Charles Darwin (born 2oo years ago, in 1809) visited the Galapagos Islands for a month in 1835. Although his Origin of Species mentions them only briefly, his work and thought are a major source of the islands’ legendary aura.
This page displays a very limited selection from hundreds of images captured on two week-long trips to the Galapagos in July 2006 and July 2008. Both tours were led by the leading bird photographer Arthur Morris, with a superb local guide, Juan Salcedo. Our boat was the 16-passenger Beluga, with a terrific crew. The images show the archipelago’s starkly volcanic geology, as well as key species. Among them are the ubiquitous sea lions, birds such as finches, mockingbirds, boobies, gulls, frigatebirds and albatrosses, and reptiles (iguanas, tortoises and sea turtles). The islands’ 13 species of so-called “Darwin’s finches” are particularly significant for the study of evolution.
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