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Should I change my name on DA to something shorter and snappier...? 

30 deviants said No, you've had 'shadow-and-flame-86' for going on 5 years now, its not that long and it'd be weird!
17 deviants said Yes change it to something shorter that has 'Dr' in it to celebrate becoming one XD
9 deviants said Yes change it to something shorter but more serious and to do with your website (e.g. kjrphotography)
2 deviants said Yes change it to something shorter that still has 'shadow and flame' in it (e..g SaF)


Because I like collecting things as much as the next person :aww:

I love Border Collies by WishmasterAlchemist I Keep Bettas - Stamp by LadyMarava Nikon by Krolikus
Stamp - Labcoats by deaddoll00 [Stamp] Science by Creepiest biology stamp by Ginhebi

Club stamps:

APN stamp chatty chat by Tepara SkyAndNatureClub_StampContest2 by NanaPHOTOGRAPHY Zoo-photographers stamp 2 by leocbrito Nature Photographer Stamp by greenspy Birds-Club Stamp - Chimera-DoD by Birds-Club Equine Photographer Stamp by silivrenwolf

Nature stamps:

Seal Stamp by Psorasis Pinnipeds. by Monster-Boar I heart Seals stamp by The-Fairywitch
Stop Seal Hunting by gwenbarrow STAMP: Seal Of Approval by TRiGGER80 Stop seal clubbing: still by simplestamp Orca Stamp by Raephen Freedom Stamp by Sebille-Forsythia I love Orcas by WishmasterAlchemist ZU Stamp 16 by TheZooUnity Atlantic Spotted Stamp by Morgan-Michele Dolphin Stamp I by Raephen Humpback Whale Stamp by grayorca Stamp: Say NO to Whaling by Zyrra-Chylde-Aisha I Heart Whales Support Stamp by bizarrostamps Love Horses by yelirx Horse Fanatic by Fraai horse stamp by Arya-Susy

And all the rest...

The Soul Reaver stamp by Jewel-Reaver Soul Reaver motion Stamp by SnapesImp The Reaver is the Key stamp by Jewel-Reaver Stamp: Spyro by Kazu-Kei Tetris Love stamp by dazza1008 Original PlayStation Stamp by nakashimariku Zombie Fun Stamp by Viper-mod support zombie hunting by Ashwings +Zombie Awareness+ by blazer87 Invader Zim stamp by pantheon9000 Lemony Fresh :stamp: by ellstar22 Doom stamp by Strange-little-cat aliens stamp by otakulottie :thumb137335851: :thumb169581830: Jurassic Park stamp by Blue-Fox Philosoraptor by stamps-of-yore DO NOT WANT T-Rex -Stamp- by CometTheMicroraptor Try Again Stamp by kalot3000 Best Pokemon stamp EVER by hyperlink Charmander Stamp by Kezzi-Rose Transformers Stamp by scubachickim Transformers Stamp by Slovman stamp- bumblebee by giraffesinbowties lotr stamp by jamie-valentina Lord of the Rings Stamp by PixieDust01 DragonHeart Stamp by KaidaTheDragon - Godzilla Stamp - by FelipeChoque Matrix by housewave Stamp: Kung Fu Panda by Roxy317 I'm An Idiot by renatalmar WALL-E stamp v4 by morgan-lamia Tim Burton Stamp by theestephasaurusrex Death FAN Stamp by HeruNoTenchi
  • Mood: Tired
  • Listening to: music to for the organist to play at the wedding
  • Reading: Frankenstien (again)
  • Watching: nickalodeon's ninja turtes season 2
  • Playing: Flight Rising
  • Eating: nuffin
  • Drinking: diet coke still

:star: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...

Python Dragon by Shadow-and-Flame-86

**EDIT 07.03.12**
Ok I was going to upload all my New Zealand shots at once but there are 37 of them!
So I'm going to split them up by species, first birds, then seals/sea lions, then dolphins/whales. Then next week I'll carry on with the schedule laid out at the bottom of this journal. Hope you all enjoy them!

:star:So What's going on?:star:

I've got my first proper job as a scientist here at the sea mammal research unit! =D

Against all odds (and they are awfully stacked against you when you are starting out), I have been offered a three year post doctoral job at the University of St Andrews with SMRU! To say I am happy is a huge understatement, this is life changing news for my partner and I. It means we have some security for the next three years (which is very unusual for research scientists early in their careers), we don't have to sell our lovely home and move, my partner can stay in his job that he loves here in Scotland, and I get to keep working with the amazing marine mammals around the coast of Scotland!

I will be working on the Grey Seals on the Isle of May once again, which is great as I love going to that island it is incredible! But I'll be working on a completely different issue to what my PhD was on. I'll be looking basically at how PCBs and other pollutants effect the health and survival of grey seals, both pups and adults. This is important as these pollutants persist in the ocean for a very long time, so they accumulate rather than decrease as time goes on. They effect all life in the seas but really impact on marine mammals as they have so much blubber, and the pollutants are accumulated there.

So yeah that was incredible news, and I can't really believe it! Am so happy, there really are no words ^-^

In other news, we're still trying to plan our wedding in the summer, its so much more work than I could ever have imagined but we're getting there!

Also, I was extremely honoured to be asked to contribute one of my photos of the Hector's dolphins of New Zealand to the magazine for the Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society for their winter edition. You can see it online here, my photo is on page 17! I had dolphin adoptions and stationary/posters from this organisation while I was a kid, so its amazing to now be taking photos that will hopefully help inspire the next generation of marine mammal scientists ^-^

WDC winter 2015 issue

Python Dragon by Shadow-and-Flame-86

:star:The plan moving forward... Massive New Zealand Photo Dump!:star:

In an attempt to get caught up with my backlog of shots, I will start doing bg uploads of lots of shots at once. I have never done this previously, I prefer to upload at most 5 shots at a time but I dont see any alternative! Here is the schedule:

1. New Zealand 2013
2. Spring 2014 shoots (Keilder Bird of Prey and Highland Wildlife Park)
3. Sarasota, Florida 2014
4. Summer 2014 shoots (New Forest Ponies and Cotswold Wildlife Park)
5. Winter 2014 (Twycross and Colchester Zoo)

:star:Comissions - are now closed for the time being:star:

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 I now only have one person's commission left to complete!

:star:To draw List...:star:

The ever amazing :iconwindsonde: is open once more! I am so excited, and its kind of fitting that I'm currently working on Ciameth's commission of two of her Windsonde characters. I am woefully out of practice drawing feathered wings though so its taking me a lot longer than I thought, but I really want to do these two characters justice, especially as Ciameth helped teach me so much about gryphon anatomy and drawing wings, and her Valcauroch was the first character I ever drew entirely digitally!

:bulletblue: Commission for Ciameth
:bulletblue: New size references for Milvus and Victor for Windsonde
:bulletblue: Victor's adult reference for Windsonde
:bulletblue: Milvus' 5th challenge for Windsonde
:bulletblue: Igbo's arrival for Hetherev (3 parts) II
:bulletblue: 5x FR doodles
:bulletblue: 1 FR gift art

:star:Seal Feature!:star:

A sealy feature of harbour and grey seals (the two native to the UK) to celebrate my new job, ALL THE SEALS OF APPROVAL! =D

But I want it! by JRL5 Sigmund by soyrwoo Coast Guard by Nate-Zeman
Cuteness by Svenimal The seal - Jadrinka V by tipoe Yawn by Maarten95
Harbour Seal by TVD-Photography Lovely Hermes by Remedy-Kiua Curled by woxys
The seals - Jadrinka VIII by tipoe Who am I by Svenimal Winter beach holiday... by Coigach
All whiskers... by Milanogreg Seal by Xandellasmom Um tasty .... by LittleBettysBoutique
Hey Look Over There by Agent-Of-Insanity Charming by markk3man Curious Seals by MummyOrca
The new cute by Ubhejane PFFFFFFF by lightrae

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Can I use your images as stock or for photo-manipulation, web design, web blog, or other personal/school/work projects?
:bulletred: 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?
:bulletred: 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!


Artist | Hobbyist | Photography
United Kingdom

Hello everyone :aww:

I'm a zoologist who works on marine mammals, I've just got my PhD in seal behaviour, endocrinology and neurobiology and now I work with dolphins as well as seals. I love wildlife and I hope to spend the rest of my life in the field studying animals just like I am now.

I learnt photography out of nessecity for my job and have taken it up as a hobby because its fun.




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COla013 Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2015
So.. here's the final result ^^… ... Sorry I almost forgot about this picture I've made. I hope you like it :),
Megarah-Moon Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
I love all your seal photography! They're one of my favorite animals! I can't wait to see more...: )
Shadow-and-Flame-86 Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
thank you so much! I will be going out to study them again this winter so come december there should be some more photos of them =)
Megarah-Moon Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
I'll be waiting! ^.^
SoulDragonit Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Love your gallery! You did a study that I wanted to do aswell but sadly failed ;< such a shame, but happy to see someone else doing it! :D
Shadow-and-Flame-86 Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
thank you, I'm glad you enjoyed it! I'm sorry to hear that your scientific pursuits didn't work out, I hope that one day you get a chance to go back to it if you wish to!
Jasminum-officinale Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Love your bird pics!
Shadow-and-Flame-86 Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
thank you so much! Glad you are enjoying them, there is plenty more to come too!
Dossium Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks for the watch! Be sure to keep the Deviation and Journal boxes checked ;)
Shadow-and-Flame-86 Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
my pleasure, and I have!
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