Last Saturday I embarked on my second trip to the Galapagos Islands. Nothing is more hair-raising than taking 30 kids to a foreign country. With my handy SPF 30 in one hand, and a travel size johnson & johnson baby powder (a self-proclaimed sponsor of my summer European travels) in the other I felt like I was ready for anything the Equator had to throw at me. Sadly, in the end the Ecuadorian sun got the best of me, especially when I had to give up my touristy hat to a British student who needed it far more than I did.
Animal shots below, Landscape shots coming up in a few weeks.
Each of the three islands we visited had its own unique flare. San Cristobal with the snorkel at Kicker Rock and the streets that were overrun with sea lions. Isabella Island with its crystal clear water, 2,000 inhabitants and an active volcano. It was also the first time I have ever seen penguins in the wild. Finally Santa Cruz, home to one of the premiere scientific field stations in the world. A week of science, photography, snorkeling and hiking that won’t soon be forgotten, and tortoises, we shouldn’t forget about the tortoises…
Although tracking Rhinos on foot and getting up close and personal with a cheetah are hard to beat… The shot of the trip was a team effort. Lions really are big cats, just sleeping all day not caring about who rolls up on them. A well timed spotlight and some ambient noise led to a nighttime head raise. Although not the clearest shot I have ever taken, an instant favorite!