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Watcher Feature (Just comment!) + Snail News

Journal Entry: Thu Nov 1, 2012, 6:02 PM

I hope you all had a happy Halloween!

:sun: Snail News :sun:

(If you're confused, you may want to read the article I wrote long ago explaining some of the background behind my snaily obsession. I'll probably write a new, better version soon though!)

First, the bad news:
Unfortunately, the last of my snails that I rescued from my high school's lab in August 2009 passed away over this last summer. If only the little guys knew how famous they've managed to get thanks to you all!
I updated the calendar they star in for 2013 due to requests, in case you're interested:

Snails Calendar 2014 by MichelleRamey

And, the better news:
With rainy season creeping up on us here in Berkeley, I keep seeing snails on the path to my morning classes; I try to move as many as I can into the plants on either side of the sidewalk, but I inevitably keep encountering ones that have been crushed underfoot by other students rushing to class. I don't want to be too explicit, but I can tell that some of them are still alive despite having crushed shells, and it's heartbreaking. I simply can't stand by and see anyone--snail or human--suffer like that, so I decided I have to do something about it!

If I can convince my roommate to let me, I'm going to order myself an aquarium and set up a little snail recovery center in my dorm room. I'll probably have to sneak lettuce and other snail treats out of the dining commons, but I'm sure I won't get in too much trouble. :giggle:

So, if all goes well, you can expect some photos of my patients in the not-too-distant future. :aww:

:spotlight-left: Watcher Feature! :spotlight-right:

As some of you may remember, I've gotten into the habit of doing watcher features here and there, so I thought I'd do another one to show appreciation for all you guys' support! :heart:

How it works: you comment on this journal with whatever you want (it does not have to say "I want a feature!"), I assign you a number based on what number commenter you are, and then after a few days to a week (depending on how quickly I receive responses), I use a random number generator and feature a few of my favorite pieces by the people whose numbers win. Sounds confusing, but just think of it as a lottery where you don't have to keep track of your number :XD: That means, it isn't first come first serve; everyone has an equal chance!
So, comment away :aww:

Edit: Please do not post me links to your pictures in comments here! If your number wins, I'll be choosing my favorite photos from your gallery--so no need to self promote here ;)

Thanks for reading!
:heart: Michelle


MichelleRamey has started a donation pool!
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As many of you know, I host big photography contests quite frequently (I am currently hosting a Genesis photography contest), and always pay for subscriptions for the winners :)

I thought I'd start a donation pool just in case anyone would like to help out with the prizes! :aww:

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Michelle Ramey
Artist | Professional | Photography
United States
:bulletblack: I am a sophomore at UC Berkeley, planning on double majoring in Economics and Neurobiology.

:bulletblack: Puedo hablar español, pero prefiero inglés si se puede hablar, obviamente :giggle:

:bulletblack: I do photography professionally, with paid shoots for clients and my work on bookcovers, political campaign mailers, postcards, etc.

:bulletblack: I am completely self taught; trial and error is my friend!

:bulletblack: I've only got a *very small* bathroom counter as a macro "studio" and use my garage as a portrait/fashion studio, but I do what I can. Everything in my gallery is/was done 100% solo unless otherwise stated in artist comment.

:bulletblack: I've been a vegetarian for 7 years, am approximately 90% vegan, and absolutely love every living thing (even the poor plants I have to eat). If you don't believe me, take a look at my (unhealthy amount of) snail photography!

:bulletblack: Besides photography and animals, I love caffeine, baking, metal/grunge/EDM, psychology, my G6, videogames, yoga, writing, philosophy, coding HTML/CSS, sewing, origami, the Irish drum, and more things I can't think of at the moment... roughly in that order.

:bulletblack: The groups I founded:

:iconyourphotomuse::iconmacro-photographers: :iconanimal-love-club:

:bulletblack: The main groups that I'm an admin/co-founder of:


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Your journal skins are lovely! I'll go through your gallery when I get a chance.
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Happy 'Belated' !
guruakki Feb 8, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
happpppy birthday .....
Happy Birthday! :stereo: 
griffsnuff Feb 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
HAppy birthday ^^
MutantLilies Feb 8, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Happy Birthday!
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914four Feb 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
:cake: Happy Birthday Michelle! :party:
You have made me fall in love with snails. They're so darn adorable and their personalities are amazing. I might have to go find myself a snail to love.
Kudos to you and your astounding lovable snails.
I love your work and think you have a very bright future.  Inspiring...
LicianDragon Dec 10, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you so much for the favorites!:hug:
your group animal love club or w.e... is it staying as a dead group...
xdeathbybananax Sep 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
So I think I've installed about 4 or 5 of your installable journals. Thank you so much for making such beauties!
You're as lovely , as your art is stunning .:iconpinksparklyheartplz:
ninjacatrocks Jul 10, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
P.P.P.S Lol!
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ninjacatrocks Jul 10, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
P.P.S. Hope you find more snail friends!
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ninjacatrocks Jul 10, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
P.S. I have never wanted to be in a white room, with tons of lettuce, a spray bottle, a cage of [properly being taken care of] snails, and a camera, more!
ninjacatrocks Jul 10, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You are amazing! I rarely take i second glance at photography, but stuff is amazing!
:iconpoppy3plz: Many thanks for faving! :iconpoppyplz:
JoeSlucher Jun 5, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks for the fave!
chrisravensar Jun 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
thanks for the fav
FTG386 Jun 3, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for the favs!
And these photographs are Gorgeous! Nice work!
Darkest-B4-Dawn Jun 3, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you so much for the :+fav: on my vampire picture! Let me know if I can make some for you too! :huggle:
MatesLaurentiu Jun 2, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you kindly for all the faves. :)
I love your work. Any chance I can use some photos of yours for references for an oil painting or two? Please visit my gallery to show you I'm serious:).
Gensylph May 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You have absolutely made my year with your snails and your affection towards them; even though they have passed away, you really captured their personalities and immortalized them. I absolutely love snails, so it was such a delight to stumble upon your gallery. Have a good day, and good luck with your 'patients'.:)
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