Of all the pics I took in the Galapagos when I was there in late June, early July, this might seem an odd choice for the first to post to my blog. Amid the close-ups of marine and land iguanas, turtles, blue-footed boobies, albatross and more, here is a pic with no wildlife present. Nor are there seemingly just-stopped lava flows or water-filled craters or cactus blooming out of a pavement of lava.
What grabbed my attention in this pic is the background where the leafless palo-santo trees co-mingle with actual greenery: plants that have the chutzpah to show green leaves in the midst of the dry season.
I also like how the telephoto setting on the lens brings all the elements closer together. The foreground where I'm standing, the water, the cliffs and the trees in the back all feel intimate, emphasizing the truth of the interconnectedness of things.
I think I might be trying to protect the wildlife by not exposing it, at least for the moment. For me to look at this dry landscape and know that the water and its edges support such a diverse and rich wildlife population is more evocative than "catching" a bird in my lens, who posed as if she were sitting at Sears.
There's a more extensive selection of pics by myself and other family members including lots of wildlife and videos at: galapagos.braunfam.com