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Galapagos--truly enchanted islands!

Discussion in 'Wanderlust and Travel' started by jczinn, Aug 8, 2009.

  1. I haven't posted here in a long, long time due to various issues (health, job, blah blah) in the past year...but some old Cafe friends have encouraged me to post again. I hope some of you still remember me and that others may get to know me :smile: I see a lot of names I don't recognize!

    Anyway, enough preamble---I recently returned from a trip to the Galapagos islands and--well, let's just say I have 4700 photos to wade through, although I've already pared it down some. I guess I should post birds and other wildlife in their respective forums (a bit confused about that? :confused: ) so to start I'll just post some scenics here.

    We went on a week-long cruise on a small 32-passenger ship, the Evolution, which I can't recommend highly enough--it was fabulous, and I hate cruising (although I think I could get to like it on a small ship!)

    All shot with the D300, 24-70 2.8 except for #1 which was shot with the 200-400VR

    Our very first day we visited Kicker Rock--a volcanic formation offshore of San Cristobal island. Taken from the beach at Cerro Brujo, San Cristobal Island--gives you a bit of scale!

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    Kicker Rock taken from a wildly bouncing panga (zodiac boat)!

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    Kicker Rock from our cruise ship as we circumnavigated at sunset

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    Bartolome Island is uninhabited and part of the National Park; quite barren and other-wordly. But beautiful. As you can see from this cinder cone, like all the Galapagos islands, its volcanic in origin.
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    On Bartolome there is a long hike up many many wooden steps to this very famous and overly-photographed viewpoint. We went just before sunset as we were heading down for a panga ride to view penguins before it got too dark.
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    As we finished up the day, riding the bouncing panga back to the ship, this Booby posed for me.

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    I'll post more later in the Birds, and Animals areas (Waved Albatross, Blue-footed Boobies, Darwin's finches, Iguanas and Tortoises, and lots of Sea Lions)...so stay tuned!

    Thanks for looking and I'd be glad to answer any questions about the Galapagos. I am already eager to go back, its truly a unique place and a nature photographer's paradise for sure.
  2. Beautiful! What more can I say?
  3. Absolutely gorgeous shots of a very unique place. I hope to get there someday.

    Thanks for sharing these!

  4. Hi Janet,

    Welcome back!!

    Great to see some photos of Galapagos. We remember all those steps that you climbed on Bartolome.

    We will be watching for more of your posts,
    Bob & Nan
  5. Wonderful scenics, Janet! Thanks for sharing.
  6. Welcome back, Janet; glad to see you posting again. You were missed.

    You've got some beautiful images of the Galapagos there. Since that place is on our short list for a future trip, it is very good to see something other than the animals. However, I'll look forward to them too!
  7. tom500


    Oct 24, 2008
    Grand Rapids
    those are awesome shots. I like the third one best. It has stunning light.

    4700 pix in one week? wow, thats like one pic every 3 seconds.
  8. jpfigueiredo


    Oct 3, 2008
    Wow, these are really beautiful.
    Definitely looking forward to the rest. :smile:
  9. Janet,

    Welcome back!!! :smile: Your photos are lovely (per usual) and as I'm headed there in November, a special treat for sure! Will look for your other posts, thank you for posting this!
  10. Wao....!!!
  11. Thanks so much everyone!

    haha that's what happens when you shoot on Continuous High. I usually don't, just for that reason, but here I didn't want to miss anything! Believe me many of those are going in the trash, but the worst is sorting through the ones that are identical. I'm going back to Continuous Low next time :Wink:

    That's great that you are going there? What ship will you be on? If you need any tips, feel free to ask. The most important thing--bring a waterproof backpack for your gear to carry in the pangas. I saw many folks get their stuff ruined--one woman's camera got splashed and died and it was in her non-waterproof backpack.

    I put up the first of the bird batch (Waved Albatross) here:

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  12. Fantastic photos!

    Nicely done.
  13. Hey there stranger you have been missed glad to see your post and wow what a trip it must have been. Whatever reason have kept you from posting I hope they are behind you now.Oh yea great shots as usual
  14. Vienna Pics

    Vienna Pics

    Nov 14, 2005
    Wonderful shots janet! Makes me want to go out and book a trip this afternoon!
  15. JusPlainCrayzee

    JusPlainCrayzee Administrator Administrator

    Nice to meet you, Janet, and your photos are stunning!!! #1 and #6 are my absolute favorites!

    Going to check out the bird batch now...
  16. dusseldorf


    Mar 11, 2008
    CT, USA
    Wow - Love the pictures
  17. Rosa Chinensis

    Rosa Chinensis

    Aug 25, 2007
    Mesmerizing! Thanks for sharing!

  18. Great photography, Janet. Glad you remembered us -- we had not forgotten you.:smile:
  19. Spectacular Views

    Hi Janet,
    Great stuff. I hope that you enjoyed your trip. Keep the pictures coming.:smile:
  20. Thanks for taking me to a virtual trip to a special place in the world that I will probably never see myself.
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