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A Sexy Pair Of Boobies – And Other Interesting Things From The Galapagos Islands

Posted in Uncategorized by ebenpagan on March 31, 2009

So I just returned from an amazing trip to the Galapagos Islands… and I thought you might like to see some of my favorite pictures from the trip.

And yes, it’s just like you see in documentaries: The animals are basically unafraid, and stand without flinching as you approach them.

The first picture below is a pair of “Blue-Footed Boobies” – doing a mating dance – and obviously feeling VERY sexy (what were YOU thinking when you read the title of this post, huh?).

Highlight of the trip: Seeing a Galapagos Hawk raiding the nest of a cormorant – and eating the eggs. Picture below. I stood about 5 or 6 feet from this bird as it ate these eggs, and it didn’t even care. It looked at me a few times – as you’ll see below. But other than that, it didn’t care that there were people walking right by.

Click on the thumbnails below to open the larger images.

For the geeks: I was using a Canon 5D (original, mark 1 version) and the Canon 135L lens for these pics. The 135 is great. Sharp, fast focus… and gives that beautiful 3D effect when you use it correctly (which I’ll never learn how to do, because I’m a hack photographer!).

Enjoy… and leave me a comment to let me know what you think!

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  1. Gregory said, on March 31, 2009 at 4:26 pm

    How do you comment on boobies? This post is for the birds!

    I like your style and the photos!

  2. Pablo said, on March 31, 2009 at 4:36 pm

    Hey Eben,
    great pictures, liked the second one the most (galapagos2).

    I’m an animal lover myself. Well, actually, I can even say that Steve Irwin (The Crocodile Hunter) is my true hero and role-model.

    Go figure.

    Keep it up!

    A big hug from Argentina,
    Pablo

  3. Joey said, on March 31, 2009 at 4:39 pm

    Very cool. Amazing photos, thanks for sharing!

  4. Lee said, on March 31, 2009 at 5:13 pm

    You live an amazing life Eben, and deserve that and more.

    Thank you for keeping us all updated!

  5. David Rummel said, on March 31, 2009 at 5:18 pm

    Great pictures Eben!

    And you know what? Although, from a photographers perspective, others are “more artistic”, my personal favourite is no. 6. Yes, it looks like a “normal photo”. However, I felt the instant need to go to the beach and watch the sea-eagles we have around here. They are just awesome. So I guess that’s what I’ll do now, my creativity will thank you, my productivity today… probably not in terms of following the plan exactly like it was outlines, but thanks anyway -> sometimes you just have to do what you want to do and feel is the right thing to do? ;-)

    Have an awesome day Eben – I will :-)

    David

  6. Pablo said, on March 31, 2009 at 6:52 pm

    By the way, has this trip anything to do with you possibly reading a lot of scientific and revolutionary books by Charles Darwin lately?
    If you discover some new crazy stuff like an undiscovered way of how evolution works or how species are weeded out of existence, let me know dude. When you become famous, I’ll be able to win every discussion about who’s the coolest guy in the room by saying: “Yeah, and I posted on Eben Pagan’s blog, you sucker”.

    Saludazo,
    Pablo

  7. Scott said, on March 31, 2009 at 7:07 pm

    Nice boobies! For your next trip you’ll have to photographs some great tits.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parus_major

    I’ll be on the lookout for some myself tonight. I’ll let you know if I find any.

  8. Dan Braun said, on March 31, 2009 at 8:15 pm

    Dude, nice pix! You have a backup career waiting for you as a wildlife photographer. So what was your big takeaway from the trip?

  9. Matt Di Pasquale said, on March 31, 2009 at 9:04 pm

    Sweet man. I’ve always wanted to go there since I was a kid cause I did a project on it in elementary school. What’s the best/cheapest deal?

  10. Jonni La Force said, on March 31, 2009 at 9:05 pm

    Thanks so much for sharing.

    I have been planning a sailing adventure around the Galapagos and these pictures are helping to make it more real. Also, they reminded me of what I am truly working for.

    So beautiful.

    Isn’t this just the coolest planet ever?

  11. Tony Teegarden said, on April 1, 2009 at 5:35 pm

    Fantastic Pics Eban. You never cease to amaze me with your well roundedness and knowledge.

    Thank you for sharing both your knowledge and your creativity!

  12. Bill said, on April 1, 2009 at 7:15 pm

    The “At-Leasters” of the World

    An “At-leaster” is someone who doesn’t win, but at least they don’t lose

    They kinda spend their life hanging on by their finger nails

    They grow up and marry…average woman marries average man

    They spend their lives reading their book…favorite story: The story of playing it safe

    And when they die, we put on their tombstone, “Died at 30, buried at 80”

    Basket to the casket, womb to the tomb

    They don’t make much of a mark in life, but they’re always safe

    Six months after they’re gone, somebody says “George who?”

    These are the “at-leasters” of the world

    Most of the people that you’re going to run into spend their lives sleepwalking through this life; generally doing what someone else told them they could or couldn’t do

    There isn’t a person in this room that couldn’t have anything and everything that you wanted if we could just get rid of all the programming that you have between your ears

    ~David Sandler

  13. Redmar said, on April 2, 2009 at 3:58 am

    hahah eban taking pictures on the ground,,
    girlfriend thinks what a geek and eban does some cocky comedy,,
    and attraction back:P

    nice pics btw

  14. John said, on April 2, 2009 at 10:05 pm

    Headline testing on Twitter. I understand. :-)
    Nice pictures, though.

  15. Andrea said, on April 6, 2009 at 8:01 pm

    These are amazing!

  16. April said, on April 27, 2009 at 6:22 pm

    Gorgeous pictures! How did you manage to get back on the boat and come home? I’m sure a pack of something on the island would have surely adopted you. :) Great photos and descriptions, thanks so much for the share!

  17. Donovan Glass said, on May 27, 2009 at 11:38 pm

    Eben,

    Love your photos, and glad to see you have a blog. Why not on EbenPagan.com though?

  18. stonerpreneur said, on June 3, 2009 at 11:54 am

    Great pun! Did you think of that all by yourself?

    Lol jk, but really, lovely photos!

  19. Yancy said, on June 19, 2009 at 5:14 pm

    I had only been in England for a couple of months. I had just started dating my now wife, when she invited me over to her parents for lunch. Her parents had also invited my wifes great Aunt Nell and Uncle Author (names said in the most English of tones). As my now wife, Aunt Nell, Uncle Author, and I sat at the table waiting for the food to come out, Aunt Nell looked down at her place matt and said to Uncle Author in the Queens English “Author, is this a pair of tits?” I said to myself “Damn, England really is open minded place.” and quickly looked down at my place matts for a pair lovely tits only to find a picture of bird. I leaned over to my wife and quietly asked her “what tits are Aunt Nell talking about, I only see pictures of birds.” Once she stopped laughing, she explained to me that their is a bird in England called a tit. That’s just wrong to do to a fellow on his first showing to the parents!!!

  20. Mena said, on July 18, 2009 at 12:14 am

    Hi Eben

    Love the photos. Can’t wait to show my husband (loves photography and travel too). Looking forward to checking in with your blogs/tweets.
    :) Mena


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