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Darwin Lake

Darwin Lake
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Copyright: Selen Ediger (SelenE) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-04-27
Categories: Seascape, Mountain, Ocean
Camera: Canon EOS 20D, Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM, Hoya 77mm Super-HMC CPL MCPRO1
Exposure: f/8, 1/125 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Lakes of the World [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-12-13 5:17
Viewed: 5794
Points: 54
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Darwin Lake at Isabela Island

Darwin Lake is a small lagoon in a crater very near Tagus Cove that is thought to have been formed by a tidal wave when a volcano on Fernandina Island (in the background) erupted. The lake is a very unusual feature being slightly above sea level and twice as salty as sea water. As water evaporates from the lake, water is replenished from the sea via the porous rocks that separate the sea from the water in the crater. There is a line of salt encrustation along the water's edge of the lake.

Behind the lake you can see our boat anchored, that bay is called the Tagus Cove. Darwin’s boat “The Beagle” anchored here in 1835 and Darwin spent considerable time exploring the area. Tagus Cove is an excellent anchorage which has been a favorite stopping place since centuries for pirates, whaling ships, etc. The bay has its own endemic and native vegetation.

(sources: www.darwinsgalapagos.com, www.galapagosoptions.com )

uleko, joey, Alex99, nglen, sherlock628, jrobertop, Adanac, Jamesp, anel, rcrick, Necipp, darwin, shirgold has marked this note useful
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Wow! What an amazing spot that you have captured with great skills. Your notes are much interesting about this superb and wild place. I wish I have the chance to visit this part of the world someday. You must have done an amazing trip there. Well seen and well done. Thanks,

Hello Selen,
It is interesting to see this rugged landscape, so different from what I'm used to!
Good point of view, including some of the dry vegetation in front...
The water in the lake has wonderful colour, different from the ocean in the back!
Pablo -

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2007-12-13 6:05]

Hi Selen,
an amazing landscape shot! Excellent composition with an unusual and interesting lay of the land here. i like the green fringe around the edges of the water and the layer of brown along the bottom of the frame adds some nice contrasting colour. great job.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-12-13 6:34]

Hello Selen,
This sounds like a really fascinating spot to visit and very beautiful! Excellent composition showing fine details and great depth. The light and colours are wonderful too and I like the small bushes and brown 'grass' in the foreground. Interesting note too.
Many thanks, Ulla

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2007-12-13 6:57]

What a beautiful place!
The colour of the sea is very inviting!
You are so lucky to be able to go here and have a boat moored up as well!
Great composition and POV. Good sharpness and detail.
Excellent notes!
Well done Selen.

Hi Selen ,
nice scenery with great composition.
well exposed

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-12-13 9:40]

Hi Selen.
Your choice of pictured scene is brilliant as well as the POV and framing. Great colours and details of the landscape, impressive lighting. So wonderful picture. Thank and lot.

Merhaba Selen,
excellent view of the mighty lake well presented!!
great pov in total clarity, natural colour and so much details to enjoy and view!!
a notes to read too
well done
best regards

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-12-13 13:32]

Hi Selen. What a beautiful looking place to have been. and thanks for sharing it with use. also for the interesting facts about the lake. which you have captured with rich colours and fine detail. a nice hight POV. well done TFS.

Ciao Selen,
ci mostri con questa splendida foto un angolo di mondo veramente unico.
Uno splendido paesaggio superbamente ripreso.

Hi Selen,
very nice photo, good compositiion and sharpness. very informative note.

Hello Selen,
Beatiful capture of a lovely seascape. Composition is excellent. Colours are vibrant. Very Nicely done!

Hi Selen,
This is a beautiful landscape.
Very well composed, excellent POV and lovely colors.
I like the light and deep too.
More a marvellous work.
Congratulations and TFS!
José Roberto

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2007-12-13 22:16]

Hi Selen

I remember walking up to this lake very well. Lovely capture - especially given the harsh tropical light. The colours are really good too.


merhaba Selen hanım,
güzel ve ilginç bir yer. bildiğim katar krater göller yaygın Galapagos da ve bu da benziyor diyecektim ki notunuzda da belirtmişsiniz. açısı, netliği, ışığı ve kompozisyonuyla güzel bir çekim. elinize sağlık.

Hi Selen, lovely seascape with splendid colors, great composition, very well done, ciao Silvio

Please visit


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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2007-12-14 7:02]

hello Selene,
Very beautiful sight! I like a lot the composition of your pictures with the two water surfaces one after the other. Nice also to have the two trees in the front and in the sun, making a nice contrast to the shadow of the hill behind.
I also had the pleasure to see these marvellous places a few years ago.
Thanks and best regards

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2007-12-14 17:33]

Hello Selen,
What an amazing place this must have been Selen, your image is excellent from your great camera work.

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-12-14 18:49]

Hi Selen,
Wonderful shot of this lake and waht a fabulous view it is. Fantastic colours and details on the mountains. The blue waters look majestic and I like the interesting shape of the mountain. Great natural lighting and the FG trees presents a fine perspective. Excellent POV and composition. Kudos.

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  • cako Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 485 W: 0 N: 772] (3395)
  • [2007-12-16 6:40]

Merhaba Selen hanım nefis bir manzara olmuş ellerinize sağlık.

Hi Selen,
Wow what a stunning landscape the colours are just perfect, excellent dof, perfect exposure, the silver bark of the trees up against the blue waters of the lake it really looks like an amazing place to be, great work all the best Rick :)

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  • krall Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 190 W: 0 N: 47] (1286)
  • [2007-12-17 13:08]

Çok güzel bir yer güzel bir manzara tebrikler

Merhaba Selen, Very sharp shot with great composition, nice contrasting light with fine exposure, beautifull place Selamlar Necip.

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-12-17 20:17]

Hello Selen

A lovely shot of this little lake.I really like the natural colours,and how a light,lush green surrounds the water.
Very well focused with sharp detail.
The POV is excellent.


Hi Selen.
You sure found a good location to shoot this. Love the intense colours.Nice work on framing it in camera. I also like how the green border shows around the lake.
Keep safe! D:)

Hi Selen
Wonderful shot
Great composition and light
Excellent detail and depth
tfs jon

Hi Selen,
Very interesting place and nice image.
You are lucky to have visited Isabela.
TFS, Shir

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