Galapagos Islands: More of My Favorite Photos

“More, more, more,” was my sister’s comment on my blog last week. While I am hoping my sister means that she wants me to travel more, more, more, I’m sure she really meant that she wanted to see more photos of the Galapagos Islands. Therefore, my sister, I’m dedicating this blog to you. Here are more, more, more photos… And more, more, more… Oh, and thank you my sis, for all your comments on my blogs, for all your encouragement and support over the years in regards to my travels, as well as in life! And one more… Sweet (and Continue Reading →

Galapagos Islands: My Favorite Photos

I was dreaming of the warm sun and island breezes the other day, as glimpses of springtime appeared. My thoughts brought me back three-and-a-half years ago when I traveled to the Galapagos Islands. A week on a boat, cruising from island to island, and while there is sand, water, and beaches in the Galapagos, it is really about the fascinating wildlife there – the birds, mammals, reptiles, and other animals that don’t fly away, crawl off, or scurry away when you walk near them. To relive some of those memories, I looked through my vast collection of photographs I took Continue Reading →

The Windows of Old Town Quito

At 9,200 feet above sea level, Quito, Ecuador is the second highest administrative capital city of the world (after La Paz, Bolivia). The central square of Quito is located about 16 miles south of the equator, and less that one mile from zero latitude, making this city pretty much “the middle of the world.” On my way to the Galapagos Islands a few years ago, I had the opportunity to spend time in this significant city. I even had a private tour guide take me around the Old Town of Quito on one of my days there. As we drove Continue Reading →

Waved Albatross in the Galapagos Islands: Lounging in the Grass in the Sun

Awww! Isn’t that the cutest baby bird you ever saw? Of course, I say that about lots of birds that I see – the Penguin and the Blue-Footed Booby, to name a few. But this cute baby was actually about a foot and a half tall, maybe even two feet – larger than many adult birds. This is a Waved Albatross chick. And I was thrilled to encounter him! He was standing just a few feet from a path that I, my fellow yacht passengers, and our guide were walking on in Espanola, one of the Galapagos Islands. You might Continue Reading →

Galapagos Penguins: Lounging on the Rocks in the Sun

Very soon, I will be doing a lot more birding, as I head off to the Galapagos Islands off the coast of Ecuador. Here I hope to see the Galapagos Penguins (the only penguin to live on the Equator), the Waved Albatross (the only albatross to live in the tropics), and many other birds, including the Blue-footed Booby (an apparently clumsy seabird found most notably in the Galapagos)! Well, I did it! I saw not only the three above-mentioned birds, but at least a dozen other species of birds while I was traveling in the Galapagos Islands. Success!! If you Continue Reading →