Like my photos? I now have my very own website! I will post all my zoo trips here and many more shots than I post on DA... www.kjrwildlifephotography.com Where the hell have I been for the last +6 months?
once again, the simple answer is I've been working on my PhD thesis, AND NOW ITS HANDED IN
I am so happy that it is finally finished, the last 6 months have been full of ups and downs, there have been lots of good things but unfortunatly its also been a very tough time for my partner and my own family's, with sadly a lot of deaths to deal with, especially since the new year
BUT hopefully 2014 will get better, so here I am back on DA because I HAVE missed it, much more than I thought I would! Seriously if you ever find yourself a bit fed up with the drama or stressed with keeping up with everything, then take a month or so break and then come back
I have got through several thousand messages that have been waiting for me in my abscence, if you were kind enough to send me a comment at some point during my hiatus then I WILL reply to you at some point! I am determined to reply to everyone eventually, just a few hundred left to go now XD so what has happened since the last journal in July?
Lots of things XD
As I mentioned at the end of my last journal, in July my partner of almost 7 years now moved in with me after about 6 years of long distance, which has been fantastic. We are even trying to find ourselves a house to buy here in Scotland which is very grown up and scary but kind of exciting at the same time. Just need to find the right one now!
From July onwards the PhD basically took over my life, I was horrified to find out this month that I had renewed my Edinburgh Zoo membership in May 2013 but hadn't been to the zoo to get my card yet I've been so busy! So my photography, like my drawing and well everything that isn't science, took a real hit since my hiatus began and its so nice now starting to get back into going out for a day just to take photos, or having the evening to draw beasties again ^-^
I had a pretty busy autumn/winter on top of the thesis writting. I got to go to Chicago for the first time to present my work at the conference for the International Society for Wildlife Endocrinology (ISWE). The conference was amazing, everyone there is so nice! And there are only about a hundred or so people there so its not too intimidating for a novice presenter like me XD I didn't get much time to see Chicago while I was there, but I did get to go to the Shedd Aquarium and have a great behind the scenes tour with some of my friends ftom ISWE who work with them on the marine mammals there. No pictures (didn't have time!) but it was interesting to go to a dolphinarium that was entirely indoors, I've only ever been to ones that are outdoors before!
After that I went out onto the Isle of May for a month to help out with the annual seal colony studies. I love going out with the seals, and it was great to get one last season with them as I don't know what I'll be doing next year, so I may not have time to go and work with them again
I then got to go to New Zealand for just under a month, AGH it was so incredible! The conference was great, I got lots of good feedback about my work and it was the biggest crowd I've presented to so far. I've been to NZ twice before but have only seen the mountain areas of the south island, never the coast. It has been my dream to go to Kaikoura to see the Dusky dolphins there since I was very young, watching nature documentaries about Duskies as a kid is one of the things that inspired me to study marine mammals! And we had a fantastic trip out to see them, we went on a really early trip (5am!) but it was worth it, saw a pod of about a thousand, with young calves, all travelling and socialising and breaching all over the place, was incredible! We also saw albatros and sperm whale there, and then we were lucky enough to see the endangered Hector's dolphin at a place called Akora. I also went to Weta workshop, which was incredible and made me want to quit science and design monsters and creatures for movies for the rest of my life instead XD Then we headed up to Aukland to get my flight home, but not before trying to see some Bryde's whales in the gulf outside the city. I didn't get to see them but DID see a massive pod of feeding common dolphins with gannets raining down everywhere, that was great! Also got to see the world's most endangered peguin species, the yellow eyed penguin, and the most endangered sea lion species, the New Zealans Sea lion, in the wild which was amazing, and loads of NZ fur seals and their tiny pups, so cute! So there are LOTS of photos of all that to come, watch this space!
Then we came back for Christmas, and I arrived home on the 24th december. I got the best early Christmas present ever that afternoon, I got an email telling me my first scientific paper had been accepted for publication in a journal! Was over the moon ^-^
Then before I knew it, it was January and all hell really broke loose, we sadly had two deaths in the family and lots of very unwell people too... AND thesis finalising. Not a good time >.<
But I then handed in, and since then I have been working on writting more papers from my PhD and planning my new research project, which hopefully will be on bottlenose dolphins this time! I am going out to Florida to do research on them in May, and we'll take it from there. I'm also finishing my training to become a Marine Mammal Observer (MMO), which is a fancy title for someone oil companies have to have on their boats that are scouting for new oil fields at sea, looking out for whales, dolphins and seals incase they are close by when they start the airguns (the airguns create sound that they project into the sea bed and, like sonar, based on what is reflected back they can survey underwater for oil and gas). The training is really expensive, and involves neat stuff like being put in a helicopter body over a pool, strapped in, flipped upside down then dunked in the tank to simulate a helicopter ditch in the sea, and you have to escape to pass! Exciting. I really hope I pass my medical this week, otherwise I won't be able to get any work and I REALLY need the money right now XD
so that pretty much brings us up to date I guess, I hope everyone's been happy and healthy while I've been gone, and hello to all my new watchers! I can't believe I've got over 1000 now!Comissions - are now closed for the time being
I would just like to simultansously appologise to all the people who commissioned me before I went away from DA and thank them for being so lovely and patient with me all this time. Everyone who has ordered a commission and paid already will still get their picture, and to appologise for the massive wait, the four people who I have kept waiting can have one free character drawing from me to say sorry.
I am working on them as fast as I can! I've already finished the first one, so only three to go now. To draw List...
Commission for Liis1990
Commission for MancunianRain
Commission for Ciameth
Victor's adult reference for Windsonde
Milvus' 5th challenge for Windsonde
Igbo's arrival for Hetherev
(3 parts) II
FR pic of Morgul
RP doodle 'Fall'
Can I use your images as stock or for photo-manipulation, web design, web blog, or other personal/school/work projects?
No, this gallery contains no stock images. All my photographs are copyrighted and may not be altered, printed or published in any media and/or format.
I'm a painter/sketch artist, may I use your photo(s) as reference?
Feel free to use my non-stock photos as reference to your traditional and/or digital Drawings/Paintings/Artisan Crafts and Sculptures. Please send me a link to your finished work and credit me in the comment and link to the original deviation photo. I love seeing people's interpretations of my photos and have a fav gallery just for them!
Please respect the rules! Thanks!