Reader Dennis Hansen, whose photographs of Aldabra (a large coral atoll that’s part of the Seychelles in the Indian Ocean) and its tortoises and crabs have appeared on this site before (see, for instance, here, here, here, and here), has now sent a video of his work on the island’s tortoises, “Ghosts, giants, and resurrection.” It’s a wonderful video made by a man who truly loves his tortoises. (See also his posts on Mauritius here and here.) Dennis’s notes:
Here’s a slightly unusual set of visuals for your consideration for the Reader’s Wildlife Photograps section – in the form of a video.
The video is from a recent private & annual TED-like event here in Zurich, where business people, artists, and scientists get together and discuss ideas and stories presented by artists and scientists. It’s usually great fun and a very broad mix of topics and people. The curator of the event, Rolf Dobelli, generously provided me with an opportunity to share our work with giant tortoises, resurrection, and islands with the audience.
As the talk contains almost nothing but photos (and a few video clips of the giants & what they’re up to!), I thought it could be an interesting semi-personal way to share some wildlife photos with your & your readers.(like you, though, I absolutely hate listening to my own voice, so I hope I remember what I said in case you or anyone else has questions…).
Afterwards, when discussing tortoises with attendants, a lot of people enjoyed touching and examining the carapace I’d brought along, leading to discussions about tortoises and ecology in general. Turns out that show & tell works even for CEOs