Tag Archives: Isabela

Palo Santo (Bursera graveolens)

Out on sea the temperature is balmy, but on land it’s a different matter. Close to noon, it must have been close to 40 celsius here on the slopes down to the brine water of Darwin’s Lake – scorchingly hot, despite a partly cloudy sky. Without frequent rain, the water will quickly evaporate and thus […]

Galápagos bitterbush (Castela galapageia)

Aperture: ƒ/20 Camera: NIKON D700 Taken: 4 December, 2011 11:41 Focal length: 150mm ISO: 640 Shutter speed: 1/200 s

Darwin Lake

What a wonderful sight – a large body of fresh water. Not! It’s brine – much saltier than the ocean due to continuous evaporation. Imagine the disappointment for the first humans that found it. Aperture: ƒ/10 Camera: NIKON D700 Taken: 4 December, 2011 11:24 Focal length: 150mm ISO: 640 Shutter speed: 1/250 s

Galapagos Flycatcher (Myiarchus magnirostris)

It sounds like this: Aperture: ƒ/9 Camera: NIKON D3S ISO: 800

Galápagos bitterbush (Castela galapageia)

Aperture: ƒ/20 Camera: NIKON D700 Taken: 4 December, 2011 11:12 Focal length: 150mm ISO: 640 Shutter speed: 1/250 s

Galápagos bitterbush (Castela galapageia)

Aperture: ƒ/20 Camera: NIKON D700 Taken: 4 December, 2011 11:11 Focal length: 150mm ISO: 640 Shutter speed: 1/250 s

Galápagos Penguin (Spheniscus mendiculus)

Very strange to see penguins in the tropics! They were not abundant and I saw no real colonies, but like here on the west side of Isabela I saw some clusters of individuals. This one appears to be the parent of a near fully grown chick. They are on a ledge with sheer cliffs above […]

Brown Noddy (Anous stolidus galapagensis)

This is at the opening of a large cave pounded by the waves. It’s quite dark, and against the lava rock the Noddy is not so easy to see, and even more problematic to photograph as I’m sitting in a Zodiak on a choppy sea. It sounds like this: Aperture: ƒ/5 Camera: NIKON D3S ISO: […]

Blue-footed Booby (Sula nebouxii excisa)

This booby is resting on a sheer cliff right outside a big cave, where waves are constantly pounding the walls and the cave. It sounds like this: Aperture: ƒ/5 Camera: NIKON D3S ISO: 640

Isabela Island lava

Some lava flows resemble manure and others look like layer upon layer of sediments as seen here. All attributed to the type of eruption. The sun, rain and wind continuously remodel the landscape until the island is no more. Aperture: ƒ/7.1 Camera: NIKON D700 Taken: 4 December, 2011 09:58 Focal length: 150mm ISO: 640 Shutter […]