Galapagos Islands

Baltra, where the airport is located, is my first island in the Galapagos.  Stepping out of the plane I could feel everyone’s excitement. The sun was sunnier, temperature higher, everything felt different and exciting. We’re in the Galapagos! When we arrived at the dock where our boat for the week awaits, right on cue, a sea lion was there to greet us. We developed a routine of exploring an island in the morning, followed by snorkeling, then exploring another island in the afternoon, followed by another snorkeling.  The animals are so used to humans, they just ignore us and go about their business. Sea lions and hammerhead sharks swim along with humans. Without threat from predators like in the wild, most animals seem almost oblivious to danger. Galapagos is their paradise. And it is beautiful. These photos don’t do it justice.

welcome sign

the welcome sea lion at the dock :-)

the welcome sea lion at the dock 🙂

orange crabs. They were practically in every island I visited.

orange crabs. They were practically in every island I visited.

Galapagos Iguana

Galapagos Iguana

island

egrets

egrets

Green footed booby

Green footed booby

a young green footed booby on the left (their feet don't have color until they're grown). To the right is an adult green footed booby.

a young green footed booby on the left (their feet don’t have color until they’re grown). To the right is an adult green footed booby.

Galapagos dove

Galapagos dove

Galapagos doves

Galapagos doves

booby and stop sign

young booby

young booby

Genovese Island is the bird capital in the Galapagos

Genovese Island is the bird capital in the Galapagos

Male Frigate Bird

Male Frigate Bird

Male and female frigates. To find a mate the male blows up his red sac, the bigger the sac, the more chance he will attract a female. (Size matters!)

Male and female frigates. To find a mate the male blows up his red sac, the bigger the sac, the more chance he will attract a female. (Size matters!)

one leg bird

sea lions

Red footed booby

Red footed booby

blue footed booby

blue footed booby

sea lion 2

yellow warbler

yellow warbler

Female Frigate with baby

Female Frigate with baby

a frigate bird chasing another bird. Frigates steal food from others.

a frigate bird chasing another bird. Frigates steal food from others.

Bartolome Island at dawn (I was up because I was sea sick all night)

Bartolome Island at dawn (I was up because I was sea sick all night)

rock iguana

Santiago Island formed by volcanic lava.

Santiago Island formed by volcanic lava.

female lizard (wearing lipstick)

female lizard (wearing lipstick)

lizard

bff :-)

bff 🙂

black iguana

black iguana

Iguana

Iguana

grasshopper

pelican and friend

pelican

Bahia Ballena Island

Bahia Ballena Island

a baby giant tortoise

a baby giant tortoise

island and boat

Darwin Finch

Darwin Finch

Darwin Finch

Darwin Finch

Rabida Island with red sand because of iron deposits.

Rabida Island with red sand because of iron deposits.

sea lion

Dolphins!!  It was our last day sailing and our captain came out screaming "dolphins!"  "dolphins!"  (in spanish of course)

Dolphins!! It was our last day sailing and our captain came out screaming “dolphins!” “dolphins!” (in spanish of course)

fishes

sea turtle

frigates on the boat

frigates on the boat

Giant tortoises

Giant tortoises

night shot