The Magical Kingdom of Candelabra Island

When we sailed through the colossal bifucated stone split into the secret cove on Candelabra Island in Peru, we could not help but feel like we were intruders in this little paradise filled with thousands of cormorants, blue-footed boobies, pelicans, seals, crabs, terns, seagulls, pelicans and other huge flocks of birds that settled on the jagged rocks around the quayside structure where tons of bird guano was loaded up and sold to a lucrative market every 5 years. The birds, however, watched seemingly unperturbed from their vantage point high above on the jagged rocks. (The italicized words are the prompt words we were given to choose between.  This photo series seems to demonstrate them all.)

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23 thoughts on “The Magical Kingdom of Candelabra Island

  1. msjadeli

    For some life forms, the contrast in living space is between dirt and water. For these critters, it’s between water and stone. Beautiful rocks! And it is reassuring to know there are places on the planet where life for non-humans is fertile (and fertilizing!) and (relatively) undisturbed by us humans.

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    1. lifelessons Post author

      In spite of the fact that I felt like an intruder, they seemed undisturbed by our ogling of them. Perhaps because they go pretty much unthreatened there partially due to the fact that the tons of guano they produce is a valuable commodity–but only collected after it accumulates for five years. A small price to pay for a safe harbor.

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    1. lifelessons Post author

      I had actually found two other bifurcate photos before I looked at these and realized they solved the entire assignment. Problem was culling, because I wanted to use them all. I’ve never seen so many birds in just a few hours of time.
      I didn’t use the other unrelated bifurcate photos, but I’m sure the word will come up again if I wait long enough.

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    1. lifelessons Post author

      It is named Candelabra Island because the of Nazca Line-like huge figure on the island as you approach the bird islands. No one knows how it got there. The Nazca Lines are a good distance away.

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