The Green Wolf

My ask box is open. I answer most questions privately, unless it's something that other people may be wondering about AND it's not something personal about the person asking. Feel free to ask me stuff about nature, working with animal parts in art and spirituality, paganism, ethical omnivory, sustainability and environmentalism, and so forth.

Be aware that this Tumblr frequently includes pictures of art made with animal remains, as well as occasional liberal political ideologies. Mostly it's nature photography and art (and not just of charismatic megafauna).

Artist, author, naturalist pagan, and wannabe polymath living in the Pacific Northwe(s)t.


I discovered neopaganism in the mid-1990s, and shortly thereafter began my work with animal totems and neoshamanism. Over the years I've wandered through various paths, ranging from Wicca-flavored neopaganism to Chaos magic, and for several few years I created (and followed) Therioshamanism, a post-industrial neo-shamanic path. These days I've relaxed into a more integrated ecopaganism, less about rituals and journeying, and more about the sacred in every moment.

I've also been creating various neopagan ritual tools and other sacred art from hides, bones, beads and other such things since about the same time. And I've written several nonfiction books on totemism, animal magic, and related topics. My newest book is "Plant and Fungus Totems: Connect With Spirits of Field, Forest and Garden"..

A few places to find me, as I'm all over the internet:


http://www.thegreenwolf.com
http://thegreenwolf.etsy.com
https://www.facebook.com/TheGreenWolfLupa
www.patheos.com/blogs/pathsthroughtheforests/
http://www.patreon.com/user?u=224084

Escape to the Wilderness

Hey, all! I am wandering off to wilderness places for a few days; I wrote up a bit more on why.

rene-art:

abby-howard:

ANOTHER ANATOMY POST! Only three vertebrate groups have successfully evolved flight: Birds, Bats, and Pterosaurs, which are NOT dinosaurs, and are an extremely diverse group of reptiles! Pterodactyl is not the only one. However, birds ARE dinosaurs. Avian dinosaurs!

Wings are not some extra structure you tack on to a creature and somehow the arms go away— they ARE arms. Think about that when you are designing creatures with wings and also giving them arms. That means your creature has six limbs.

Next anatomy post: The anatomy and evolution of DRAGONS. If you guys have any requests, feel free to send them in!

Yes! Remember this little cheeky post I made about this the other day? http://rene-art.tumblr.com/post/94985239906/

Well it’s quite important! In order to understand creature design, you must understand anatomy! Now if I receive one more comment about how I made Charizard’s wings ‘look like arms,’ I will link them to both my post and this one (which explains it much better)!

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bloodyxxkisses:

hannabalx:

fortheloveoforca:

emptythetanks:

savethewailes:

sharkhugger:

Petition: Hong Kong Government: Legislate a ban on the sale and possession of shark fin in Hong Kong.

From Honduras to New Caledonia, from the Bahamas to the Maldives, the people have spoken. And governments have listened. Now is the time for Hong Kong to wake up! The public is ready. The business sector is behind us. Now is the time for a total sale and possession ban on shark fin in Hong Kong. By doing so, Hong Kong will take a giant step to join the conservation efforts of numerous countries around the world who have enacted shark protection legislation. In Latin America it will join Honduras. In the United States it will join California, New York, Hawaii, Washington, Maryland, Delaware and Oregon. In the Pacific region it will join Palau, Tokelau, Marshall Islands, French Polynesia, Cook Islands, American Samoa, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands and New Caledonia. Even China has agreed to stop serving shark fin soup at official banquets, to take effect in the next year or two.

Banning shark fin from the streets of Hong Kong will be the single most important marine conservation achievement of the year. It will be an important step towards protecting the health of our oceans. It will also remove the stain on Hong Kong’s reputation as a world-class tourism hub.

This petition is endorsed by: Shark Rescue

BALLSIEST. PETITION. EVER.

IF THERE WAS EVER A HEAD TO THIS DRAGON - THERE IT IS.
DO YOU KNOW WHAT A HUGE DIFFERENCE THIS WOULD MAKE??? WITHOUT THE ISSUE OF SHARK FIN SOUP WE COULD CONCENTRATE ON THE ISSUE OF BYCATCH AND SOLVE THIS ISSUE PERMANENTLY.

Save sharks! They are so important.

please sign the petition guys

Its a fucking blood bath! Sign this petition you guys!

I’m crying……..SAVE THE SHARKS PLEASE. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE.

FUCK THIS. Please sign this. :’(

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historicallyaccuratesteve:

magpieandwhale:

thisiscitylab:

The haunting beauty of Germany’s WWII bomb craters.

[Images: Henning Rogge]

Huh. What a weird concept, honestly. Will be thinking about this framing.

This reminds me a lot of the craters at Pointe du Hoc in Normandy. Rather than fill in the craters left in the wake of the D-Day invasion, the French left them as a testament to the destruction of war.

Those all look like really young trees surrounding the ones in the woods, too. Not surprising, given that seventy years ago the land was probably blasted all to bits from the bombing.

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buggirl:

Beneficial Bug of the Day:  American Burying Beetle: Nicrophorus americanus
This is one of my favorite beetles.  It is a fascinating animal for many reasons.  These beetles not only are one of a few insects to engage in parental care, they are even more remarkable as both parents work together to care for their young.
The adults have a highly sensitive sense of smell which they use to find small dead animals, most often rodents.  They then bury the dead carcass underground.  They then chew the rodent into a meatball, and lay their eggs onto it.  Once their larvae hatch, they protect them, and even feed the young chewed up bits of the carrion…much like that of bird parents!  Their rather gross habits rid the environment of disease carrying dead rodents.  They also decrease fly populations, as many of the adult beetles carry phoretic mites on their bodies which will eat any fly eggs that the dead rodents may contain.  
This particular species is endangered.  Habitat destruction and an increase in competition from increased population of scavengers (coyotes, raccoons, etc have increased lately due to their generalist lifestyle.  A decrease in apex predators, such as mountain lions and wolves, also led to an increase in mesopredators).   The beetle is Federally protected, and many breeding programs are in place to help their conservation effort.  
Learn from buggirl?  Pledge a dollar to her research here!


I remember Bernd Heinrich writing about these critters in Life Everlasting. Fascinating and completely underrated little critters; I’m glad there are breeding programs in place.

buggirl:

Beneficial Bug of the Day:  American Burying Beetle: Nicrophorus americanus

This is one of my favorite beetles.  It is a fascinating animal for many reasons.  These beetles not only are one of a few insects to engage in parental care, they are even more remarkable as both parents work together to care for their young.

The adults have a highly sensitive sense of smell which they use to find small dead animals, most often rodents.  They then bury the dead carcass underground.  They then chew the rodent into a meatball, and lay their eggs onto it.  Once their larvae hatch, they protect them, and even feed the young chewed up bits of the carrion…much like that of bird parents!  Their rather gross habits rid the environment of disease carrying dead rodents.  They also decrease fly populations, as many of the adult beetles carry phoretic mites on their bodies which will eat any fly eggs that the dead rodents may contain. 

This particular species is endangered.  Habitat destruction and an increase in competition from increased population of scavengers (coyotes, raccoons, etc have increased lately due to their generalist lifestyle.  A decrease in apex predators, such as mountain lions and wolves, also led to an increase in mesopredators).   The beetle is Federally protected, and many breeding programs are in place to help their conservation effort. 

Learn from buggirl?  Pledge a dollar to her research here!

I remember Bernd Heinrich writing about these critters in Life Everlasting. Fascinating and completely underrated little critters; I’m glad there are breeding programs in place.

mildlyautisticsuperdetectives:

mildlyautisticsuperdetectives:

Hey everybody, I promised a more official post and here it is.  

As some of followers know, I wasn’t able to return to my summer job in Ohio this year due to a family emergency (my grandfather’s illness and eventual death). 

The great thing about my summer job in Ohio was that it was relevant to my degree, and very spoon-friendly for me. The only summer long jobs available in my town are retail jobs that would have been anything but spoon-friendly for me, due to my social anxiety, caused in part my my autism.

I held various jobs over the summer, such as cleaning, small sewing jobs, and teaching four theatre camps. I was hoping that I would be able to earn enough money to get me through the school year, and maybe even take a trip to Chicago that I have been planning for a long time.

Then my dad had a stroke. He is doing well, but he had to have surgery and spend several days in the hospital (mostly in ICU). Because he is retired and only works part time now, my family does not have health insurance at the moment, so the bill is entirely on our shoulders.  

Additionally, I have finally started taking medication for my depression and anxiety.

Things aren’t as bad as they could be; my grandfather left us some money that we will be able to use to help pay the medical bills with, however I honestly have no idea how much.

Normally I can rely on my parents throughout the school year to help me pay groceries and the like, but I don’t want to put them in a situation where I am unable to do so if I need to. 

This also kind of throws a wrench in my travel plans, and I currently have no idea how or if that situation will work itself out.

If I could take a semester off to earn money, I would definitely do so. However, taking time off would put me at risk of losing my scholarship, so the temporary fix would only cause more problems in the long run.

Over the summer I started an Etsy store. I’ve been making accessories and dolls to sell, and I would really appreciate it if people would check it out, and consider purchasing something. Even if you can’t purchase anything, signal boosting this post would be great. 

The dolls pictured above are designed by me. As you can see, most of them are styled after David Bowie, however I also take commissions. The bottom image is a picture of a commission I made for a friend. If you like the style but don’t see a doll you want, I would be more than happy to make one for you.

My Etsy store can be found here: https://www.etsy.com/shop/StardustSewing?ref=pr_shop_more

And finally, just to make one thing clear, I am not in dire straits right now, and I don’t want to give the impression that I am. However, a little help is much appreciated at this time, as this is causing me some stress that I don’t need right now.

Thank you all for reading, and remember that my ask box is always open if you want to talk to me about a custom item. 

I’m tagging this as David Bowie  and Pushing Daisies so that fans can see the dolls I’ve made, in case they are interested. :)

Sorry to bring this back so quickly, but I just wanted to add that I’ve added another listing, for an upcycled denim choker.

https://www.etsy.com/listing/200514765/upcycled-denim-choker-necklace-with?ref=pr_shop

Please note, choker may NOT be sensory friendly for everyone.

As another note, if anyone has any suggestions for items they would like to see in my shop, please feel free to send me a message to let me know!

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