The Pokeberry Quilt

The Pokeberry Quilt

Saturday, February 03, 2007

Deer Antlers

I've always thought the shedding of antlers by the deer and elk are such an oddity of nature.

They leave behind these artistic works of nature that they have been growing all year, a reflection of their health and age. Some have unusual color markings, the base shows the ring around the bottom where it was once attached to their head and you can see the different color marking in the closeup.



This antler was just dropped and you can still see just a bit of blood on the white base even though is has been washed, the area on the skull of the deer will close up after bleeding just a bit. This is the buck without his antlers, to the left of the tree, he is shy and embarrassed now that he has lost his sign of masculinity, I imagine it's like going bald over night for a man.

2 comments:

  1. Do you do anything with the antlers? I have heard that they can be sawn into buttons...

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  2. We picked up a few antlers around my parent's property (California) and one of my dogs loved to chew on them! She only nibbled the tips though, it's is a very tough piece of the deer, stronger than the bone, I imagine.

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