Penguins, Galapagos

To conclude this week’s unofficial theme of animals that live on land and in the water . . . the penguin.

On land . . .

Penguin and blue-footed booby standing on a ledge.

. . . and in the water.

Penguin swimming on surface of water.

I have no idea why the water looks like that. but I’m glad it does.



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6 Responses to Penguins, Galapagos

  1. Tom Watson says:

    Lovely pictures, Isabel. There are a number of cute commercials that include penguins. I particularly like the one in which the penguin is in the doctor’s office for a medical exam. I chuckle every time I see it.

    • Isabel Gibson says:

      Tom – Thanks! Penguins are great birds, although I’m not sure I want to see them close up in the wild – a little too smelly.

  2. The expression on the booby and its contrast with the penguin’s sensible outlook is too wonderful. Impossible not to anthropomorphize these two.

    I wish you could “bottle” the water effects — put that surface in a “”desk toy” paperweight where the patterns change slooooowly to delight and mesmerize.

    • Isabel Gibson says:

      Laurna – It’s sure easy to see why they were called boobies! Straight on they look even sillier. As for the water effect – the funny thing is that I don’t recall noticing it at the time, so it’s likely a camera optics effect. Of course, I was a bit distracted by the PENGUIN!!! right there in the water . . .

  3. I compared the water effects in your turtle photo with the penguin shot. The same design is evident, although less colourfully, that only the camera can capture because the memory from the eye’s perceptions cannot form fast enough to become embedded long-term.

    I did not expect a water-borne penguin to look so much like a duck. I know I have offended all species large and small by saying so, but I think it must be an odd spectacle to watch that water bird make shore and rise erect.

    • Isabel Gibson says:

      Laurna – Well, aren’t you smart! I might have done that myself, if’n I’d thought of it. You’re right, there is a similar effect. You think it’s there, but we just don’t see it (come and gone too quickly?). That’s kind of a lovely thought, isn’t it? Makes you wonder what else is lovely that just slides by.

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