Galapagos Baby Tortoises

“Never discourage anyone,
who continually makes progress,
no matter how slow.”
Plato

 

Galapagos Baby Tortioses

In the mid-eighteenth-century sailors first set foot on the Pinzón Island triggering an environmental disaster. Unbeknownst to these sailors, they brought rats from their first ships that quickly multiplied, as rats tend to do.

One of the islands inhabitants was the Galapagos tortoises, who had few predators. Slowly, these tortoises began to disappear due to these rats feeding on the Galapagos eggs. The rat invasion was so devastating to this ancient tortoise population that for over the next century not a single tortoise egg hatched. As a result of our human activity, it placed the Galapagos on the endangered species list until now.

Beginning in the 1960s, researchers, scientists and even Governments worked to save the Galapagos tortoises by eradicating the islands rat population as well as increasing and protecting egg hatchings. It took over 40 years of dedicated hard work, but it is paying off tenfold.

Thanks to organizations such as the Galapagos Conservancy, and human interest this gentle giant is now returning to Pinzón. James Gibbs, a Professor and Researcher who works with the Galapagos Conservancy, in Fairfax, Virginia said, “I’m surprised the turtles have given us the opportunity to make up for our mistakes after so much time.”

Dr. Gibbs recently reported that his team detected an estimated 500 turtles currently living on the island. He also reported that, thanks to years of working to save these turtles, they are seeing more and more Galapagos baby tortoises.

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Beachin’ Cobra

“I’ve always been asked,
what is my favorite car?
And I’ve always said,
the next one”
Carroll Shelby

 

Cobra at The Beach

My admiration for the automobile began at a young age. I guess it began when my younger brother started collecting those famous “Matchbox” cars. We would play with them and admire the detail and beauty of each car. My favorites Matchbox cars were the ones with hinged doors, hoods and trunks.

My first car was a $100, 1962 Ford Falcon station wagon with faux leather, mustang patterned seats. Not my dream car by any means, but, on a good day, it did get me to where I needed to be. Except for the occasional California rainy day. The brakes never worked in the rain, so I was not allowed to drive the Falcon when it rained.

Whenever I see a unique or beautiful car, I usually take a photo. Today I spotted a black beauty I’ve seen over the years on the Esplanade. I approached the owner and complimented him on his wheels. Knowing well that this car is worth in the tens of millions of dollars, I just had to ask the burning question….I asked him if it was real? His response was, “close enough”. I gave him a thumbs up and thought to myself. Original or a knock-off, that car was one beachin’ Cobra.

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Sweet Creature

“Sweet creature, sweet creature
Wherever I go, you bring me home
Sweet creature, sweet creature
When I run out of road, you bring me home”
Harry Styles

Harry Styles

I haven’t had a celebrity crush on someone in quite a while. Although, Hugh Jackman is probably my last crush. Not only because of Jackman’s looks, but he is the epitome of Hollywood talent and compassion. However, in the past year I’ve been listening to Harry Styles’ music. I must say, I’ve got my first celebrity crush of 2020.

If you’re not familiar with his music, give him a listen to. Every single one of this 25 year young mans songs, which he writes, is exquisite and sweet sounding. You can hear his Beatles, Fleetwood Mac, and Simon and Garfunkel influence in his music. From his song “Watermelon Sugar”, to “Adore You”, I can’t get enough of this talented artist.

Whether I’m home writing, relaxing, on my daily walk or driving somewhere, I’m listening on Spotify to the wonderfully gifted and charismatic Harry Styles. Who also happens to be a sweet creature.

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Here’s Harry performing Sweet Creature.

 

Hopes, Dreams & Good Wishes

“Sunrise sunset, sunrise sunset
Swiftly flow the years
One season following the other
Laden with happiness and tears…”
Sheldon Harnick

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Sunsets have always represented beauty, mystery, romantics of life as well as a completion of a journey. A journey of life itself. Whereas a sunrise marks the beginning of a brand-new day. A day which we can start something great and new.

I’ve always been a night person. Loved the energy and magic I felt at night. Often watching sunsets with the ones, I love. I especially have enjoyed photographing sunsets.

Redondo Beach has dramatic sunsets. As the sun begins to set in Redondo, it’s a magical time of day because people line up on the Esplanade to capture and experience these breathtaking beach sunsets.

For more than a decade, I’ve photographed daily sunsets each year. Every one of these sunsets are unique. When I look back at these sunset photos, some will remind me of the events that unfolded that particular day. Most are good memories. Some, not so good.

Now in the twilight of life, I’ve shifted from an evening person to a morning person and discovered the appeal of sunrises.

When I rise in the early morning hours, I’ll watch the sun slowly appear. The sky turns from a spectacular bright red to a cooler orange hue as the sun begins to peek through the California palm trees.

After watching the first 2020 sunrises this past week, I suddenly realized, I don’t have a single photo I’ve taken in my life of a sunrise. How can that be? Well, I plan to rectify that. This year I plan to add more shots of sunrises to my photo album.

I’ve concluded, I need to appreciate these sunrises. Getting older, we begin to see how precious are sunrises. Because, sunrises give us what we all could use more of in our lives these days.  Hopes, dreams and good wishes.

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A New Year

“Write it on your heart
that every day
is the best day
in the year.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson

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A new year stands before us
Like the first chapter in a book
Waiting to be told
Waiting to unfold

A new year stands before us
Like the breaking of the dawn
Waiting for the light
Waiting thereupon

A new year stands before us
What will your New Year bring
Hopefully, less sorrow and less pain
Hopefully, more joy more zest more zing

J R

 

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