Imagine landing in the late afternoon on the shores of one of the Galapagos islands and being met by… this?
There they stand, erect, proud, poised and still as if waiting just for you to take that coveted photo. One move of theirs would have most of you scramble for shelter. But fortunately for you, they don’t move. They just stand there while you click away and then scramble off once you’ve moved on to a new attraction.
These iguanas are so used to visitors and seem to have no instinct of fear, not having for the most part ever had to suffer from the threat of predators.
This is somewhat uncanny at first, as these marine iguanas pose for you in a huddle, waiting patiently for the ubiquitous photos session to be over while we, visitors, stare in awe in between photo shots.
We never felt threatened by the land or marine iguanas we came across, gruesome as some of them looked.
They usually stood their ground calmly, allowing tourists to peer from close up, with camera lenses at times just a few inches from their heads, tolerating this inconvenience with a passive look of resigned composure.
All these photos of iguanas and other animals were taken on different islands in the Galapagos by Mirek and myself.