Hand of gold
Drawing closer to the Galápagos land iguana, Leon noticed tiny details: the mosaic of the animal’s golden scales and the fleshy vegetation it was basking on. Instead of a more classic portrait, Leon focused on the hand. ‘It makes me wonder what the carbon footprint of this iguana is compared to mine,’ he says.
Using their powerful clawed legs, at night Galápagos land iguanas dig burrows to sleep in. Surfacing with the Sun, they warm their cold bodies by basking in the heat, seeking shade when it becomes too hot. They are often spotted with finches perched on their backs, pecking ticks from between their scales.
Nikon 1 V3; 70-300mm f4.5-5.6 lens at 215.5mm; 1/400 sec at f16 (+0.3 e/v); ISO 800.
Isabela Island, Galápagos Archipelago, Ecuador
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Leon Petrinos, Greece/Switzerland
Leon has been fascinated by nature and wildlife photography since early childhood. He enjoys walking in the mountains and observing plants and animals. He is a volunteer at the Aegean Wildlife Hospital in Greece and has also participated in World Wildlife Fund activities in northern Greece. He would like to become more involved in conservation as he grows up.