First in my “saints” series, the wonderful yet under appreciated turkey vulture. They’re an important clean up crew and a vital part of the ecosystems they inhabit, but they are also at the mercy of human effects on the environment, not least of which being lead shot used to hunt game.
Pyrography on basswood with Golden brand acrylics. Colwood detailer wood burning unit.
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I’m re-reading Harry Potter
And I’m thinking of muggle-born students and hobbies.
Imagine a student sitting in their common room, knitting, needle felting, crocheting, gluing puzzles together.
And then the others of their house, “What are you doing?” “I’m crocheting.” “By hand?” “Yes?” “But.. Why?” “Because I like to? It’s relaxing to me.” “Crocheting by hand is relaxing to you?!”
They’d be so confused. Muggle-born students still do things by hand. When they’ve been born and raised by magic around them. They’ve seen these being done. But by magic. A sweater knitting in air by their mom.
Imagine a muggle-born student sneaking into the kitchen with the house elves. Baking from scratch because they’re stress baking about their OWLs. They go back to their common room with plates of cookies and another housemate comes by “oh I love getting fresh cookies from the elves!” “Oh I made these. I had to take a break and stress bake..” “you bake.. when you’re stressed?” “Yeah. Feel free to take a cookie. They’re my favorite recipe to make from scratch.” “You bake from scratch?!”
It’s like my favorite thing to think about right now.
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