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Death of the dinosaur

Another image from my visit to the Galapagos Islands.    The archipelago is famous for its fascinating and varied wildlife and I had the opportunity to photograph plenty of it from birds,  flying,  swimming,  and scavenging, to iguanas and giant tortoises.  On this occasion, I found an iguana,  dead and desiccated among the rocks,  not the most obvious subject for a photograph!

I decided to go with a monochrome presentation and as for the title.   Well, it seemed appropriate,  the reptiles of the Galapagos seem truly prehistoric,  a throwback to the dinosaurs.   Ironically,  despite the “prehistoric” appearance of the iguanas,  the modern-day marine and land iguanas of the Galapagos are in fact a fairly recent evolution.   It’s believed they evolved from a common ancestor about 8 million years ago,  a mere moment in evolutionary terms.

“Death of the dinosaur” iguana remains, Galapagos Islands

Original photograph on 35mm colour negative film,  scanned and then processed in Adobe Lightroom.   ~KD.

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