The Whole Picture: Top of Bartolome

| December 19, 2011 | 3 Comments
bartolomeisland The Whole Picture: Top of Bartolome

The view from the top is very good, looking over to Santiago—which was once connected to Bartolome.

Just off Isla San Salvador’s Sullivan Bay coast, the tiny islet of Isla Bartolome is among the younger of the Galapagos Islands. With a total land area of just 1.2 sq km, this island offers some of the most beautiful landscapes in the archipelago. As a fairly recent volcano with very little vegetation, there are some great features like spatter and cinder cones, as well as some neat looking pumice rocks and ropy lava. Wooden steps lead up to the top to avoid wear on the fragile volcanic soil. This is the most visited of the Galapagos Islands, partly because of its proximity to Santa Cruz—those that don’t like a lot of open water can make a day trip from there. The view from the top was very good, looking over to Santiago which was once connected to Bartolome.

Bartolome also has the distinction of being the location of the only feature film ever to shoot in the Galapagos — Peter Weir’s Master and Commander (starring Russel Crowe). In fact, the movie’s Galapagos scenes are the only time where the men of the HMS Surprise leave their ship to touch land. According to Weir, it’s hard to overestimate the importance of the movie’s Galapagos scenes. It’s the only point in the movie you actually see land,” he points out, “making it a centerpiece of the movie. I wanted to make the Galapagos look almost like another planet to the men aboard the Surprise.”

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Inspired by publications like Life Magazine, National Geographic and online experiences like’s photo blog, images marked as ‘The Whole Picture’  are intended to highlight high-quality, amazing imagery. Kathryn and Daniel will post ‘The Whole Picture‘ irregulary.  Like all of our photos, it is an original photo not otherwise on the site—it might be fresh from our camera, a new scan of some old film, a product of our fooling around with Photoshop, or a file from the archive that we haven’t posted yet.

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For nearly ten years now, Daniel of Two Go Round-The-World has explored how travel captures our imagination and engages our deepest emotions. One half of the duo that maintains the widely read Two Go Round-The-World blog, Daniel treats his subjects not only as works of art but also as symbols of the cultural and political forces that inspire them. His latest book, The Physics of Flocking, gathers his favourite writing featured over the past two years on Two Go Round-The-World in columns like 'Looking Back' and 'The Whole Picture'—along with new reflections.

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  1. I totally remember that part of the movie — before the final climactic battle, Crowe stops at the Galapagos Islands. While there we catch a glimpse of some of the exotic birds and mammals that are indigenous to this island. For just a brief moment you get the feeling that you are watching some kind of sci-fi flick. Crowe’s counterpart, Dr Maturin has been waiting all his life to see specimens like this but duty calls and Crowe orders the ship onward in pursuit of the fight.

  2. Samuel says:

    I love this shot! The way you’ve manipulated the DOF is impressive.

  3. Marysia says:

    Great picture, love the colors, especially the yellow!

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