15th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Natural World
Giant Galapagos Tortoise

I had already seen a number of tortoises around the island we were visiting but none were as large as this one. As soon as it started walking towards me I knew I was seeing something I would likely never see again. I took the shot as he lifted his leg in an effort to try and capture the movement of a creature so rarely in motion.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 01.2016
Date Uploaded: 09.2017
Photo Location: Ecuador
Camera: ILCE-6000
Copyright: © Emily Muly