Wednesday, December 10, 2008

U is for Unique

Mrs. Nesbitt's ABC Wednesday round 3
and ABC Wednesday Anthology have wandered
down the alphabet all the way to U.

To be the last of one's species is to be truly unique. Please enlarge the plaque above to give you an understanding of Lonesome George's plight.

And here is Lonesome George himself, photo taken before I had a good zoom lens.

My husband, Otto, poses in order to give us a sense
of the size of Galapagos giant tortoises.

And here is happy group of Galapagos giant tortoises
among their own species.

I am mourning the loss of species, one by one, caused by habitat destruction, global warming and the demands on resources by an ever-increasing world population. Lonesome George is a single sad example of this.

I want to apologize to everyone for not commenting on your posts this week. I am super busy with company coming in two days and then Otto and I being ready to fly to Port Townsend the day they leave. And I've hardly started my Christmas shopping yet, most of which will have to be mailed! At least the calendars are finished and in the mail. Happy holidays, everyone, and don't let yourselves get over-strssed. I'm trying! I'm trying!


Dragonstar said...

Such a thoughtful post, and well worth saying.

Enjoy your visits and your time away, and I hope your Christmas preparations go smoothly!

richies said...

Quite a unique post

An Arkie's Musings

Lily Hydrangea said...

this is so sad. what a beautiful creature.
I keep hearing in national media how man has no effect on the planet and I think people are believing it.
I remember Deepak Chopra said if man were to die the planet would thrive, so how could we not have an effect? The planet doesn't seem to be thriving now.

spacedlaw said...

Great pictures. So sad that they too are disappearing.

Bear Naked said...

Very unique and wonderful photos.
Enjoy your time away and remember to take many photos to share with us.

Bear((( )))

Rinkly Rimes said...

I'm s glad George has company in his declining years.

nonizamboni said...

Wonderful, poignant post. This decline makes me angry and at the same time I want to bury my head in the sand because I feel so helpless.
Have a wonderful, relaxing holiday, dear one! enjoy your time with your loved ones. Send pictures.

Life with Kaishon said...

What a great post! I don't know how I missed this before. I am glad I came over to look around again so I could find this gem. Hope you are having a lovely warm day in California.