Dissertation Dun dah daaaa

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It is finally here, 8,000 which aint so bad but alson still daunting i really want to nail this one but still haven’t seen my dissertation tutor is unfortunately now been taken seriously ill, which is very upsetting for all. I feel like i am swimming in soup with my ideas, there are quite a few, and i am digesting a lot of info about surrealism, as my dissertation topic is around the

Phycological generation of Surrealism within photography

Why am i looking at this?

Because i want to know why, i am always asking why, even if it frustrates the human being i am asking, sometimes even myself to a point of self combustion, i always have this gut feeling there is a reason for everything, and sometimes we are just unconsciously unaware of the real truths behind things, the way we treat one another the way we speak to one another etc. And perhaps we can evolve a little as a race if we just learned to listen to ourselves a little more, and not be afraid to be weird, surreal or individual.

I don’t believe anything was supported or born from something with an obvious reason, and no reward or therapy goes towards those pioneering the idea, in this case Andre Breton Within Surrealism, but maybe it does, maybe Breton unconciously created surrealism as a form of escape, maybe Max Ernest, Marcel Duchamp and Breton ran away from the Nazis, but saw and heard some terrible things, perhaps they were in shock, many say Dali was psychotic, crazy, weird, or mental, but was he hurting anyone? was he forcing his art down their throats? or had surrealists unawarinly learnt how to tap into this unconcious that so blindly controls mainstream society, like the parents awnser to a childs question of why, ‘with because i know best’ perhaps this ‘80%’ of claimed brain space we do not use or even know about, could be used, could be taught or known about, but is being suppressed by mainstream, dare i even say it communist visual messages and ideologies, keeping us all safe by putting a screen in front of our face, arguable even like a parent with a bored and irritated child, an actually holding evolution, and the human race as a whole back?

…..And i am back, my goodness look at these words that suddenly appeared! yey!! (this actually aint so bad after all) dissertation here i come….what was i worried about 😛

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Say Gecko!

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Starting off with two really awesome shots that show you guys just how intricate these geckos really are, they are incredibly visually rewarding! great to handle and overall cheap to own and they live for a long time, they don’t need a lot of space and bring me and my friend ours of fun especially when they take down crickets! I shall hopefully have some images to show you of fired up and fired down crested geckos, this means that they change colour dependant on temperature, mood, feeding, whatever, its not certain yet, but it is awesome, and i will have some really good photos currently our geckos are just entering shed so stayed tuned to see what they really can look like, its like a mini chameleon too! DSC_0147

Below is an image of our third lizard to own after the two cresties above, Dave (the name stuck from the person we rescued him from it suits him perfectly) he is a standings day gecko, can’t think of the latin name and need to be quick with this post, got a lot of dissertation notes to organise! BUT he is beautiful a lovely bright green on the head and a bright blue on the tale, he has had some shedding problems we think in the past, but has recently just gone through two sheds really rather smoothly and is putting on weight and muscle! yey dave! we are currently also looking for a girlfriend for him, as these guys are currently on the Vulnerable list! Dave is a Day gecko therefore he comes out in the day time rather than our other geckos who only come out at night, so we have the best of both worlds round the clock, it works really nicely.
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Full body image of Flash, such a beautiful flash of yellow hence the name, she’s a lot calmer than dynamite a couple of weeks late on hatching compared to her sister dynamite and the rest of the clutch, the runt basically, but it was love at first site for me!DSC_0149

These Cresties don’t have any eyelids in fact most if not all gecko species do not have eyelids! instead small spiny eyelash looking protrusions of hard skin and tissue form out of the tops of their eyes like eyelashes that sink inwards reflecting light from their eye in the day time, as they are nocturnal super super bright lights or bright flashes can really effect their eyesight! (i made this image lighter so you could see the ‘eyelash’ sinking of the eye, basically my gecko having a good old 40 winks….kinda!)

Stay tuned for more from me and these guys, we just rescued another gecko from the site Preloved, so many animals un wanted and needing to go to a good home! i am so pleased my boyfriend loves these lil dino’s as much as i do, currently filling out his room and discussing about breeding and selling reptiles and then getting a shop in Copenhagen (we love the city, 1000 free bikes every year just on the road, yes please thank you please)

Dave <3

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daveHeres another better picture of dave, standings day gecko and a care sheet of what he needs, he’s a fantastic day gecko and was a really great rescue, he’s settling in really well with a very healthy appetite and had his first shed with us which went really smoothly!

http://www.lllreptile.com/info/library/animal-care-sheets/geckos/-/standings-day-gecko/

Interestingly however standings day geckos are more colourful when they are babies males and females, i thought this would be the other way around heres how the pattern changed throughout their lives and as they mature,

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Baby Standings

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Adolecent standings

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Adult standings

Summer days drifting away….

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So summer is officially over here in england its september now but still hot apparently where due an indian summer, which is where its hotter quite a lot in septemeber! lucky us i hope!

this summer a lot of things have been happening, i have been a busy bookworm studying away so sorry there have been no posts and its been rather quite, i promise you though i will be updating things as i go along now that i am back at uni, in fact i have a presentation next thursday for Dissertation! rather nerve-racking but hopefully it will go pay just got to prepare!

With uni up and running of course i have picked up my camera (took a break from it as third year is going to be hectic) again and starting shooting, much to my delight some of my skills i have noticed like my manual focus has got better!

Heres a little something for you to feast your eyes upon, our new additions this summer ❤

Larger update on these guys, in the future now dedicating myself to dissertation presentation, lots of reading to catch up on!

Hope you had a great summer too 🙂 or are about to have one! but like myself i am getting the jumpers to and stocking up on hot chocolate.

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Tank update

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Unfortunately the dwarf puffer fish we had all turned out to be males that hadn’t fully matured in their colours which resulted in a sudden pubescent eruption of whose boss, which turned nasty very quickly, plus reaching havoc on all the other tank mates that they had peacefully swum with before. Above is an image of two of the puffs, the one on the left is (if you can believe it, so tiny!) puffing up, or sizing up to the other puffer fish.

Needless to say we had to take the puffs back to Maidenhead and instead have been working on a few new additions! that’s the beauty of fish keeping you never know whats going to happen! even if your 100% sure read loads of books and asked loads of people, things still go wrong. However the picture below shows the absolute gems we picked up as a result,

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(displaying male rainbow)

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they where happy to take the puffers back as they were bought at a young age so no way of really knowing, and traded us the beautiful orange and electric blue rainbow fish smaller cousin to the larger rainbow fish and the rice fish which is blue bodied with red fins, they are fantastic little characters reaching approx 5 to 7 cm in length perfect for nano aquariums or aquascapes, they don’t eat plant matter either so perfect for a fully planted tank!_DSC0549

The Goby was pretty relieved to have the puffs gone and now spends a lot more time out the front of the tank sitting on rocks in the current as she matures her top fin with turn yellow (you can see it turning slightly in the image) as she matures but will stay the size of a Lego figure! The other Goby turned out to be male and is now in my tank happy and safe as they weren’t quite a match just like the puff but i couldn’t bare to let such a gem of a fish return to the shop he now chills with my red whiptail catfish. _DSC0568

My boyfriend also bought some cherry shrimp! for the even smaller tank we have, these guys are like tiny chilies! if you love staring at things, then these are the dudes to get you in the zone plus they keep your plants so clean, i can understand why they are quickly becoming a huge part of fish keeping (just make sure you get the water quality out they are not as hardy as armano shrimp the common clear coloured ones you may have seen at the store)

i will upload more of what the tank looks like currently, we are however having a dispute as bout possibly going marine, saltwater, we love a challenge and growing corals really excites us, plus my boyfriend is obsessed with gobies, crustaceans and finding the smallest fish he can own.

Stay tuned to see what happens i will keep you informed and upload a present image of the tank, ideas would be welcome, we are still feeling the burn from not being able to keep the puffs 😦

long awaited YEY!

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Been truly a busy bee as summer starts and i officially have my email of conformation on my progression into my third and final year of my photography degree! (scary stuff) HALLELUJAH! plus side is i do not have to re-sit or retake any of my units, passed them all three B’s two C’s.

Screen Shot 2014-06-13 at 19.22.48I am highly competitive and always like to do better, but since this degree is so damn hard and way more analytical than i have ever experienced in my 16 years of non stop full time education here on this tiny multicultural island, i am settling to just god damn passing this thing; passing and getting on with earning some money and my self pride back (society really doesn’t like students who are trying to better themselves rather than checkout girl isle three for the rest of my life) and getting myself out of my parents abode sharpish before i literally see them mentally age and breakdown, to the point my mother is asking me the same thing 20 times in the space of 10 minutes (i think this is a part of growing old? or do they want me to mentally breakdown with them?)

Anywho yeeyyyyyyyyyyy! I passsssedddddddd i have also quite a lot to load up in terms of images and what i have been doing and also more furry friends i have been spending time with and meeting along the way, keep tuned on both my pages as i update this, this eve, editing images as i type!