Hey again! Hope you’re all having a fantastic weekend! Just found out that one of my photos (of a Murray River/Bellinger River turtle hybrid) has made the shortlist in this year’s Ecological Society of Australia’s Photography competition. This was the 1st photo comp that I ever entered and I love both the competition itself and the work that the Ecological Society do. I’ve included a link to their website with all the shortlisted photos in my bio. It’s well worth a look as there are some spectacular shots in there - I feel incredibly fortunate to have been included. In any case I hope that you’re all doing well and I hope to chat soon! Take care. Cheers, Rich
Well, it’s been a very long time between posts! I am so sorry - as always it seems - that it’s taken me such a long time to post anything but its been a very long and frustrating recovery from the surgery in September. I have had a few complications along the way but I am actually still alive and thought I would say hello - finally! Had a lovely surprise too in finding out that one of my photos was posted on the @natgeoyourshot feed and thought that I repost here as well. In any case I really hope that you’ve all been healthy and happy and I am looking forward to catching up on all your news! Take care and all the best! Cheers, Rich @natgeoyourshot . . Repost from @natgeoyourshot - Space in Water | Photograph by Richard Wylie (@richardwylie1017) . “I can’t really remember a time when I didn’t want to be a marine biologist. Some of my earliest dreams were about breathing underwater,” writes #YourShotPhotographer Richard Wylie. “I have now been a marine biologist for around 25 years and with over 4,000 dives, I have probably spent between 6-8 months underwater all up. If there is any place on this world (other than with my wife and daughter) that I feel truly welcome at any time of day or night, it is in the water. It is my second home! And underwater photography is my form of zen meditation.” — “I love it Richard, this is fantastic. It feels like a daydream, I love how my imagination has fun with your photo. And I really love your comment to #YourShotPhotographer David Hessell: ‘Thanks very much David, and yes, that is a classic Bourne image! I hadn’t even thought of it but thank you for reminding me — both the image itself at the beginning of the movie and to re-watch the series, they’re one of my all-time favourite movies. Thanks again!’” — @natgeoyourshot Producer David Y. Lee (@davidylee) . . . #natgeoyourshot#freediving#nature#naturephotography#underwater#underwaterphotography#marinebiology#richardwylie#ocean#freshwater#naturelovers#lovenature#nationalgeographic#water#science#uwphotography#australia#southaustralia#conservation#oceanlover#discoverocean#wild
So, looks like I survived the operation but I feel like this manatee must have felt after it was struck by a boat propeller. While swimming with these gorgeous creatures I noticed that at least 70% of the adults had some sign of boat strike - propeller injuries - and while I didn’t see any signs in the youngsters I know that it happens and it tends to kill them. It’s a huge problem in those parts of Florida where manatees come to get away from cold waters in winter - like Crystal River springs and power generation water outlets etc - as people can’t see them and accidents occur. It’s estimated that 90% of manatees bear scars from boat strike and 25% of all manatee deaths can be attributed to boats. It’s heartbreaking to see so many injured animals and knowing firsthand how painful their wounds must be. However, there are some excellent education programs in the area and new rules for boat users that will hopefully reduce the incident of these human caused injuries. It’s one of the reasons that I believe that swimming with manatee tours do more good than harm as I think it gives locals a reason to view these amazing animals as a benefit to the local community instead of an annoyance or restriction on their boating experience. Anyway, I hope that you’re all doing well and I hope to chat to you soon. Take care. Cheers, Rich @natgeoyourshot@canon_photos . . . . . . #nature#ocean#precarious#boats#florida#underwater#underwaterphotography#manatees#richardwylie#naturephotography#naturelovers#wildlifephotography#marinemammals#marinebiology#oceanlife#natgeoyourshot#natgeo#natgeowild#canonphotography#canon#crystalriver#museum#threatenedspecies#naturelovers#endangeredspecies
Really wanted to say a huge thank you to everyone who makes posting on Instagram such an absolute pleasure! I also wanted to celebrate the many friendships I’ve formed here and to let everyone who takes the time to like a photo or make a comment know that I value so very much the kindness and generosity you show in doing so! Thank you so much to everyone who has followed me and apologies if I haven’t followed back or replied to your comments yet. I genuinely try to get to everyone but with all the hospital visits lately I’m pretty behind in almost every way that counts - and even when I’m home I have to take so many different medications that being sufficiently coherent enough to reply is often very difficult. In any case, even if I don’t ever reply please know that it means so much to me that you have reached out in the first place and that I am so impressed with the courage and enthusiasm that everyone has shown - and I hope to match it if I can. You’re an impressive bunch and I’m grateful to be so welcomed! Thank you again and I hope you’ve all had - or are currently still having - a wonderful weekend and I’m looking forward to catching up on all your posts soon! Take care and all the best. Cheers, Rich
And just to bring back a bit of colour I wanted to post one of my favorite creatures to swim with - manatees are now right up there with seals for me (which is saying a lot as I just love seals so much)!! These cuties are like swimming with giant Labradors - will kill you with kindness! Hope you’re all having a wonderful weekend! Take care. Cheers,Rich @canon_photos . . . . . .
I was going through some old files from a @natgeotravel expedition through Alaska’s Inside Passage a few years back now and found a couple of shots that I hadn’t liked at the time but now with a bit time and distance I appreciate much more. This solitary orca was far enough away that it was possible to both capture the incredible landscape in the background along with the amazing colour of the sunset as well. I loved how that imposing dorsal fin could still look impressive even against those fantastic mountains in the background (at least in my opinion of course)! Really hope you’ve all managed to get through the week in one piece and I hope you have a wonderful weekend!! Take care. Cheers, Rich
Hey there. I just got out of hospital and had some extremely well timed and very welcome news that this photo was chosen by the @natgeoyourshot producer (David Y. Lee) for their most recent story titled; “We Love Animals”. I’ve provided a link to the story in my bio if anyone is interested - and it’s a wonderfully curated piece and well worth browsing. My photo is literally the last one in the online publication but given that over 12,000 Photos were submitted I am definitely not complaining!! I am in awe of all the incredible photos that were selected and honored to have been included. All a very nice surprise after yet another very ordinary hospital stay. Really hope you’re all doing well!! Take care and all the best! Cheers, Rich
Wishing I was back in the water with these beautiful creatures and hanging out with the incredibly talented, dedicated and generous Tony and Phyll Bartram from @kivhdolphinwatch on Kangaroo Island! Really hope you’re all having a lovely weekend and hope it’s as free from stress as this little guy!! Take care and all the best! Cheers, Rich.