Days 9 – 12 Galapagos Islands

I have most of the pictures up on the Shutterfly site now. There are some really good shots of many  indigenous species of the islands. Lots of plunge diving boobies, lounging sea lions, and even flamingos. Please  feel free to visit the site and check out my photographs.

https://2013ecuadortrip.shutterfly.com/

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Pictures From Days 1 – 4

I’ve setup a ShutterFly Site for my pictures. Here are a few samples from days 1 – 4.
https://2013ecuadortrip.shutterfly.com/

Here are a few samples. Enjoy!

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The Albatross Airport (Espanola Island, Galapagos)

Why the Waved Albatross chose this island for a nesting ground is obvious at first site. Being the oldest of the Island chain Espanola is the flattest of the islands. So it resembles a giant aircraft carrier. For a giant bird with an enormous wingspan like an Albatross. It’s a natural choice.

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This is the only place in the world the Waved Albatross is known to nests.

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They lay a single egg and hatch a single chick. It takes constant attention by both parents to raise a young one to fledge. They travel up to 60 miles a day to gather food for the young chick.

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They only visit this piece of land once every 5 years or so to bread. They spend the rest of there entire life at sea far from the site of land. This was an incredible place to visit.

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With a 7.2 foot wing span. These birds are a wonder to watch take off, land and fly. What an incredible bird.

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Swimming With Sharks

I had a great time today swimming with the sharks at Kicker Rock here in the Galapagos Islands.

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Of course there were turtles too.

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Here is Kicker Rock.

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Stay Tuned For Updates!

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Galapagos Bound

I’m in Quito today. We went to the market in Otavalo and visited an extinct volcano that now has a lake in it’s caldera. When I woke up this morning I was blessed with a view of a snow capped volcano. The skies had cleared long enough to provide this view from my room.

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Here is a picture of the volcano caldera lake.

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Tomorrow it’s up early for the flight to the Galápagos Islands. I’ll be out of touch for the next 5 days. So stay tuned to my Spot GPS updates and more post when I return. The adventure continues.

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How Fast Things Change In The Rain Forest

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This is the same view looking out over the Amazon basin from the foothills of the Andes. Pictures were taken aprox. one hour apart. They don’t call it a rain forest for nothing. Once it moved in it rained all yesterday, last night and today. I’m back in Quito now. We go to Otavolo tomorrow and then Galápagos Islands on Monday.

Stay Tuned.

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Water, Water, Everywhere

Yes, it rains everyday in the rain forest. Some times more then once.
I am on the Eastern side of the Andes mountains and will be headed down to the beginning of the Amazon jungle tomorrow. I hiked a few clicks up a mountain to visit this waterfall today. The Andes are an amazing place. Imagine the Rocky Moutains with a jungle on top. Can’t wait to see what tomorrow brings. Good night. Stay Tuned!

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