Enough with the furniture. It’s only in the title but I am not contractually required to write only about furniture. For a change of pace and to provide some entertainment for family:

Animal pictures!

Baby Sea Lions. How cute!

Baby Sea Lions. How cute!

As many of you know, I spent two weeks in Galapagos Islands this past September. Not my first choice of vacations but it can’t always be about me. The five I was traveling with were beyond excited. What do I know? That’s why I jet off to Boston given a chance.

Galapagos turtles look too much like Star Trek villians.

Galapagos turtles look too much like Star Trek villains.

Caution – Photo Geek content.

I took around 1200 pictures, Digital film is cheap. I bought me a new Nikon D5300 for the small size and I really needed the WiFi and GPS. Really. And I wanted to carry a third type of battery. Problem was I ended up mostly using my trusty old Nikon D80. My preferred lens, the AF VR-Nikkor 80-400mm does not have an internal focusing motor. That would be the AF-S VR-Nikkor 80-400mm. And at $2600, I was prepared to compromise. As we all know, smaller Nikon D-SLR’s starting with the D40 require AF-S lenses with internal focusing motors while the larger D-SLR’s have the focusing motor and can use older lenses.

At 43 oz., it was also as big a lens as I wanted to carry. I had a 70-300mm and an 18-200mm lens but the additional 100mm made a huge difference. I got pictures that others didn’t. That’s why I’m sharing.

But I did use the new high-speed daylight balanced SanDisk film cards. (Really, no such thing.)

Gulls! It had to be gulls.

Gulls! It had to be gulls.

One day at sunset, there were wave after wave of gulls flying by at below dune height. In my twisted mind, I thought of planes flying to Berlin in WWII. They just kept coming. And shortly before we left for the day, the reversed their flights.

There were these amazing crabs. The shore was covered with them.

There were these amazing crabs. The shore was covered with them.

Not being hunted there, the creatures are rather blasé about us. We were required to stay 6′ from them but the creatures haven’t read the same manual. We had to come up with passive/aggressive ways to get them off of the paths. And the turtles, just forget about it.

And I have lots of flight sequences.

And I have lots of flight sequences.

Had to do something while the cool kids were snorkeling...

Had to do something while the cool kids were snorkeling…

There are too many pictures in these sets. They were made for the 20 passengers and 10 crew on the boat. Being there, the pictures mean different things to them then they do to you, my loyal readers. If I were do a presentation, I would reduce the sets but they are there to look at until you are done.

Click HERE to see Set 3 of the Galapagos beasts.

Click HERE to see Set 6 of the beasts.

And to see all picture I have on Flickr, click HERE to see all my sets and look to your heart’s content.

Just don’t tell me I’ve got too many pictures. I know and it doesn’t matter.