Posted by: danielfee | September 22, 2012

Weekly Photo Challenge: Solitary 09-21-2012

Lonesome George – Galapagos Islands

Uluru (Ayers Rock) – Northern Territory, Australia

Chilean Navy Station – Cape Horn, Chile

Is there anything more solitary than being the last of your species? Lonesome George was the last Pinta Island giant tortoise,  a subspecies of the Galapagos tortoise . Sadly, George died on June 24, 2012 and the subspecies is now believed to be extinct. 

On the other side of the world down under in the Australian outback, there is a solitary monolith known by the Aborigines as Uluru, which rises high above the surrounding flat desert. The sandstone formation stands 1,142 feet high, but most of its bulk is underground. It has a total circumference of 5.8 miles which makes it the worlds largest monolith. 

If you would like to spend some time at the most solitary place in the world then join the Chilean Navy and put in your request for duty at the Chilean Naval Station located on Cape Horn at the southern tip of the world. The cape lies within Chilean territorial waters and the Chilean Navy maintains a station on Hoorn Island, consisting of a residence, utility building, chapel, and lighthouse.

 

 

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Responses

  1. Poor Lonsome – he was tucked away from us when we visited. 🙂

  2. I love Lonesome George.

  3. the second photo like a cake!! love them

  4. very solitary images…love George

  5. I was lucky enough to see Lonesome George late last year. I think I was more excited to see him (in captivity), than I was to see other giant tortoises in the wild. But it’s because he was such an icon for conservation in the Galapagos Islands. It’s very sad that he has passed away.

  6. Hi Daniel, As there hasn’t been a new WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge so far this week, perhaps you’d like to join in the Weekly Travel Theme http://wheresmybackpack.com/2012/09/28/travel-theme-foliage/ xxx Ailsa


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