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Sheep! At least I think they are sheep. These bones, and hundreds of others, had washed up on the beach on the island of Vigur. Vigur is the island where Gisli Sursson hid for many years during his exile. Now it is home to one family, their cows, and a huge number of puffins, eider ducks and terns.
The puffins made me giggle.

Anyway, the bones were all beautifully bleached by the sun, and we found some good skull fragments which I arranged rather hastily for this photo.

Wolfsjäl
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purpleyedcoyote Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2008
It seems as though they are having a conversation.
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Wolfsjal Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2008
Maybe they were.
*laughs* It was actually a very hastily arranged composition of bones. So I'm glad it's somewhat interesting in the end.

Wolfsjäl
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purpleyedcoyote Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2008
Well it looks great none the less. Thank you for being considerate and replying to comments.
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Shadyufo Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
I love finding bones. Just like treasure to me. x3

Lovely shot!
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Wolfsjal Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2008
Me too! I took this photo on a beach on a small island in Iceland, and it was just full of perfect, sun whitened bones.

Wolfsjäl
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Shadyufo Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Aw, that's what dreams are made of! x3

Great job capturing the moment. :)
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Wolfsjal Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2008
It was a really neat place, that island. I'd never seen that many bones in one spot that hadn't been placed there by people. All the bones had just washed up along the beach.
Though I did obviously collect a few for this particular photo.

Thanks. :)

Wolfsjäl
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botchiball Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2007
hmm, maybe the was a piper that called all the sheep to a cliff.. you know, like the rat piper who called all the kids away? hehe. cool picture - the lichen is really pretty.
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Wolfsjal Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2007
*laughs* The Icelanders place too much importance on the sheep to kill them randomly by piper. XD

Thanks, I just stuck the bones on that rock because I thought it would make a decent background.

Wolfsjäl
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botchiball Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2007
meh, a little moody i'd think. very "georgia o'keefe"-y.
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Wolfsjal Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2007
lol, that should be a technical term when describing artwork with skulls. "Georgia O'Keeffe"y. XD

Wolfsjäl
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botchiball Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2007
: ).
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ladyroll Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
great!
I think make a pendant with those teet was a great idea!
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Wolfsjal Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2007
I really wanted to take home an entire backpack full of bones and skulls from that beach to make things with. But I didn't think that would go over so well with the Customs people at the airport. *laughs*

Wolfsjäl
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ladyroll Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh, really! I understand! hehehe
They was look at you strangelly at this case and you was said: "- ... a souvenir?!?"

Huahuahuahuah!

This was a great time don´t it? ^^
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KittyRose Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2007  Hobbyist Writer
Interesting find, never seen bones that white before.
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Wolfsjal Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2007
They were sun bleached I think, though they might have also been worn smooth by the water at some point for all I know, because they were all scattered along the shoreline of the beach.

Wolfsjäl
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sailortitan Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2007  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I went to a puffin tour in maine this summer, too, where we got to see them so close. They are OMG so f'ing cute.
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sailortitan Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2007  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yeah, I've heard about how they eat Puffins there. (My dad made "Puffin Pie" jokes all the way home from the Puffin watch in Maine.) In Maine, Puffins are only on the northernmost tip of the state on the islands, so you have to boat out and watch them on the island. Needless to say, that makes them sort of inefficient to use as food, plus it would be bad for the Puffin-watching business if they chased the birds off by shooting at them.
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Wolfsjal Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2007
heh, they are really damn cute! They are almost clumsy and awkward in the air, and they always remind me of a toucan and a penguin put together.
Icelanders actually hunt and eat puffin. I didn't try any while I was there, but I did see a video on how the puffins are caught. They use what looks like a giant butterfly net on a huge pole, and hold those on the ground until the puffin flies overhead, then they whip the net up into the air and snag the poor bird. It was crazy to see.
And it's sort of strange that puffins are the national bird, and you see puffin stuff EVERYWHERE in Iceland, but when you actually go out to the areas where the puffins live they are almost considered pests because of the huge numbers of them in Iceland, and the impact they have on the landscape (apparently they dig holes).

Wolfsjäl
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