Oh deer…

So on Wednesday the doe that’s been frequently spotted out back came around again. This time I was armed with my camera and took shots from the distance. As she sauntered into our neighbor’s yard for some eats I crept closer, hiding behind a fir tree to get a better shot. Well, I guess I wasn’t that intimidating because next thing I know she turned around and walked up to me. She was literally 6 feet away from where I was standing. The lovely lady just stood around for a bit and posed until she wandered off. Let’s just say I was standing there for a bit with my mouth agape…

Here’s a couple of the photos I took.

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My only concern is that she’s a bit on the thin side, so I’m hoping she is able to find all she needs to fulfill her nutritional requirements. I’m kind of tempted to hit the farm store and grab some deer supplements to leave out for her. Anyway, you can view more photos here.

And *poof* she reappears!

We’re already a month into 2011 and I can’t say I’ve been mauling my resolutions at full force. It’s partly due to school eating away at my time, but I know some of it is just making excuses. What’s the point of setting goals if you’re going to half-ass them? At any rate, I want to start posting more artwork now that I have some ideas I’m working on and a scanner available. Sometimes I post crappy phone pics of my doodles on twitter if you care to take a peek.

So… since I don’t have any art to post just yet I suppose I can explain what’s been destroying my normal sleep schedule.

Dropsophila can kiss my ass
These fuckers.

Say hello to Dropsophila melanogaster aka the fruit fly. They make wonderful organisms to study genetics because they produce many offspring relatively quickly. Unfortunately, to make crosses between different flies I need virgin females. Because they mature super quickly (6 hours at room temp!) I have to check them every 6-10 hours so the females don’t get knocked up and ruin the gene pool. Oh yes, and these experiments are going to take 2-3 months to complete. On the plus side I guess I’ll become an expert in sexing fruit flies.