Natural history is, and will always be, close to my heart. In the UK I was involved in natural history in all it’s branches, but I was also drawn to the microhabitat; turning over stones, rocks and other debris in hope of finding something spectacular.
I am developing my natural history photography when possibilities arise; as a biologist I try and combine my skills. I took a basic photography course at the Gibraltar Photographic Society, and I’m always looking to advance my photgraphic knowledge. I have recently invested in a Nikon D800 and some lenses and will continue to save up for those much needed telephotos! The shots above were taken with this Nikon coolpix, but I am starting to shoot.
Photographing the wilderness aids learning, and helps by capturing precious moments which are otherwise forgotten. It is an art… just like nature writing.
I’m a naturalist at heart (yes, and an author/fantasist), but I would stress that my interests in nature are wide and diverse as nature itself. But I am also a specialist, as I have researched in the area of carcinology, terrestrial isopods (woodlice). Sadly, a lot of my time is used for my fiction projects (and now photography!), and I do try and get out into the field as much as possible.
I have been a Fellow of the Royal Entomological Society (FRES), and an overseas representative (2011-2012) of The Society for the History of Natural History. I am currently a Fellow of the Linnean Society of London (FLS, 1999 – present). I am also a member of the Society of Biology (MSB) and currently on their CPD programme towards Chartered Biologist (CBiol) status. I would like to work towards the Royal Photographic Licenciate, but most importantly is to take great photos and capture nature.
I have also had the pleasure of a brief meeting with the humble, inspirational and great naturalist Sir David Attenborough at his Wallace lecture. I’ll never forget that!
Easter, J. K. (2005) The woodlice of Gibraltar: checklist, distribution and brief descriptions of the terrestrial isopod species of Gibraltar. Iberis No 1: 21-34
Easter, J. K. (2005) Notes on the genus Argiope Audouin, 1826 (Aranei: Araneidae) in Gibraltar. (Unpublished)
Easter, J. K. (2008) Additions to the checklist of terrestrial isopods (woodlice) of Gibraltar: First record of Philoscia affinis affinis (Verhoeff, 1908) of the Philosciidae in Gibraltar. (Unpublished)
Slideshow above: Lygaeidae, Gibraltar; Heliotaurus ruficolli, Gibraltar; Apis Mellifera, Poland; Grasses, Gibraltar Botanical Gardens; Armadillo officinalis, Gibraltar.