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Badlands 05 :: Badlands National Park, South Dakota :: © 2004 Patrick Esmonde
Badlands 05
Badlands 03 :: Badlands National Park, South Dakota :: © 2004 Patrick Esmonde
Badlands 03
Badlands 02 :: Badlands National Park, South Dakota :: © 2004 Patrick Esmonde
Badlands 02  In case you are wondering, no, the color is real and was not manipulated in Photoshop.
Islas Ballestas 3 :: Reserva Nacional de Paracas, Perú :: © 2004 Patrick Esmonde
Islas Ballestas 3
Lobos Del Mar 6 :: Reserva Nacional de Paracas, Perú :: © 2004 Patrick Esmonde
Lobos Del Mar 6
Lobos Del Mar 5 :: Reserva Nacional de Paracas, Perú :: © 2004 Patrick Esmonde
Lobos Del Mar 5  Even after a large wave, the baby sea lions make it to shore with little trouble. From what the guide said, sea lions have no natural enemies here because the killer whales are too big to get into the small crevices and curves of the island. Population control is provided by the adult male sea lions, who will kill the young to protect their turf.
Lobos Del Mar 4 :: Reserva Nacional de Paracas, Perú :: © 2004 Patrick Esmonde
Lobos Del Mar 4  I make no claims to being a nature or sports photographer. I´m simply happy I managed to get an image, albeit one out of focus. Good thing I wasn´t hired by National Geographic to cover these animals because I would have failed miserably!
Lobos Del Mar 3 :: Reserva Nacional de Paracas, Perú :: © 2004 Patrick Esmonde
Lobos Del Mar 3  These sea lions are not like the ones you see at Sea World. They have battle scars, are dirty, and would rather sleep that jump through hoops.
Lobos Del Mar 2 :: Reserva Nacional de Paracas, Perú :: © 2004 Patrick Esmonde
Lobos Del Mar 2
Lobos Del Mar 1 :: Reserva Nacional de Paracas, Perú :: © 2004 Patrick Esmonde
Lobos Del Mar 1  Obviously not interested in posing for the hundreds of tourists in small boats, this sea lion, or "lobo del mar," didn´t blink the entire time we passed by.
Islas Ballestas 1 :: Reserva Nacional de Paracas, Perú :: © 2004 Patrick Esmonde
Islas Ballestas 1
Lone Guano Bombardier :: Reserva Nacional de Paracas, Perú :: © 2004 Patrick Esmonde
Lone Guano Bombardier  Scouting the horizon, this bird had only the foulest of intentions. I´m sure that even as I took this picture, he was eyeing me and putting in a request for cargo drop on my boat.
Guano Makers :: Reserva Nacional de Paracas, Perú :: © 2004 Patrick Esmonde
Guano Makers  Each bird produces 1 meter of guano (bird crap) per year. The guano is bagged by workers and then sold as a high-powered fertilizer - one of the best in the world. The collection and sale of guano put Peru on the map of global trade. Since then mob families have run the islands, effectively making a major business from bird excrement.
Candelabro :: Reserva Nacional de Paracas, Perú :: © 2004 Patrick Esmonde
Candelabro  I swear this was created by a group of enterprising Peruvians who knew that tourists would flock from everywhere to see this sight. Explanations abound, but I´m going to stick my business instincts.

Like the lines of Nazca, if you want a really good view, try an online search. It was very cloudy, and I´m not too happy with the results.
Punta Mina 3 :: Reserva Nacional de Paracas, Perú :: © 2004 Patrick Esmonde
Punta Mina 3

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