Elephant Seal Romance and Combat

4th November 2015. Sea Lion Island, Falkland Islands.

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The beachmaster arrives.

Southern elephant seals can dive for more than twenty minutes and have been recorded more than 2,000 metres down.

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I found a remote sheltered stony cove populated by elephant seals.  From my vantage point maybe ten feet above them, I was able to observe their interactions much more successfully than had I been at the same level.

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Here he is, fresh from an elephant seal beauty contest in Mar-a-Lago, Florida.

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Whether his overtures are appreciated is not perhaps the point as far as he is concerned.

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The pup looks on seemingly with curiosity and concern.

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An illusory moment of domestic bliss, perhaps.

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As one can see here, the beachmaster and a female are very different in size.  Adult male southern elephant seals weigh up to five tonnes and are up to seven metres long.

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Hmm.  I had assumed those wounds on his nose were scars of combat.  Maybe there’s another explanation.

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Two’s company…

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I will resist the temptation to add an anthropomorphic label on this occasion.

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… but maybe not this one:  “Always look on the bright side of life”…

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One may indeed contend whether “romance” and elephant seals should be mentioned in the same sentence.

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It’s possible that Donald Trump aspires to be a male elephant seal, though that’s perhaps being unfair to the elephant seals.

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Beachmasters control a harem of up to several dozen females but need to be constantly on the lookout for interlopers trying to muscle in.

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Being big is an advantage.

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These contests are serious and they can carry many scars.

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The interloper retreats.

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And the contest continues in the sea.

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But eventually he gives up and leaves the harem to the beachmaster.

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Sea Lion Island – Quick Tour

3rd November 2015. Sea Lion Island, Falkland Islands.

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On arriving at Sea Lion Island, I opted for a quick tour of the island in a four-wheel vehicle.  There was just myself and a couple as well as the driver.

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There were some wild seas.

 

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… and they were washing in and out of the hole in the cliff.

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Silvery Grebe.

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The south end of the island was receiving the brunt of the storm.

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The King Cormorants had been washed out of their lower roosting position and had to take refuge further up.

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There was a wild wind but I was able to photograph from the quiet and comfort of the passenger seat of the four wheel drive.

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Back at the Lodge in the east part of the island, I went for as walk before dinner.  This is an elephant seal arriving on the beach.

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The seas were a bit wild at this end of the island too.

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Magellanic Penguin.

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This is the Gentoo Penguin Road.  Stretching from the beach in the far left distance…

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… past where I was standing to their colony.

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Here is the far point and the Penguin Road in the middle foreground.

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And a bit further on they cross some shallow water to get to the beach.

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Dominican Gull in front of the wild sea.

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Flightless steamer ducks.

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Gulls wheeling in the air.

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An elephant seal coming in to shore and announcing his arrival.

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Probably the same one.  There were lots of elephant seals on Sea Lion Island but no sea lions at this time.

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A harem of elephant seals stretched out on the beach.

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A couple of young ones practicing for their adult contests.

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Snuggling in the seaweed.

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Peacefully sleeping on the beach.  Note the traces of blood though on the neck.  There have been some territorial contests going on.

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Thredbo Blues Festival 2017

Thredbo Blues Festival 2017 took place over three days and nights on a weekend at the end of January.  Here is a selection of images, and links at the bottom to more….

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Colour

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Kate Lush

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Jeff Lang

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Bobby Singh

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Kevin Borich
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Rick Melick, Rick Melick Band
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Syd Green, 19 Twenty
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Kane Denelly, 19 Twenty
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John Gwilliam, 19 Twenty
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John Gwilliam, 19 Twenty
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Arc Riders
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Aidan Glover and Harry Tompsett, The New South
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Charlie Wooton, James Southwell Band

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James Southwell Band

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Monochrome

 

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Steve Edmonds, Steve Edmonds Band
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John Howell, Chase the Sun (and Arc Riders)
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Dogg’n It
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Glynn Dowding, The Stars
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Pete Cornelius
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Chris Gilbert, playing with Kevin Borich
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19 Twenty
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Hat Fitz
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Cara Robinson
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Owen Campbell Band

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Shane Pacey, Foreday Riders
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Jeff Doukakis, Steve Edmonds Band
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Jon Carson, playing with Kevin Borich
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Dylan Harding, James Southwell Band
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19 Twenty
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James Southwell and Kate de Araugo, James Southwell Band
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There are many more images. On the Thredbo Blues Festival Page . you will find links to images from the 2016 Festival, as well the previous seven festivals . Links for 2013 include top 100 images, selected monochromes and one for each of the 20 bands. These include other bands not mentioned above including Blackwood Jack, Geneveive Chadwick, Jonno Zilber, Jules Boult & the Redeemers, Lisa Ohlback Band and Tangled Weed.

Alternatively, there is also a direct overall link to all Thredbo 2017 images in JAlbum (with overview images and images by band organised by folder). There are 493 images in all.

For other images of a particular band I may have taken since 2006, see the Musicians and Bands Page.

Albury: Landscape, Wildlife and Dolls

Albury and region, Australia, 1 to 5 February 2017

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I’m interrupting the Falklands posts for a couple of more local ones, as they happen.

This is about landscapes, avian wildlife and dolls. I accompanied my partner the 340km from Canberra to Albury where she was setting up an exhibition of fashion dolls at the Albury LibraryMuseum.

While she and LibraryMuseum staff were setting up the exhibition, I drove out and tested some new cameras and lenses in the countryside.

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Lake Hume

The first few images are from the northern end of Lake Hume, a large man-made lake formed by damming the River Murray.

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This is more Murray River than Lake Hume but where that starts and ends depends on water level which can vary considerably.

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A water plant such as water hyacinth on the surface of the river.

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Not algae but perhaps an aquarium plant dumped in the river.

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Baled hay with Lake Hume in the background.

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Wonga Wetlands

The next day, I visited Wonga Wetlands which is on the Murray River only six kilometres from Albury.

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Reflections.

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Ducks.  Perhaps Pacific Black Ducks.

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Sacred Kingfisher.

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The Wonga Wetlands is a series of large interconnected lagoons.

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Little black cormorants on a branch of the tree in the middle of the lagoon.  There is contention for the topmost place on the branch.

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Great Egret.

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Ducks in the algal bloom.

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Abstract art in Nature.

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White-faced heron.

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White-faced heron.

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Australian White Ibis.

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Lake Mulwala, replete with drowned trees.

I drove on to Lake Mulwala, hoping to photograph convoluted sections of the River Murray along the way but the GPS kept redirecting me to Victoria without me realising, so that trip was largely wasted.

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Fashion and Fantasy

This is Julie Manley‘s exhibition of fashion dolls at Albury LibraryMuseum.  The exhibition was previously held at Canberra Museum and Gallery in 2015.  Most of the costumes were sewn and most of the dolls were painted by Julie.

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Blacksmith shop by Lou Matheron.

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Julie’s address at the opening.

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Wonga Wetlands again

After the exhibition was up and running, I visited the wetlands again, this time with Julie.

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Aboriginal bark hut in simulated Wiradjuri campsite.

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Reflections on the river.

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Black swan.

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Five black swans.

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Female Australasian Shoveller?

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Great Egrets.

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Great Egret and perhaps a blue-billed duck in the background.

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Pebble Island to Sea Lion Island

3rd November 2015. Falkland Islands.

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At 11am I flew from Pebble Island to Sea Lion Island in the same light plane that previously took me to Pebble Island.

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If you look carefully you may be able to see the airfield, both along the isthmus and across it.  This is where a SAS raid destroyed the Argentine aircraft on the ground in 1982.

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Moving a bit to the right, there is the edge of the settlement at bottom right under the watermark.

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The large building is the main house where I stayed.

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Moving further along, this is the wharf and the old farm buildings.

The following five images are islets between Pebble Island and West Falkland.

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Brocken Island and subsidiary islets.

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At the east end of East Island.

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Same location, different view.

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Small islands off River Island.

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Probably the east coast of River Island.

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Flying over the barren hinterlands of West Falkland.

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On the east coast of West Falkland, this is Port Howard, the most massive metropolis in West Falkland, with twenty inhabitants and centre of a farm with over 40,000 sheep.

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Still Port Howard, from a different perspective as we fly south west.

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Falkland Sound in the foreground and the cliffs that protest Port Howard from the East.

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Further back and now we can see the Hornby Mountains behind and the weather is closing in.

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Now we can see the entrance to Port Howard Inlet.

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This is now the west coast of East Falkland, Long Point from over Egg Harbour.

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A bit further on, looking back towards the southern edge of Egg Harbour.

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A river in the centre of East Falkland.

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There are many small lakes in the centre of East Falkland.  I know where this is, but can’t supply a name.

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At the far end of Adventure Sound.

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This is at the Bay of Harbours, at the south coast of East Falkland, just to the east of Cow Point.  I don’t have a shot coming in to Sea Lion Island, further south.  It must have been too cloudy there.

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Pebble Island Homestead

2nd to 3rd November 2015. Pebble Island, Falkland Islands.

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This is a distant view of the Pebble Island Homestead, as we return on the late afternoon of the 2nd.

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In the late afternoon light, and it might have been a spring tide, these South American Terns were diving for some marine food source in the waves…

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Next morning I was due to fly out and I got up early, I think before breakfast, to photograph the old farm buildings.  There is very little farm activity going on these days and little explanation required of these images.

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Trivial milestone:  I estimate that with this post there are 10,000 images in this blog.  In a couple of posts, if you printed all those images out on A4 paper and stretched them end to end, they would make three kilometres of prints.  There are also over 260,000 words, enough for a 575 page book even without the images.

Note:  Posts may slow down for the next few weeks.  I will be working on images from the Thredbo Blues Festival 2017 and though I have a few Falklands posts ready, I have yet to start on South Georgia.
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Pebble Island Vistas

2nd November 2015. Pebble Island, Falkland Islands.

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The images show the raw, spare beauty of landscapes in the Falkland Islands.  They are all from the northern part of Pebble Island but I’m not going to try to identify specifically where for each image, sp mostly no comments.

The long thin images are panoramas combining from two to five images.  If you click on them they go to a larger than normal size – 2560px wide rather than 1024.

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Falkland Islands, Landscape, Nature, Pebble Island, Photography, seascape, Travel, Wilderness .

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Falkland Islands, Landscape, Nature, Pebble Island, Photography, seascape, Travel, Wilderness .

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Falkland Islands, Landscape, Nature, Pebble Island, Photography, seascape, Travel, Wilderness

In general, a wild and windswept landscape with the notable absence of trees..

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Falkland Islands, Landscape, Nature, Pebble Island, Photography, seascape, Travel, Wilderness .

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Falkland Islands, Landscape, Nature, Pebble Island, Photography, seascape, Travel, Wilderness .

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Falkland Islands, Landscape, Nature, Pebble Island, Photography, seascape, Travel, Wilderness

Some of the beaches look inviting places for a swim if the climate were different.

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Falkland Islands, Landscape, Nature, Pebble Island, Photography, seascape, Travel, Wilderness .

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Falkland Islands, Landscape, Nature, Pebble Island, Photography, seascape, Travel, Wilderness .

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Falkland Islands, Landscape, Nature, Pebble Island, Photography, seascape, Travel, Wilderness .

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Falkland Islands, Landscape, Nature, Pebble Island, Photography, seascape, Travel, Wilderness .

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Falkland Islands, Landscape, Nature, Pebble Island, Photography, seascape, Travel, Wilderness

This is at the northern tip of the island, with some wild water and a storm bearing down.  Nearby was a beach with the original coloured pebbles that gave the island its name.  There are not many of them left now because people have taken them away.  I did take a picture but I didn’t get the depth of field right and it’s not good enough to show here.

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Falkland Islands, Landscape, Nature, Pebble Island, Photography, seascape, Travel, Wilderness .

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Falkland Islands, Landscape, Nature, Pebble Island, Photography, seascape, Travel, Wilderness

Nearing the settlement now, the buildings are associated with the airfield.

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