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erin_c_1978 ([personal profile] erin_c_1978) wrote2011-05-16 01:11 pm
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Anime club & Willowbrook Nature Center

Jeez, that was nihilistic as hell. I wish I hadn't slept through the last half of last month's episode so I could have appreciated this one better.

Am bummed that we couldn't see Occult Academy because Mike brought the wrong episode, but I'm really starting to like Gosick (what a name). I had a nice conversation with both Mike (our club pres), and Mary (the only other woman at anime club), which was both nice in and of itself and something of a confidence booster.

Summaries of the aforementioned anime:

  • In Katanagatari, the shogun's strategist (can't recall the precise time period) searches out the heir to the swordless school of swordfighting to help her seek out the lost Deviant Blades of master swordsmith Shikizaki Kiki, but all is not as it seems. Beautiful computer-enhanced animation that's NOT 3-D, but has a bit of a paper cut-out effect.
  • Occult Academy is about an academy of the occult run by its deceased headmaster's daughter, a tsundere who is trying to stop doomsday with a time-traveling twerp. It's really silly, really nicely animated (Studio Bones, I think), and I've gotten very fond indeed of the cast, even Bunmei, the aforementioned time-traveling twerp.
  • Gosick takes place in 1924 at a boarding school in the made-up European country of Sauville, in which a young Japanese exchange student whose classmates think he's the grim reaper or something meets the "Golden Fairy of the Library", a young girl locked on the top floor who is basically Sherlock Holmes. I didn't think I'd like this, but it's turning out to be enjoyable, and I quite like its art nouveau sensibilities.

At Willowbrook Nature Center, I took some photos of the critters in care.

Orphaned baby gray squirrel. His ear is floppy because there's a tag on it.

I couldn't get clear photos of any of the other residents, but their nursery facility seems to be hip deep in gray squirrels. I'm surprised they're taking baby rabbits again; for a while they weren't because so few of them made it.

The birds are all non-releasable permanent residents. I tried to photograph the chipping sparrow and warblers, but they were all so twitchy I couldn't get a clear picture. I have no idea how anybody manages to photograph all those twitchy little insect-eating birds without a high-speed camera, but my hat is off to them.

Mr. Cardinal.

Mrs. Cardinal.

Swainson's thrush and eastern bluebird.

Gray catbird. He was very interested in my camera.

Baltimore oriole. Once, many years ago, we had orioles nesting in front of the now-deceased elm tree in front of our house. The little sack-like nest they left behind clung to the end of a branch for two years before falling off onto our lawn.

Cedar waxwing. I think they are SO beautiful.

Mourning dove.

Green heron.

Screech owl, in for a head injury.

White-throated sparrow (one of the two species my mom and I call "poophead sparrows", the other kind being white-crowned).