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Lava Gull, Galapagos Islands.

The Lava Gull, or Larus fuliginosus, is found only in the Galapagos.  It’s believed that there are only about 400 pairs left in the wild.

Galapagos giant tortoise

The Galapagos giant tortoise, is the world’s largest living tortoise and has 10 sub species surviving in the wild distributed on 7 of the Galapagos …

Hanging out at the beach.

These fellows really do look like something out of a B grade movie….SONS OF GODZILLA!!

Land Iguana, Galapagos Islands.

Think I’m ugly, have you looked in a mirror lately? The land iguana of the Galapagos Islands can often be seen basking on rocks or sheltering under cactus

The boy with the coal cart

An exercise in digital processing.   Colour negative film to toned monochrome using Silver Efex Pro.

Seabird silhouettes, Galapagos Islands.

a true silhouette, with strong back-lighting, the dynamic range of the image is too great to get both pleasing highlights and shadow detail.

Beauty wears scales

we often think of the colourful feathers of birds or the fur of mammals but occasionally beauty wears scales!

A place to perch, pelican, Galapagos Islands

is unusual among pelican species in that it will hunt by diving,  kingfisher like,  for food.

Great-tailed Grackle

I decided to accept the massive contrast involved and push the image towards a more graphic,  illustrative effect.

Islamic China

Islamic China

China is not as racially and culturally homogenous as some think. Officially there are 56 national minorities in China with about 13 in Xinjiang …

The bell tower, Xian

The city of Xian in China is best known for its amazing terracotta warriors,  however there are other interesting things to see there including the bell tower

Doorway and birdcages, Kaifeng, China

it was common for people to leave their doors open so the they could see onto the street,  it was also obvious that the keeping of caged birds was popular.