Benjamin J Bogard
Photo and Video based in NYC

Oh my brave little adventurer....

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Things expected to be acquired on a trip to the Galapagos: pictures of sea lions, a souvenir with a blue footed booby pun, and sand in your shoes. Things not expected to be acquired: a fear of the Coriolis Effect. I ended up with the latter. During our first day on the excursion to the Galapagos, our tour visited the equator line near Quito, Ecuador.  There, we witnessed many demonstrations (to our awe and slight terror) that deserved a place in Ripley's Believe It or Not. When a draining bucket of water is moved mere feet from the equator line, the water's spin through the drain changes direction (known as the Coriolis Effect). I was surprised to see this effect applied to water so close to the equator. But, it was after this water demonstration that our minds were completely blown. Standing on the line, our bodies were significantly weaker, unable to lift weight and resist forces we were able to accomplish off the equator line. Our ability to complete a sobriety test (while obviously sober) was nonexistent and, most impressively, we were able to balance an egg of the head of a nail.  I was one of the members on the tour to balance the egg and received an honorary egg master certificate.

Canon t4i     50mm     f/5     1/500     ISO100