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Charlie Shugart
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All over the place were Sally Lightfoot crabs. Easy to find but impossible to catch (swift little buggers). I found out about that through my reading- not by chasing them.
1- The Italian couple splashing around in the surprisingly cold Humboldt Current (cold water- that's why the fishing is so good for the boobies and sea lions).
2- Of the three kinds of lava (pillow, pahoehoe and aa), this lava flow was slow and smooth and fairly slow-cooling, leaving a smooth and ropy surface- called pahoehoe. (BTW- the names given are because of the speed and cooling rates of the lava- not the chemical composition.)
3- About 4-6 inches across, the larger Sallys were remarkably beautiful.
4- This oyster catcher ruined my camera. Well, sorta. The wave action was routinely calm and quiet. I was pursuing this little devil and a sneaker wave burst over my head from behind- soaking me and my camera. Salt water and cameras aren't a good mix. I dried the camera and lens the best I could and it continued functioning for the rest of the trip. It died not long after returning home- as did the zoom lens. It was a Canon A Series (I had two Canon film cameras with me with zooms).
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Apr 07, 2012 at 06:49 PM
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You have had some adventures Charlie and documented them all beautifully. Nice shots.

Mike



Apr 07, 2012 at 07:47 PM
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Really fine captures here Charlie, especially like your crab shot.
Douglas



Apr 07, 2012 at 08:07 PM
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Excellent Shots Charlie. I enjoyed them all
It is sure worth the trip to the Galapagos
Saba



Apr 07, 2012 at 08:45 PM
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Beauties Charlie. I can empathize with your camera situation. I had my A1 go plop into a tide pool. I'm still married to the girl that dropped it, but the camera bit the dust in a big way.


Apr 07, 2012 at 10:19 PM
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Another great series of looks Charlie. Love the lava texture and that crabby guy is pretty cool.
Eric



Apr 07, 2012 at 10:31 PM
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More great stuff from your journies Charlie, I like that OC strolling on the rocks

Tom



Apr 07, 2012 at 11:10 PM
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Thank you Kind Hearts (and Coronets- all you stout, record-breaking, Guinness fans- Gawd, I kill me ).

Charlie



Apr 07, 2012 at 11:37 PM
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very nice Charlie.. you got more than the crabs


Apr 08, 2012 at 12:26 AM
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Fine shots Charlie. Pesky Oystercatcher
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amazing colors on the crap and oystercatcher. must have be the trip of a lifetime. sorry to hear about the camera, r.i.p.


Apr 08, 2012 at 11:38 AM
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Thanks Ken, David and Dorian (I'm hoping the word "crap" was intended to be "crab."
There are many "trips of a lifetime," and the Galapagos was certainly one of mine. I was fortunate to have had several equal-but-different TOLs.
Charlie



Apr 08, 2012 at 03:47 PM
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Super set, Charlie. I really like them all although the crab is very cool.
Chris



Apr 08, 2012 at 08:00 PM
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Awesome set Charlie....love the crab!!!.....


Apr 08, 2012 at 08:02 PM
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What a great bunch of "Crap" Or make that "Crab"
The color on the crap really stands out for me
Love that you share the photos from your travels Charlie

Thanks for sharing

Ant



Apr 08, 2012 at 08:16 PM
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Hey Charlie, I've been enjoying your Galapagos sets and that is what motivated me to post some of mine from last May.
You mentioned the water being cold. What time of year were you there? In May last year (first week) it was very warm. No need for wetsuits or anything. Friends of ours went in October 2010 and the water was freezing during that time.



Apr 08, 2012 at 08:51 PM
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Wonderful travel series Charlie! You certainly have made some marvelous trips and documented them so very well.

Birdie



Apr 08, 2012 at 09:08 PM
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Hi Charlie,

Im sorry to hear one of your bodies and lenses died. If you want to continue shooting with Canon A series look at KEH.com as the last I looked they had a bunch. I used to shoot with 2 Canon AE-1 bodies and a bunch of primes and on more than one occasion they took a dunk and survived without any water getting in. I gave away the last of my Canon gear a few years ago or Id have replacements in the mail to you my friend.

The lava field and the crab are wonderful captures and the oyster catcher is nice as well.

Morris



Apr 08, 2012 at 10:05 PM
Charlie Shugart
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Thanks, guys and doll .
Oh, I replaced the camera and zoom soon after they froze up, and added a couple of more modern Canon film bodies in years to follow (for 400mm tele use). In all those years of travel and use, the only problem I had with the cameras was because of the wave soaking- and that was driver error (that's 30+ years for the A-1 and AE-1 program). No complaints about equipment from me.
Charlie

Oh, about the time of year- I was there in November or December, when the cold Humboldt Current prevailed. Sometimes the warm El Nino current comes in and the fishing is worsened (I forgot about that ).



Apr 08, 2012 at 11:28 PM
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A very nice set Charlie. Your crabs stand out for me... Do people eat those crabs, assuming they have figured a way to catch them?
Ron



Apr 09, 2012 at 02:18 AM
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