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Galapagos Islands, Ecuador

May 16 - 22, 2018
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The entrance to the Safari camp. The sign was dead accurate 😀
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Galapagos Safari Lodge with General Manager Katherine.
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Most of the Galápagos Islands are made by magma flows from inside the earth that pushed and uplifted land over the ocean.

The spectacular landscape on Santa Cruz was formed because under the ground, magma flowed until the volcanic activity came to an end.

When the liquid rock cooled down and contracted, unstable zones were left. As time went by, they collapsed and created the craters like the one in this picture.

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Inside a lava tube, which is created by the lava on the surface cooling, but below the surface, continues to flow. In some cases, there were even lava tubes inside lava tubes, like this one.
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This turtle is an estimated 120 years old.
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Turf war!!
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“Yum. Some guava. My fave”
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Flowers named Flamboya, I guess for obvious reasons 😏
Scorpion fish at the fish market in Santa Cruz.
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A marine iguana. I forget why the discolouring but I think it was lichen.
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No living being is exempt from bird poop!
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Ahhh. A park bench. Must be nap time.
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Adam makes a friend.
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A 160 year old prickly pear cactus.
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Red Mangrove
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This was pretty cool. We were on a rocky promontory, waiting for the boat, wondering how it would dock.

It came in nose first. With the spongy stuff wrapped around the nose, they were able to push the boat against the rock and not incur any damage!

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A local cemetery. All bodies must be buried in crypts due to occasional flooding.

That’s a Galapagos Cotton tree in front. Real cotton (at least it felt like real cotton).

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These turtles are easily confused. What we thought was some hot and heavy action between male and female turned out to be mistakenly male on male. This was further confused when a third male tried to horn in on the action.
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Our guide extraordinaire - Sandie Salazar. She not only was incredibly knowledgeable (masters in Marine Biology) but she also has a great sense of humour. We should have guessed that early when she compared some lava landscape to ... a scene from Mordor :)
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Swallowtail Gull (nocturnal gulls) Only come to Galapagos for breeding

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A frigate birds swallow tail.
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A male frigate bird. It takes a lot of energy to puff up for the girls! Apparently takes almost 4 hours to inflate to this level (and something similar to deflate).
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The four of us ... and a frigate bird doing some photo-bombing.
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A male frigate bird, before or after the action, deflated (unpuffed).
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This iguana probably died of thirst.
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This one didn’t.
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A different kind of frigate bird that was a scavenger.
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A blue footed booby - ranks right up there on the immature laughter scale with Titicaca.
This one’s nesting on its eggs.
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At last. A great shot of a pink flamingo!
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Another blue-footed boobie with a chick.
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These are named Sally Lightfoot crabs. Seriously! Apparently it reminded someone of a stripper. Go figure.
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Despite the boys staying out late every night, they were troopers. They got up on time and made it to each cruise - and grabbed 40 winks wherever they could 😆
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Bartolome Island, completely lava.
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Very cool lava rock.
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Adam and a feat of strength - hoisting a boulder in each hand.
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Here come a bunch of pix taken for no other reason than the great view.
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Stay tuned for additions to this one or for another Galapagos addendum story with some of our go pro pix and video, as well as some video from our Sony camera ...
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