Weekly Photo Challenge: From Every Angle

From Genovesa and Fernandina.

I tried really hard to get a single shot that captured how cool these Sally Lightfoot crabs look, but I actually think you get a better impression when you see all the angles together.  These guys are everywhere on the islands, adding a splash of color to the sea-side rocks.

Weekly Photo Challenge: From Every Angle

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

Weekly Photo Challenge: Angular

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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

Weekly Photo Challenge: On the Move


Marine Iguana on the MoveFrom Santiago.

Marine iguanas go out in the midday to forage on exposed algae at low tide.  They scrape the algae from the rocks with their teeth.  They then return to raise their body temperature by basking in the sun.

Larger iguanas actually dive underwater to forage.  Their greater surface area-to-volume ratio allows them to lose body heat more slowly in the cold Galápagos waters.

Charles Darwin called them “disgusting, clumsy Lizards” and “imps of darkness,” but these reptiles are fascinating despite their rough appearance.