Back From the Equator

We've just returned from a few weeks south of, or more precisly, along, the Equator. We were in Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands, and it was a trip full of energizing ideas, incredible sights and a feeling of what the the earth might have been like had humans never trod upon it. The Galapagos are an amazing destination about which I can offer only one word of suggestion: GO!

While our trip is likely to generate a number of future posts, I still need to intellectually digest All the stimuli it provided. In the meantime, please enjoy this gallery of faces-such as the blue-footed booby above-from the Galapagos Islands, latitude zero.

Giant tortoise from Santa Cruz. Each island has its own variant of the tortoise. Supposedly Steven Spielberg visited the Galapagos years ago, and the tortoises provided him the inspiration for creating the face of the most famous alien of all--E.T.

Land iguana

Albatross chick


James David said...

hi, just visiting from Blotanical.
That is truly an exotic visit of all the rare animals in the world.
Thanks for sharing.

Steve Silk said...

It's quite the place, James. But hey, if you're living on Borneo there should be no shortage of floral and faunal wonders.

Anonymous said...

Inspiring portraits Steve... what a wonderful escape you have had... I have always wanted to visit there... since my first introduction to Darwin... one day... for now I get a sneak preview through your eyes. Thanks for being a generous guide. Carol

the inadvertent farmer said...

Wow...love the unique wildlife. Beats me slugs and elk! Kim

Hortist said...

wow...amazing pictures of amazing animals :)

Hort Log said...

great, expecting more of this in future postings...but I envy people who can make the trip to this mecca for nature lover.

joeltheurbangardener said...

Great shots Steve. You have definitely piqued my interest. Great to find you on Blotanical.

joco said...

Hello there,
Are they real?
Unbelievable. I envy you the experience of such a trip.
The blue-footed bird looks like the one the new search engine bing uses as an opening page.Those staring eyes are arresting.
(I came from GGW,reading your helpful post on backgrounds).

Olive Tree said...

Hi, it's a very great blog.
I could tell how much efforts you've taken on it.
Keep doing!

Layanee said...

Galapagos Islands are on the list. Great pictures and that little albatross chick has a face only a mother could love.