THE GALAPAGOS ISLANDS: A SPIRITUAL JOURNEY – Chapter 3 (Day 3, Sunday)

On the west coast of Isabela Island, we encountered tortoises and land iguanas at Urbina Bay and later in the day, hiked through a "ghost forest" above Tagus Cove.

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Urbina Bay just after sunrise

 

Remains of a pelican on the beach

 

More from the beach

 

Follow the tracks ...

 

 

 

Friendly welcome ...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Land iguanas

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tortoise romance ...

 

The Golondrina in Urbina Bay

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Snorkeling

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ghost forest

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sailing east from Isabela at day's end

 

 

 

 

 

 

For more about my book, The Galapagos Islands: A Spiritual Journey, click here: https://fortresspress.com/thegalapagosislandsaspiritualjourney

For UK readers, the title is God Unbound: Theology in the Wild - available here: https://www.amazon.com/dp/1786222019

 

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THE GALAPAGOS ISLANDS: A SPIRITUAL JOURNEY – Chapter 7 (Day 7, Thursday)

We motored through the night, waking up at Rabida Island, where we walked the beach and then took our longest snorkeling trip. Then we went to the northwest coast of Santa Cruz Island for a walk on Dragon Hill and learned the story of the near extinction and successful recovery of the land iguanas from which the hill derives its name.

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The red cliffs and sands of Rabida ...

 

 

 

After a morning of hiking and snorkeling and walking along the red beach of Rabida, we motored over to Dragon Hill on Santa Cruz Island.

Dragon Hill from the sea ...

We walked along the beach below Dragon Hill -these are sea urchin spines.

 

 

 

 

When we left the beach, we saw a marine iguana beside the trail, lounging in a succulent plant.

Across the trail, among the tree cactus, a land iguana was eating a cactus fruit.

This is what it was eating.

Farther up the trail, a pair of land iguanas were on a date.

We were climbing the hill slowly ... through different vegetation zones, from green to gray.

 

Land iguana burrows.

Looking down on the Golondrina.

 

Climbing back down to the beach ...

Plastic even makes it here.

Our last night ... a chance to thank the crew, our final dinner conversations, sharing pictures and contact information.

 

 

 

 

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THE GALAPAGOS ISLANDS: A SPIRITUAL JOURNEY – Chapter 5 (Day 5, Tuesday)

We awoke at Puerto Ayora on the south coast of Santa Cruz, and spent an unforgettable morning at Charles Darwin Research Center, followed by an afternoon in the highlands at an eco-tourism ranch full of tortoises and other wildlife.

 

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An accidental metaphor ...

The fish market in Puerto Ayora - complete with pelicans and sea lions.

 

Scenes from the Charles Darwin Research Station:

 

In memory of Lonesome George ...

Averting extinction

Signs and displays and baby tortoise cribs ...

Scenes from Puerto Ayora

Why did the tortoise cross the road?

Visiting Rancho El Manzanillo

Notice the Darwin's finch riding on his back ...

Scenes from Puerto Ayora

A pelican from both sides now ...

Urban sea turtle at downtown dock ...

After dinner ... my computer repaired ... ahhh.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For more about my book, The Galapagos Islands: A Spiritual Journey, click here: https://fortresspress.com/thegalapagosislandsaspiritualjourney

For UK readers, the title is God Unbound: Theology in the Wild - available here: https://www.amazon.com/dp/1786222019

 

You'll find my photographs for each day here:

DAY 1: brianmclaren.net/galapagos1

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DAY 3: brianmclaren.net/galapagos3

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THE GALAPAGOS ISLANDS: A SPIRITUAL JOURNEY – CHAPTER 10. Ichtheology

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A black tip shark and spotted eagle ray from our last day in the Galapagos Islands ...

Cutthroat trout fro Wyoming ...

Trout live in the best neighborhoods ...

Redfish from Florida, where I live ...

Juvenile tarpon in the Everglades

Fishing buddies at Ring Lake Ranch, WY

 

 

For more about my book, The Galapagos Islands: A Spiritual Journey, click here: https://fortresspress.com/thegalapagosislandsaspiritualjourney

For UK readers, the title is God Unbound: Theology in the Wild – available here: https://www.amazon.com/dp/1786222019

 

You’ll find my photographs for each day here:

DAY 1: brianmclaren.net/galapagos1

DAY 2: brianmclaren.net/galapagos2

DAY 3: brianmclaren.net/galapagos3

DAY 4: brianmclaren.net/galapagos4

DAY 5: brianmclaren.net/galapagos5

DAY 6: brianmclaren.net/galapagos6

DAY 7: brianmclaren.net/galapagos7

DAY 8: brianmclaren.net/galapagos8

 

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THE GALAPAGOS ISLANDS: A SPIRITUAL JOURNEY – Chapter 6 (Day 6, Wednesday)

We awoke on the south coast of Isabela and spent the morning snorkeling in a beautiful mangrove-lined bay. Then we visited the Arnaldo Tupiza Breeding Center where several rare tortoise varieties are being preserved. We ended the day enjoying the charming town of Puerto Villamil.

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Morning near Puerto Villamil.

This is my bench, thank you very much ...

 

 

White lichen ... black lava rocks.

Lava gull scavenging sea lion vomit, yellow warbler as a sea bird ...

 

Marine iguana studies ...

Transport inland ... an evolutionary transitional species between a tractor and a bus.

Flamingos ...

Tortoise breeding center

Tortoises rescued from volcanic eruption

 

Tortoise cribs

 

Chillin' in the pool

Stilt AKA Italian gentleman

Not a sign you see everywhere ...

The Catholic church in Puerto Villamil ...

 

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