Galapagos Islands, Jan. 29 - Feb. 4, 2011, Part III

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This will be my final travelogue from Galapagos.

#1 Fanning out across a field in the Santa Cruz Highlands, in the rain, in search of giant tortoises:

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#2 We found one (actually, many):

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#3 Trying to envision life as a tortoise:

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#4 Later in the day we visited the Darwin Research Station on Santa Cruz Island. One of their major projects is the restoration of the giant tortoise population on those islands where they were rendered extinct by hunting.

This is famous "Lonesome George", the last survivor of the island of La Pinta. he is estimated to be about 110 years old. He actually gets around pretty well but so far he has not successfully reproduced despite plentiful opportunities!

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These two young giant tortoise males squared off in an altercation over position on the feeding platform...

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No, that's not mating behavior - just two rambunctious "boys" (50+ years old?) tussling.


Later, we ventured into the town of Puerto Ayora. Here a fishmonger mugs for the camera:

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This little girl was very curious about the proceedings:

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#11 Early next morning on San Cristobal, this sea lion posed oblingingly for the cameras

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#12 We hiked up a very dry canyon of volcanic tuff:

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Leading to dramatic views...

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#15 we also got a distant glimpse of a red-footed Booby and chick:

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#16 Finally, at sunset, yours truly and better half posing with Kicker Rock, an old volcanic cone, in the background:

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That ended our wonderful week in the Galapagos Islands.

On to Peru and Machu Picchu!
 

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Jim, these were outstanding and what an adventure!! Thanks for sharing these with us and I'm looking forward to Peru and Machu Picchu!!
 
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I had no idea a tortoise could get up on its feet. Even lifting their heads seems surprising after looking at the drooping necks in the other pictures. Great shot.

I see you didn't need too great a shutter speed to catch the action though!
 
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beautiful place and photos thanks for sharing

Thanks and my pleasure.

Jim, these were outstanding and what an adventure!! Thanks for sharing these with us and I'm looking forward to Peru and Machu Picchu!!

Thanks, Lyndee. I plan to start working on the Peru photos tonight.

I had no idea a tortoise could get up on its feet. Even lifting their heads seems surprising after looking at the drooping necks in the other pictures. Great shot.

I see you didn't need too great a shutter speed to catch the action though!

They are lumbering giants! Everything appears to happen in slow motion. After the initial face-off, one of them put his shoulder (?) into the other and tried to shove him off the platform.

They were actually making growling sounds during that face-off.
 

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Very nice travelogue! The Galapagos are very special - and easy to couple a trip there with a visit to Machu Piccu! Looking forward to more....!
 
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Jim, thanks again for sharing these!

My pleasure, Rob.

Jim,

These are absolutely lovely!

Many thanks, Kris.

Fantastic set many thanks for sharing these

Thanks, Daren. I enjoy posting them.

Thanks for the trip Jim ...
your shots were beautiful and the notes very interesting ....

ron

Thanks again, Ron.

Lovwe the tortoises! Great shots!

Many thanks, Dossy.

Thanks for sharing your trip. Loved all the photos.

Someday...

Thanks, Dean. Make it soon!

Very nice travelogue! The Galapagos are very special - and easy to couple a trip there with a visit to Machu Piccu! Looking forward to more....!

Thanks, Karen. Did you do this trip also?
 
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just looked through all your Galapagos threads - some wonderful images - it is somewhere i would love to visit in the future!
 
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just looked through all your Galapagos threads - some wonderful images - it is somewhere i would love to visit in the future!

Wow! What an absolute delight.

Stunning

Many thanks

Thanks for the kind remarks. It really is a "must see" area.

What great pictures. Well except for the one with the Auburn shirt. Are you in Alabama?

Thanks a lot. I live near Blacksburg, Virginia (Virginia Tech country) but my wife and I are both Auburn grads.:smile:
 

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