In this post, we wanted to give a shoutout to staff photographer, Shey Wicklund. She’s one of the sweetest human beings you will ever meet, and we think she’s one of the great photographers out there. She’s super-humanly dedicated to her work. Sometimes we think she may not know how much she’s loved by the whole crew here. Sometimes she brings in dried fish and heats it up in the microwave. The smell isn’t something Westerners are used to, so this typically clears the entire room. That’s Shey, always bringing something new to our lives.
One time, Editor Dave Evans decided to help himself to one of her “hard boiled eggs.” What he actually got was Balut (preserved duck egg), where much of the duck embryo is fully formed. It’s common and popular in the Philippines, but not with most Westerners, and definitely not with Dave. We all remember the incredible sound of Dave’s horror that day. Steven Spielberg wants to use a recording of that sound in Jurassic Park 4. Dave’s been afraid of Shey ever since. He isn’t swiping food anymore either. We think he’s found religion.
Shey is fascinated with nature. She can take pics all day and then turn around and wonder why the rest of the crew is exhausted. No one else easily sees what her discerning eye finds in an instant. When the full-size pic emerges, it’s obvious to anyone the beauty she saw all along. The following two pics were taken from her back porch.
Shey loves to take pictures of ducks. Who doesn’t love ducks? They look so serene and tranquil just drifting along the way they do
But not too many people know that ducks enjoy synchronized swimming. Shey revealed the truth.