Teaming with and fighting for life

Soft coral at Dixon's Pinnacle

Soft coral at Dixon’s Pinnacle, though protected by its depth and temperature, remains under serious threat like much of the world’s coral as seas warm and acidify. This is a picture of what mankind may very well be pushing out of existence.

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Pensive monkishness


Namgyal Monastery in Dharamshala boasts a large cadre of monks who worship, study, chant, argue and more.

Here, they pause in contemplation (probably of the goo-for-lunch they’re about to receive).

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Blue skies and silver bluffs

And now and then, clouds break

Isla de la Plata, the island of silver, is so named either because a naval giant stashed his treasure there, or because the guano covering the islands cliffs glints grey in the sun.

It’s also often referred to as the poor man’s Galapagos. It’s the only place in the world outside the vaunted island chain where you can find the three species of sought-after boobies: blue-footed, masked and red-footed.

It’s also home to sea lions and frigate birds and other rare wildlife both on land and in the fertile seas surrounding. It draws tourists from around Ecuador and South America for a glimpse at natural wonder without the price of a Galapagos visit.

I spent many and afternoon diving these waters. I revel now looking back at the beautiful cliffs.

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