It's valentines day and love is in the air, everywhere I look around... Therefore I thought you might like this week's picture of the week of these cuddling pinnipeds.
I'd like you to imagine the scene... these two have just nodded off on a St. Valentine's evening, after finishing their Marks and Sparks dine in for twenty quid (the dressed crab followed by the salmon) - followed by two hours in front of Love Actually. Quite where the third guy comes into this I don't quite know - but this is 2013 and anything goes right?
Ok, ok. So the eagle eyed naturalists and naysayers amongst you would undoubtedly like to point out the obvious flaw in these anthropomorphic imaginings. You're absolutely right, M&S do not deliver to the Galapagos. And the two embracing Galapagos Sea Lions are almost definitely females, but who's to say they're not romantically linked?
Whilst these two live in the wonderfully amazing Galapagos Islands, this time last year I was lucky enough to find some of their distant relations much closer to home. Every year, hundreds and hundreds (and hundreds!) of grey seals use Horsey Beach in Norfolk to bring up their young and it's a fantastic place to get to see seals in their natural environment. It's also a great opportunity to take photos of them and you just have to see them to believe the numbers.
I'm sure thousands of people know about the seals on Horsey Beach, but finding them there last year was a complete surprise - which also taught me a valuable photography lesson. I was in Norfolk for a long (averagely romantic...) weekend with the very lovely Mrs mepictureyou (Michelle). I only took my "big" camera and my "big" lenses out of a sense of guilt of leaving them at home - sometimes it's nice to just go places with a nice compact point and shoot that you can carry in a pocket! Anyway, somewhat reluctantly I did take a "proper" (i.e heavy and expensive) camera but chose to leave a lot of the normal paraphernalia at home. Which meant that when we stumbled on this photographic gold mine, I only had space for 30 shots on my solitary memory card and no way of backing up my existing photos to re-use the card. Are you familiar with that feeling of frantically reviewing and deleting "bad" photos to make space on your memory card, whilst your subject / and or the nice light disappears? Me too...
As a photographer and something of a techy type, the idea of "deleting" images, of which only one copy exists is something of an anathema to me. Backing up your photos will be the topic of a future blog...