Weekly Photo Challenge: Connected

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From La Selva Ecolodge, Ecuador.

La Selva occupies an interesting place between civilization and jungle; the two are inextricably connected here, like vines on a hut.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Connected

Weekly Photo Challenge: Half and Half

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From La Selva Ecolodge, Ecuador.

The butterfly house at La Selva was beautiful.  They house many different native species through their whole life cycle.  These four are clustered on a sponge feeder; butterflies drink all their food, mostly nectar.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Half and Half

Weekly Photo Challenge: Enveloped

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From La Selva Ecolodge, Ecuador.

Caterpillars have wrapped themselves in cocoons, to emerge later as butterflies.  The butterfly house at La Selva had many different species, and here are a selection of the diverse cocoons they make.  My husband says the ones on the bottom left look like Pokemon (he actually said Kakuna, but I’m thinking Metapod).

Weekly Photo Challenge: Enveloped

Weekly Photo Challenge: Blur

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From Santa Cruz.

We briefly explored these giant lava tubes on Santa Cruz island; they formed long ago when surface lava cooled and hardened, but the hot lava in the center still flowed, leaving big cave-like tunnels.  It’s a fascinating part of the islands’ geological history.  It was dark down in the tube, so all my pictures are terrible, but I thought this one had a cool composition, looking up and out of the cave.

I want to share this butterfly photo from La Selva Ecolodge in Ecuador, because it was the one my husband picked for this challenge ❤

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Blur

Weekly Photo Challenge: Orange

From mainland Ecuador and the Galápagos islands.

Ecuador is such a colorful place!  Clockwise from top left:

  • Sally Lightfoot crabs are a common sight on the seaside rocks of the Galápagos islands.
  • I found many flowers in the highlands around Quito.
  • The minerals in the volcanic rocks of Bartolomé give them this cool (or should I say warm?) color.
  • Close-up in the butterfly house at La Selva lodge in the lowland rainforest.
  • I spotted these hoatzins from my cabin at La Selva; playing Amazon Trail as a kid truly prepared me for life as a biologist! 🙂

Weekly Photo Challenge: Orange