This is a picture you have to look closely at. It is the only photo I got with this famous Galápagos trifecta: blue-footed boobies, marine iguanas, and a Galápagos penguin all in the same shot. Our guides were very excited to point this out to us; it’s definitely a win for a phototourist in the Galápagos.
The booby is in the top center, iguanas in the mid center, and penguin in the bottom right.
Weekly Photo Challenge: Victory
This is Darwin Lake, a salt water lake that sits within a tuff cone on Isabela. It’s a pretty good hike from the Tagus Cove landing site, but the tranquil view was worth it. You can see our ship, the Coral I, and its sister ship Coral II anchored just off shore.
As you have surely guessed, the lake is named for Charles Darwin, who visited Tagus Cove in 1835.
Weekly Photo Challenge: Serenity
We saw these fascinating cliffs are we watched for penguins and seabirds. Isabela is a geological wonder; it’s one of the “youngest” islands in the Galapagos chain, and it still has 5 active volcanoes.
If you look closely, you can see tiny red Sally Lightfoot crabs dotting the rocks by the water.
Weekly Photo Challenge: Angular
Can you spot the bird? At Tagus Cove, we hiked up to see Darwin Lake, a saltwater lagoon in a tuff cone, named for the Galápagos Islands’ most famous visitor. This little bird is probably one of the famous finch species also colloquially named for Darwin.
If you’ve been reading my posts, you know the Galápagos are located along the equator. Yet they have their own endemic species of penguin!!
Galápagos penguins are the only species of penguin that may live in the Northern hemisphere. The Humboldt and Cromwell currents keep the waters around the islands cool and full of fish to allow the penguins to live in such a “tropical” location.