West Seattle naturalist/photographer suddenly cameraless

(Photos by Kersti Muul)

We describe WSB as a “community-collaborative news source” because of the thousands of ways community members have contributed over our 15 years – from someone who texted us once about a traffic jam, to those who send calendar listings, to those who attend/support those events, to people who share photos of our area’s natural beauty – from neighborhood flowers to breathtaking wildlife. Among those contributing in that last category, and then some, is Kersti Muul, whose name you see here most often when whales are in the area. Kersti’s dealing with a tough break right now – literally – and could use some support. She explains:

I have been having bad vertigo and vision issues off and on for the last three months. While coming out of an episode; still slightly unbalanced, I took a hard fall at Alki on the concrete, while watching “T-63 Chainsaw” the famous orca, pass by in Elliott Bay. My camera unfortunately was broken in the fall. Nikon has just deemed the camera damage ‘beyond repair’.

For those not familiar with me, I am a scientific educator, urban conservation specialist, community naturalist, award-winning photographer, and wildlife rescuer.

I am extremely active in the West Seattle community, donating my time, expertise, and photography at no cost. The loss of my camera is devastating to me as it is my vehicle for community education, research, outreach, and it’s how I decompress from the extremely stressful work that I do.

I’m reaching out to the community to help me, so I can continue to help you!

On her crowdfunding page, Kersti elaborates: “Helping others see the world through my lens and spurring them into action has been the biggest loss so far.”

19 Replies to "West Seattle naturalist/photographer suddenly cameraless"

  • Lynn Y May 25, 2022 (8:57 pm)

    Yay so glad you shared the GoFundMe here. I love your work Kersti! Glad to donate and help you get a new camera ❤️

  • Kersti Elisabeth Muul May 25, 2022 (9:01 pm)

    Thank you Tracy❤️

    • Iluminada Chinneth May 26, 2022 (11:10 am)

      Kersti,please have your doctor check you for Lyme Disease and include Western Blot. If you have not had a brain MRI please make sure they do one.lyme disease is very difficult to diagnose, many doctors don’t go beyond the Lyme Titer test which is only about 40 percent accurate.so many payients suffer for a very long timed get diagnosed with a lot of different things including psychological and malingering diagnosis, before they get diagnosed with Lyme Disease.  Most doctors won’t test people for Lyme unless one has had a Target or Bulls eye rash, or if they know they had been bit by a tick. Ticks are everywhere, they are very tiny and most Lyme  sufferers don’t recall being bit by a tick or never had the rash.i personally know people who have had Lyme who were misdiagnosed and suffered for a very long time before they found a doctor who went beyond the Lyme titer test  to diagnose them.L

      • Kersti Elisabeth Muul May 26, 2022 (12:00 pm)

        Thank you for your concern.I have had brain MRIs in 2020 and previously and I actually just had one on Tuesday of my brain and eyes 🤞 hoping for no change. I do have some white matter disease as a result of having constant migraines.My vertigo is completely positional and the Epley maneuver helps quite a bit. For some reason the crystals just weren’t staying put!I will be having spine surgery later this year on my neck, and hoping that it provides some relief for my migraines even though that’s not the main purpose of the surgery.

        • Crazy May 28, 2022 (10:29 am)

          Hi K, I went to uw headache clinic and they put me on a 5 year course of gabapenton which slowly but surely cleared up my chronic migranes, which were ruining my life. It was described as  repairing the brains gaba receptors. Keep up your nature advocacies, your old pal crazy from the cats eye

  • Big Jer May 25, 2022 (10:17 pm)

    So sorry about your fall Kersti, here’s hoping the vertigo abates soon.  Thank you for all that you share and being open to the community  supporting you.  Very happy to contribute!

  • star 55 May 25, 2022 (10:22 pm)

    Seeing her pictures over the last couple of years have been so inspiring. She has done so much to share her knowledge  and care for animals. Please if you can help to replace her camera and follow her on Facebook I can promise your gift  will be well spent.

    • Julia May 25, 2022 (10:52 pm)

      Kjersti, I have a Nikon D5200. Only 24MP, but it’s yours if you want it. 

      • Ginger May 26, 2022 (5:39 am)

        What a kind and thoughtful gift – that is an Amazing camera and likely fits with any additional lenses she may have. I hope she takes you up on it. Have a Great Day!

  • West seattle resident May 25, 2022 (11:34 pm)

    As someone whose passion is also photography and who has been without a camera for some time now due to unforeseen circumstances it is devastating not having a camera. It’s also unfortunate to see someone with such talent not being able to do their craft.

  • Jason May 26, 2022 (3:03 am)

    Not to be a party pooper, but what camera are you looking at to replace it for $6500???

    • Bridger May 29, 2022 (8:27 pm)

      Looks like she has a D850, which is close to the top of the line for Nikon bodies. A new D850 currently retails for about $3,000, so she presumably broke a lens, too. No idea what lens she was using, but a lens suitable for shooting whales from shore, and that is at least higher quality than consumer grade, would run anywhere from roughly $3,000 to $12,000. Someone who shoots as part of their job wouldn’t likely be using a consumer-grade lens.

  • H May 26, 2022 (6:19 am)

    Kersti – you are a treasure to our community and we’re lucky to have you. Thank you for all you do, and for giving us a chance to help. I hope the vertigo gets better soon. 

  • Janey May 26, 2022 (7:50 am)

    Donated! Thank you for your wonderful work, Kersti.

  • Chris K May 26, 2022 (8:07 am)

    Kersti, I hope that you did not sustain any serious injuries in your fall.  I always enjoy your contributions to our community.

  • JW May 26, 2022 (9:03 am)

    Thanks, Kersti, for all that you do for wildlife and for those of us who appreciate it! You make a difference, and West Seattle is so much richer for it! Very happy to contribute and best of luck getting back into the swing of things.

  • HW May 26, 2022 (9:04 am)

    Kersti is a West Seattle treasure!

  • Mike May 26, 2022 (4:02 pm)

    Kersti, so sorry to hear about your fall. My family and I have valued your updates and photos since moving to WS last year. We donated and encourage others to do so, too. Thank you and all best wishes.

  • Davyon Roberts May 26, 2022 (5:33 pm)

    I just pitched in! I’m more than happy to help out someone who also loves walking around this area with a camera, capturing the beauty & sharing it with others! 😁But, as someone who is really good at breaking expensive electronics; this time around do us all a favor & please spend the ~$25-$80 bucks a month to have your camera insured so if it happens again it’s covered! The ~$400 I’ve spent to have insurance & replace several ‘cleverly’ broken go-pros & cell phones this year would’ve easily cost me upwards of $5k if I didn’t have coverage. & As a photographer; take a look at the Sony ILCE-7RM4, it’s the best camera I’ve ever owned & use an adapter to run all my old Nikon/canon lenses, super old manual lenses off film cameras & even my telescope!👍🤷‍♂️ Hope you are back to doing what you do best very soon & I’m glad I was able to help! I’ve been enjoying your work for years for free so least I could do 🙂

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