Galápagos 2009 - the islands
   
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Galápagos in a nutshell? The Beagle in the background

 

Arriving at the Charles Darwin Research Station in Puerto Ayora, Isla Santa Cruz

Daniel, our guide during the Galápagos trip

 

Galápagos cactus

The fish market in Puerto Ayora, Isla Santa Cruz

 

Puerto Ayora

Puerto Ayora street

 

GNPD research vessel Sierra Negra

Galápagos Tortoise

 

Marine Iguana

The Beagle, our home for the next week, in Puerto Ayora Harbor

 

My cabin in the Beagle

 

Arriving at Floreana

 

Welcome to Floreana - Puerto Velasco Ibarra

Forest with lichens, Floreana

 

Lush vegetation, Floreana

Second layer of vegetation on a branch, Floreana

 

Floreana bushwalk

Angel's Trumpet (Brugmansia versicolor), Floreana

 

 

Floreana fern

Floreana transport

 

Punta Cormorant, Floreana dry hills

Punta Cormorant, Floreana sunset

 

Flamingo, Punta Cormorant, Floreana Island

Tourists on Española Island

 

On Española Island with the locals

Suárez Point, Española Island

 

Sally Lightfoot Crab

Waved Albatross, Suárez Point, Española Island

 

Waved Albatross chick, Española Island

Red-billed Tropicbird, Suárez Point, Española Island

 

Suárez Point, Española Island

The Beagle, Gardner Bay (Bahia Gardner), Española Island

 

Gardner Bay with Gapápagos Sea Lions, Española Island. Excellent snorkeling location, saw rays and many species of fish

The Beagle, coming back from shore

 

The Beagle, setting sail

Relaxing after dinner on The Beagle

 

The bridge on The Beagle

Frigate birds above the boat

 

Punta Pitt, San Cristobal Island

Punta Pitt, San Cristobal Island

 

At Punta Pitt on San Cristobal Island. 12 tourists from Europe/North America in November 2009

Punta Pitt vegetation, San Cristobal Island

 

Punta Pitt vegetation, San Cristobal Island

Leon Dormido, aka Kicker Rock

 

Red-footed Booby, San Cristobal Island

Sea lions, Los Lobos Island. Here we had a fantastic swim with sea lions

 

A Sea Lion puppy, Los Lobos Island

Santa Fe Island

 

Land Iguana, Santa Fe Island

A giant Prickly Pear Cactus (Opuntia spp.) tree on Santa Fe Island

 

South Plaza Island

South Plaza Island

 

South Plaza Island

     

The red plant is Galapagos Carpet Weed (Sesuvium edmondstonei). South Plaza Island

 

Immature Magnificent Frigatebird, North Seymour Island

Blue-footed Booby, North Seymour Island

 

North Seymour Island

Frigatebird colony, North Seymour Island

 

Panga transport to shore. It was either a dry or wet landing. North Seymour Island

Male Magnificent Frigatebird, North Seymour Island

 

Swallow-tailed Gull, North Seymour Island

Pinnacle Rock, Bartolomé Island

 

Pinnacle Rock, Bartolomé Island

Galápagos Penguin

 

Galápagos Hawk

Bartolomé Island

 

Bartolomé Island

Vulcanic landscape, Bartolomé Island

 

Lava cactus (Brachycereus nesioticus) at Bartolomé Island. This cactus species is endemic to the Galápagos

Dry landscape, Bartolomé Island

 

Sunset, Bartolomé Island

Chinese Hat Island (Sombrero Chino)

 

Sombrero Chino Island. Was simultaneously snorkling with white-tipped reefshark, penguin and marine iguana eating underwater here

Sombrero Chino Island

 

Galápagos Penguin, Sombrero Chino Island

Galapagos Carpet Weed (Sesuvium edmondstonei)

 

Shoreline Sea-Purslane (Sesuvium portulacastrum), Sombrero Chino Island

Sombrero Chino Island

 

Barren lava, Sombrero Chino Island

Lava Lizard, Sombrero Chino Island

 

Marine Iguana, Sombrero Chino Island

Sombrero Chino Island

 

Sombrero Chino Island

A lot of time was spent sailing between the islands

 

Lava and cactus, Dragon Hill (Cerro Dragon), Santa Cruz Island

Dragon Hill, Santa Cruz Island

 

Dragon Hill, Santa Cruz Island

Candelabra Cactus (Jasminocereus thouarsii), endemic to the Galápagos. Dragon Hill, Santa Cruz Island

 

Dragon Hill, Santa Cruz Island

Giant Prickly Pear (Opuntia sp.) cactus and Palo Santo trees (Bursera graveolens). Dragon Hill, Santa Cruz Island

 

Santa Cruz Island landscape, with Palo Santo trees and the occatioanl cactus

Blue-footed Booby. Black Turtle Cove (Caleta Tortuga Negra), Santa Cruz Island

 

Blue-footed Booby fishing frency. Black Turtle Cove (Caleta Tortuga Negra), Santa Cruz Island

Green Turtle, Black Turtle Cove, Santa Cruz Island

 

Green Turtle mating, Red Mangrove, Santa Cruz Island

Red Mangrove, Santa Cruz Island

 

Black Turtle Cove, Santa Cruz Island

Lava Gull, Baltra Island

 

Hey, the seats are taken! Baltra Island

It is served. Excellent service on board the Beagle!

 

The Beagle crew the last night