Lately I have been finding myself filled with nostalgia for my previous position at the Midwest Museum of Natural History as the museum's photographer. I absolutely loved going into work and not really knowing what the day would hold for me; whether it be sitting desk, helping with live animal care, entering items into the collections database, or photographing the collection items or events. The only work that came home with me was photo editing. As I push forward into another round of job applications, I am crossing my fingers as tightly as possible to have the chance at another position that I am just as excited about. Sadly, most positions along these lines are intern/volunteer positions, but I am trying my best to stay positive and excited about new opportunities. One thing that I am sure of is that I will be living with my husband again, which is a huge deal! We have decided that we have spent long enough apart (almost 4 years) and uprooted because of school/work and it is time for us to start OUR life together in a place that we enjoy. Possibly Buffalo, Erie, Pittsburgh, Cleveland, Cincinnati.... who knows?
To all of my coastal friends and family, please keep an eye out for any curious starfish activity including:
-Deaths and wasting both underwater and in the rocky tide pools on the beach
-Starfish curled up and or hiding in unusual ways
-Groups of starfish washed up onto the beach
There is an incredibly horrible epidemic that is growing within the sea star population. Sea videographer and diver Laura James has started the use of hashtags #sickstarfish or #nosickstarfish to help scientists gather information from crowdsourcing. Please, if you notice any of the above listed behaviors, take a photo and add the hashtags to hopefully help find what is causing this terrible outbreak.
"We may not be able to stop it, and we may not be able to fix it but we need to be aware so that we can recognize it when it happens again..." -Laura James
Here's a little taste of the drawing I've been working on over the weekend. It's going slowly, snakes have so many scales! Depending how this turns out... I just might turn it into a print over the summer. Or it might just end up living in the flat files with the rest of my stuff. Or both.
Words and Stuff.
Here you will find Kim's musings, thoughts on art related topics and the most current updates on her work.