Saturday, January 21, 2012

Galapagos Islands: Land and sea scapes.

Galapagos Islands is well known for unique wildlife: gentle marine and land iguanas seen nowhere else, tortoises that mimic small cars for size, sea lions so unafraid and inquisitive they will tickle you with their long, sensitive whiskers, and birdlife that astounds in its colour and diversity. It is expected you'll fill up your memory cards with cute animal pics, but this ancient archipelago of volcanic islands erupting from the bowels of the earth offers other treasures: clear waters, raw knife-sharp cliffs, lava faced coastlines, white coral beaches, and colourful vegetation come together for picture-postcard scenes.








This picture was taken through the tinted glass of our G Adventures boat.


Same scene but taken from out on the deck.



This land is just as unique and colourful as its weird wildlife.

Eek! What on earth is this monster?

A lava formation.

BTW, none of the photos have been enhanced. They have merely been cropped for effect. 

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13 comments:

Bret @ Green Global Travel said...

Great photos, Jim! Love those panoramic shots. Can't wait to read more about your experience there...

Andy said...

Hello Jim.
These are some awesome shots...they look like postcards!
Thanks for sharing.

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Jan said...

The magnificence of your photos is beyond words. such a gorgeous place to be. I am grateful that you are sharing this experience with us. Looking forward to hearing and seeing more from your trip. Thank you...I have missed you by the way!

Jessica M said...

These were beautiful images to look at this morning. I loved all of them...the one with the ship was stunning...and the one with the lava formation was really cool. Great post!

Alpana Jaiswal said...

Mesmerizing...they are so beautiful.

Pamela said...

Wow, incredible!!!! Glad you're home safe and sound and looking forward to more pics! xo

J. R. Nova said...

I wish I could live there.... Awesome pictures, makes me a bit jealous ;)

Jim said...

Thanks Bret, I would have to say Galapagos was a thrilling experience. Finally getting to a destination that has been in our dreams since kids was worth every dollar!

Jim said...

Hi Andy, yes real postcard stuff, but that picture of the barquentine in the sunset is rather special, catching the light like that.

Jim said...

Hi Jessica, nice to see you here. Glad you liked my lava monster!

AJ said...

Wow, what a wonderful world! And you're a great photographer. No enhancement - I dream of the day I could do that. :) Looking forward to your Galapagos stories, Jim.

Mary Hudak-Collins said...

These photos are so breathtaking Jim! It's so beautiful that it's hard to believe that some place like this really exists :)

Debbie said...

Jim, so much beauty!! I love the boat photo. There is a big difference in the two photos, the one through the glass and then on deck.

Love the beach monster too!

Thanks for sharing
deb