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RMCD Visitors

One of the many joys of living and working in the back country hills above Gilroy, California is the beautiful visitors we get to see regularly at the Rocky Mountain Decor offices. Last week, the staff was startled to find a raccoon hiding in the storage shed, but this morning we had a more elegant and peaceful set of visitors.

This small group of deer wandered onto the property in search of a tasty breakfast and happily munched on sweet, fallen apples. So, as the staff trickled in this morning, with coffee in hand, they were greeted by these unaffected creatures. This tiny herd was even kind enough to let us snap a few pictures to share with you.

There is something truly relaxing and comforting about starting your day surrounded by the wondrous beauty nature has to offer… we think you should try it!


Posted by on August 3, 2010 in Animal Encounters


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Big Game Antlers- a quick guide…

Antlers are awesome- from the wide antlers of Bull Moose, to the delicate branchlike growths of Caribou, no two are alike.  But can you tell the difference? Some people have a hard time remembering the difference between various types of antlers and their owners. Here’s a good way to remember- I use it all the time to teach my friends and family.

“Silent Waters” by John Seerey-Lester

Spread out your hands real wide and stick your thumbs on your temples, with you palms facing upward. That’s a Moose- with PALMATE antlers.

“On The Move” by George LaVanish

Now, move your outstretched hands to the top of your head, resting your wrists on the top of you head and your thumbs facing back. Curl your fingers like you’re holding a ball. That’s a Deer with their basket-like antler structure.

Whitetails and Mule Deer have Different antler structures-Whitetails have a single beam that arches over their head like a crown,whereas Muley’s branch upwards like a tree.

“Indian Summer” by Carl Brenders
Now, keep your hands spread wide and put your elbows against your ears. This resembles the single beam of Elk antlers that go back from the head and over the back. Your forearms represent the beam that the points extend from.

Remember these positions and you’ll be able to recall which animal owns which antlers- not to mention a neat way to teach folks about Big Game,  in a fashion they’ll never forget!

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