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Galapagos Island Gigantic Tortoise
Posted By: tknterry, 05-23-2007, 09:22 PM

Hello, I just returned from the Amazon forest and the Galapagos Islands last week. I brought back a few photos with me too using my Pentax K10D and Tamron 28-300 lens mostly. Here is one of the multitude of images which I have much work to do with in selecting/processing, etc before I place them on my website. This is one of the remaining Gigantic Tortoises which weigh up to 500 pounds each and live up to 150 years. This one I photographed on the island of Santa Cruz at the Charles Darwin Research Center which is working to breed these tortoises to boost the population which has been drastically reduced by the most invasive and predatory species to come to the Galapagos Islands, homo sapiens. Trust me, I will have more photos in the future of this remarkable place

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Very interesting animal tknterry. I hope that you post more of him or his friends as well.
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Great capture. Did you bribe him with food to get that shot?
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Wonderful capture Terry. It is so sad that so much of the earths biodiversity is being destroyed. Looking forward to seeing more of your trip. I'm sure they'll live up to the excellent quality of your gorilla photos.

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Great shot, Terry! I'm extremely envious of your recent trips. Those are two of my "gotta get there someday" vacation plans.
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No, and I didnt ride on top of the tortoise either Im not sure why he opened his mouth, but he uttered something at the same time...perhaps he was yawning He kept it open for maybe 30 seconds. I was in front of him for several minutes.
Thanks everyone for the comments. I do plan on going back to the Galapagos...but next time with a small group that has less of a tourist focus and more on natural history and photography. The only thing is its much more expensive

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By the way, I like these Pentax forums. I posted the same photo on DPR and not one solitary feedback comment resulted. Its not surprising, given the forum structure. Its absolutely antiquated and obsolete. Maybe the merger with Amazon will result in some improvements. This forum is stellar though. Good work MO!!!

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terry,

Nice shot. I almost made a side trip there after finishing my graduate work researching monkeys in the Amazon... but I was broke and couldn't afford it. Now, I can't seem to find the time.

I am looking forward to your future posts on this archeapelago... and drooling

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QuoteOriginally posted by tknterry Quote
Hello, I just returned from the Amazon forest and the Galapagos Islands last week. I brought back a few photos with me too using my Pentax K10D and Tamron 28-300 lens mostly. Here is one of the multitude of images which I have much work to do with in selecting/processing, etc before I place them on my website. This is one of the remaining Gigantic Tortoises which weigh up to 500 pounds each and live up to 150 years. This one I photographed on the island of Santa Cruz at the Charles Darwin Research Center which is working to breed these tortoises to boost the population which has been drastically reduced by the most invasive and predatory species to come to the Galapagos Islands, homo sapiens. Trust me, I will have more photos in the future of this remarkable place
Wonderful shot of an interesting animal, looking forward to the rest your images.

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Great shot.
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