Sunday, 29 April 2012

West Coast Creature Feature- The Spectacular Anna's Hummingbird

Here at Teddy Forest, the bears and I are very interested in local ecology, so we have decided to add a West Coast Creature Feature. At least once a month, we will feature a fantastical creature that lives in our wonderful rainforest!

We'll start with the spectacular Anna's Hummingbird.
Photo by smallgirl, April 30 2012
This 4-inch hummingbird lives on the Pacific Coast from California to British Columbia. It emits a high-pitch squeek and can often be seen chirping at the tops of twiggy trees, shining like a tiny green or red jewel. The female is green while the male is green with a red head. This particular Anna's hummingbird is well camouflaged in her tiny nest. I was so excited when I found her that I thought I might faint! This is the first nest I've ever seen, although Anna's hummingbirds are numerous in the rainforest. Do you ever see hummingbirds?

Thursday, 26 April 2012

Spring means Swamp Lanterns

Bears all over the westcoast rainforest are waking up to delicious swamp lanterns, also know as skunk cabbage (Lysichiton americanus). These beautiful yellow flowered plants help black bears clear out their digestive tracts after a long hibernation. Here, Blackie and Blacky are enjoying an afternoon snack.

Blacky by Unipak, who also doubles as a cute purse, was a dumpster dive rescue. He's much happier munching swamp lanterns in Teddy Forest.

Blackie, a very vintage make by littlebluebirdcrafts has been a fixture in Teddy Forest for a long time. She's a little on the shy side but loves to get out into the woods in spring time.

Have a swampy-sweet day!

Sunday, 15 April 2012

Spring has Sprung!

Happy Spring! We do live in a temperate rainforest, so we don't complain about the rain here in Teddy Forest, but we are happy for this recent bout of sun. Carmen, Bruno, Stella Bunny, and Chicky Chick went out to the garden to play this afternoon.

Elf planter: 1951 Gilner California, Carmen: designed and needlefelted by smallgirl, Bruno: designed and handsewn by smallgirl, Stella Bunny: Easter vintage, Chicky Chick: souvenir from the chicken farmer association.

Carmen, needlfelted by smallgirl
Have a great week <3

Monday, 9 April 2012

Martin- A Teddy Forest Friend

This is Martin, made in Canterbury, UK by the Canterbury Bear Co. One year ago this week I got him from the Hamley's at St. Pancras Station in London. Here, he is enjoying the beautiful Isle of Wight. He is named after the (possibly unfortunate) Old Martin, the first grizzly bear brought to England. He was given to the Royal Menagerie by the Hudson's Bay Company and kept in the Tower of London in the 1800s. His ghost has been reported once, haunting the Tower. Teddy Forest's Martin has happily settled in to the West Coast lifestyle and says the rain reminds him of home.