Weekly Photo Challenge: All-Time Favorites

From Dingle Peninsula.

I’m so sad to say goodbye to the Weekly Photo Challenges.  I’ve been doing them since March 2014, and it’s been such a wonderful way to share my trips to the Galápagos Islands and Ireland.  I had never thought about sharing my photography, or even really calling it “photography” as opposed to just some photos I took on vacation.

Until I saw some of the bloggers I follow posting weekly photos based on a theme, and I realized that I could do that, too.  And do it in a nerdy way.

The Weekly Photo Challenge has helped me learn a lot about photography, and I’ve enjoyed doing research so I could explain a little about the photos.  It also has given me an easy, regular source of popular blog posts. I always get a huge bump in views on days I post those photos.  So, it’s been good for my blog, and it’s been good for me, too.

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From Santa Cruz.

I’m sure I’ll still post some photos, maybe even weekly, but it won’t quite be the same.  I’ve found so many cool blogs through the challenges, and I love seeing all the different takes on the theme.

For our final outing, I’m saying goodbye with two of my favorite photos I’ve posted over the years, one from the Galápagos and one from Ireland.  The first photo was from the April 2016 challenge Landscape.  The second is from the December 2014 challenge Gone, But Not Forgotten.

Weekly Photo Challenge: All-Time Favorites

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Transition

From Isabela.

Like other birds, penguins undergo “molting,” where they shed their feathers, though penguins tend to lose them all at once, or in large patches, resulting in a rather scruffy appearance like this guy.

Galápagos penguins molt once or twice a year, and it takes a couple of weeks on average each time.  During the molt they avoid going in the water since they don’t have their nice waterproof feathers for warmth and protection.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Transition

 

Weekly Photo Challenge: Trio

From Baltra.

We had just boarded the Coral I to begin our tour of the Galápagos and I was interested in getting a shot of the view from the ship’s windows as we pulled away from Baltra.  Traveling around by boat was actually pretty fun!

Weekly Photo Challenge: Trio

 

Weekly Photo Challenge: Victory

From Isabela.

This is a picture you have to look closely at.  It is the only photo I got with this famous Galápagos trifecta: blue-footed boobies, marine iguanas, and a Galápagos penguin all in the same shot.  Our guides were very excited to point this out to us; it’s definitely a win for a phototourist in the Galápagos.

The booby is in the top center, iguanas in the mid center, and penguin in the bottom right.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Victory

Weekly Photo Challenge: Treat

From Fernandina.

This flightless cormorant is bringing home a treat for his mate; the seaweed is not food, but material for the nest she’s making.  As their name implies, these cormorants can’t fly and have rather stumpy little vestigial wings.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Treat