Wherever there is three, one is always BETWEEN, which is the theme for this week’s photo challenge from WordPress. Here these three blue-footed boobies (Kongo calls this image Tres Amigos) perch on a rock in the Galapagos Islands. The two on the ends look at the one between. See more of Kongo’s Galapagos images here. Advertisements
Kongo doesn’t really consider himself a street photographer, whatever that is. But he does like to take pictures on the street. And Quito, Ecuador is a terrific place to take candid street photos. These images were taken in early May when Kongo visited Quito as part of his trip to the Galapagos Islands.
Thousands of Waved Albatrosses came ashore in the Galapagos to mate and nest just a few weeks before Kongo came to visit earlier this month. It was very fortunate timing on the monkey’s part because he got to witness the unusual and fascinating mating rituals these birds follow during breeding season.
The Swallow-tailed Gull found on the Galapagos Islands is truly an interesting bird. Aside from their red eyes and hooked beak, these birds are the only true seabird that is nocturnal. The red eye rim indicates the bird is in breeding season, which at the Galapagos Islands is pretty much year round. Another interesting thing about these gulls is that their eyes are larger than any other species of gull. This is to give them better night vision when hunting squid and small fish that come to the surface at night to feed on plankton.
This week’s travel theme from Ailsa is BLOSSOMS so I’ve included a selection of flowering blooms from Kongo’s recent trip to Peru and Ecuador. Above, a flowering tree in the Galapagos Islands.
Sure it sounds exciting. Like maybe something out of a Jules Verne book or an out take from the movie Journey II (Kongo has only watched the trailer for this production when he was trying to stay up late enough to go to sleep and get back on a correct time zone). But the reality is not filled with smoking lava trails or Hollywood dinosaurs. It’s actually a sleepy little collection of brightly colored huts selling postcards, Ecuador hats, and alpaca shawls 45-minutes from downtown Quito on a bumpy bus.
While Kongo loved all the birds he saw in the Galapagos Islands last week, his favorite is the Blue Footed Booby. The monkey has a long history with these amazing birds and if you bear with him he’ll share a booby story that goes back 25 years or so.