Not a "fairy" a fairy predator!
In April 2014, while transplanting a tree in our yard, I hit something that was rock hard.
Much to my surprise, it was not just an ordinary rock:
it became obvious that it was the petrified skull of a Fairyraptor!
Like many kids, I took a turn at wanting to be an archeologist or a paleontologist. Digging in the dirt and making amazing discoveries still holds some appeal. I spent many hours at the University of Michigan's Natural History Exhibit Museum and poured over books on the wonders of ancient Egypt, especially Tutankhamun, as "The Treasures of Tutankhamun" began touring in 1972. Luckily, as a certified fairyologist, I get to indulge in that sort of exploration, extrapolation and inference. Just the other day it was warm enough, after a too long Winter, that we were digging a sizable hole for a new dogwood tree. Naturally there were roots and rocks to impede the progress. One rock was remarkably flat on one side. Not much further into the hole, I unearthed a second. I immediately recognized their association. They were two halves of a whole in a hole. The uppers and lowers; maxilla and mandible, in fact the entire skull of what was once the terror of Cretaceous fairies! There are no teeth evident, because the Fairyraptor would mash the unfortunate fairy between its powerful pallet and crushing jaw, not unlike a frog with a dragonfly. If you are are a careful observer, such as myself, you may note the absence of orbits (eye sockets), eye holes or nasal cavities. I have determined that the senses of the fairyraptor were rather limited, BUT, like pit vipers, the fairy raptor likely had a heat-sensing organ, or a heightened sense of "taste", via a lizard-like tongue. Fairies are very difficult to see, what with their glamour and all, and their music can be enchanting so vision and hearing could prove to be distractions while hunting fairy prey. Obviously, these specialized traits were not enough for the fairyraptors to outlast the fairies themselves It is the "Rhombus of Life". On the bright side ( ? ) we still hear about fairies, but no one hears about fairyraptors
Fairyraptor skull, next to the excavation site.
Fairyraptor skull, revealing the fairy crushing mouth
Fairyraptor skull, jaws closed
Fairyraptor 1st concept sketch.
Fairyraptor 2nd concept sketch.
Fairyraptor 2nd concept color begins.
Fairyraptor aka "Silver Tongue Devil" color concept.
Fairyraptor aka "Silver Tongue Devil"* and prey.
*Also known as "The Silver Tongue Devil", as its long, sticky, poisonous tongue appears a sparkling iridescent silver, which is surely enticing to fairies.
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This is where it (fairy doors) all began the concept, the phenomenon. This site is all about the Fairy Doors in Ann Arbor, Michigan (the original fairy doors) and what illustrator, Jonathan b. Wright , certified fairyologist, discovers about them. It includes photographs of the Fairy Doors, comments in the Fairy Journals, Observations and speculations about the Fairies. Tiny Doors, Urban Fairies®, Faery, Faeries, Fairy, Fairies, miniature doors, tiny doors, little doors, tiny fairy doors, little fairy doors, little faery doors, tiny faery doors, weensy doors, Sweetwaters Coffee & Tea, Peaceable Kingdom, Jefferson Market, The Ark, The Ann Arbor Framing Company, Selo Shevel Gallery, Lakewood Elementary Kindergarten, Fairy ticket window, Found Gallery, Mott Children's Hospital, The Michigan Theater, Google Offices, Nicola's Books, Found Gallery, Flying Pumpkin Cottage, fairy entrances, fairy windows, fairy spaces, fairy store, fairy shop, Flat Fairies, Clarence the Bridge Troll, fairy droppings. The site will be updated frequently with new excerpts from the Fairy Journals, New fairy sightings, Specifics about each location a fairy map. Any new knowledge of the fairy activity will be passed along by Jonathan. Also on this site are some hidden fairy surprises and a list of Frequently Asked Questions about Fairies. There is a brief history of how Jonathan became involved with the Urban Fairies®. There are links to local publications about the Urban Fairy® phenomenon. Jonathan is currently writing several books on the fairies in collaboration with his wife, Kathleen, who coincidentally has found a fairy door in her kindergarten classroom. Hopefully it will be fun and informative to come back and see what's new with the Urban Fairies of Ann Arbor.
THESE ARE THE ORIGINAL FAIRY DOORS
of the turn of the (last) century