Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #51 – Unique

Unique – ask a dictionary, and it says being the only existing one of its type or, more generally, unusual, or special in some way. The most unique place I have visited is the Galapagos Islands.

This Ecuadorian archipelago with 19 islands are all unique in their own way – both flora and fauna. They all have endemic species, and the animals let you come close without being startled or afraid. They do not consider humans their enemies. Unique.

Thank you, Charles Darwin!

Charles Darwins resa med HMS Beagle 1831-36, Galápagosdelen

Some of the strange and fascinating landscapes on the islands –

If you look closely, you might see the flamingo…-

We had a very unique opportunity to see the land iguanas eating from the giant cactii.

Not many visitors are that lucky – at least our guide told us so.

Unfortunately we came too late to meet Lonesome George. Every effort to help this last of his species failed, and he died 2012. But we met several other giant tortoises on the island Santa Cruz.

In the header, two marine iguanas – unique to these islands, but unfortunately on the road to getting even more unique. As the waters are warming due to climate change, their sea food is dying and their numbers are already decreasing.

Let us hope these islands will stay unique – in a positive way. Nature is good at mending – if we will just let it.

A special thanks to Amy for this week’s photo inspiration. Stop by her The World is A Book blog to see her challenge post.  Next week, it’s Tina’s turn to host the challenge, so be sure to visit Travels and Trifles .

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As always, Amy, Tina, Patti and I are delighted to see you here!  Wishing you an inspiring week!

47 comments on “Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #51 – Unique

  1. I love your take on the prompt. It would be rare for me to see land iguanas eating from the giant cacti in Wisconsin unless they were in a cage at a pet store. Seeing them in real life (via your photos) is a treat!

  2. amazing and highly informative and entertaining Thanks for sharing the wonders of creation I woud never have seen

  3. Thanks for reminding me of my trip to Galápagos Islands several years ago. At the time I didn’t have a great camera so I don’t have many photos from there to share with others.

  4. A truly unique place A-C. I’m envious of your visit. Long time on my bucket list but still haven’t made it. Wonderful images of some truly unique creatures!

  5. 19 islands, how very unique! Thank you for introducing these unique creatures to us. Beautifully captured. Enjoy your summer vacation, Ann-Christine! 🙂

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