The Galapagos Islands, 620 miles off the coast of Ecuador, are home to a great variety of wildlife waiting to be photographed; perhaps that’s a stretch, but photography has proven to be an important tool to promote the preservation of our natural world and, if the wildlife was aware of this, they would be happy to be photographed.
When the opportunity arose to visit Galapagos on the boat called the Samba, we were excited to sign up for this adventure. The stars aligned on this trip; everything exceeded our expectations!
There were thirteen photographers and seven crew aboard the Samba. The crew was exceptional in providing the accommodations, meals, facilitating excursions, and getting us to each destination. A tour like this is geared around photography, so the excursions, and there were many, were single focused.
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Prior to our visit, we thought the giant tortoises found on Galapagos would be the highlight, but I think they looked very much like the images that photographs show them to be. We were taken aback, again and again, by the vividness of the Sally Lightfoot crabs, the grandness of the frigate birds, the awesomeness of the albatrosses, the delicateness of the tropic birds, the cuteness of the sea lions, and the perkiness of the penguins. Even the land & marine iguanas proved to be very attractive in real life. But it was the blue footed boobies that totally stole our hearts! These amazing birds were everywhere, and we saw them flying, courting, mating, nesting, and caring for their chicks.
Overall, our favorite memory (but alas no photos) took place during a snorkelling outing. Four penguins flitted about us while having their lunch on the available fish, also swimming among us; it was truly breathtaking to watch these birds fly by, under the water, only an arm’s reach away.
Each island we visited was different from the others. It was as though each island was assigned a theme. It is very difficult for the photographs to reveal what Galapagos looks like without making a point of documenting the landscape and vegetation of each island. In this collection there are some landscape style pictures, but these provide only a narrow view of our visual experience. You may notice the variety of terrain behind some of the wildlife presented here.
Some of the included photographs are taken from the water. None of these were taken from the Samba as you might assume. The Samba was equipped with two pangas (or zodiacs) and these were used several times for photographic excursions. We also had a few outings in kayaks in the quieter waters. We were able to get quite close to coastal wildlife like sea lions, penguins, pelicans, and oyster catchers, and we were able to see them from a very different perspective.
For this entry, we have divided the pictures into Part I and Part II. The idea is, if you finish Part I and would like to see more of the same, then Part II is available. Part II has different pictures but the same mix so, if you enjoyed Part I, then Part II is a continuation.
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