There’s not a whole lot to say about sunsets, except that they are pretty. And they’re especially pretty in the Galapagos Islands when the last light glints off the wet lava rocks on the beach on Isla Floreana. Only 140 people live on the island, and very, very few tourists ever visit it. There are, […]
Marine iguanas are everywhere on the Galápagos Islands, and everywhere you see them, they seem to be in colonies of dozens, or even hundreds. So it was a bit rare to see this guy alone sunning himself on the rocks. He let me get pretty close before he scurried away. I guess the big American […]
One thing you learn right away is that sea lions are everywhere in the Galápagos. Sitting on the park benches, climbed onto boats moored in the harbor, on the steps down to boat pier, on the rocks lining the shore. And sometimes, actually frolicking in the water. It seems they seem to stay in the […]
I don’t think this guy has a name, like his predecessor Lonesome George, but he’s enjoying the good life at the Tortoise Breeding Center on Isla Isabela in the Galápagos. One of the things we learned while in the Galápagos last week is that there were, at one time, 15 species of Galápagos tortoises, and […]
When we lived in Ecuador six years ago, we woke up one day to a police strike. Not that you could tell when the police were on strike, because they don’t do anything in Quito that you would notice. Especially not do anything to stop the rampant street crime in the city. At any rate, […]
Way back when we started this six year Odyssey, I wrote about the day Kris and I started to climb Rucu Pichincha, one of the two peaks of the Pichincha Volcano. If you click back to that post–and I recommend you do–you’ll see a couple of pics of us, and an explanation of why we […]
Capture the Colour is a travel photography contest sponsored by The Travel Supermarket. They’re a British company, hence the spelling of color. The idea is to enter five photos, each illustrating a striking color. I’ve chosen some photos that feature (mostly) a small area of the specified color, rather than a big field. Maybe it’s […]
If you wander around the colonial district of Quito on any weekend day, you’re almost bound to run into some amateur music or folk dancing troupe doing their thing. This was one of four such groups I saw one Sunday afternoon.
One thing about the Milpe Cloud Forest in Ecuador: bugs are everywhere. I watched this little guy crawling on the leaf for about ten minutes before I got a shot I liked. One of these days, I’m going to buy a macro lens.
At our lodge in the Milpe Cloud Forest, in western Ecuador, hummingbirds swarmed the sugar water feeders put out by the management. However, some birds preferred the orchids which surrounded our eating area.