I was lucky enough to be in remote Itampolo on the southwest coast of Madagascar on November 7, 2003. The first rain of the season fell for a half hour during late morning, waking up a thirsty land and bringing out radiated tortoises Geochelone radiata in force. These images were taken up on the Mahafaly Plateau where the ground is mostly eroded limestone. Rainwater collected in the many shallow depressions just long enough for the lumbering wet beauties to drink quickly before it soaked into the porous rock. Down closer to the beach, other tortoises gladly drank from curled pads of prickly pear cactus that also held tiny puddles of rain temporarily.