Photography


Swimming iguana
In Galapagos, there is this anticipation…this air of expectant wonder, that around every corner awaits something magnificent…and it is waiting.  I have been to many parts of the …
Galapagos Sea Lion, acrylics, colored pencil, ink
Snorkel sightings! (Disclaimer:  Jaime and I would sit down with a Galapagos Marine Species book on board the ship and, from memory, identify what we saw.  While we tried to be accurate, …
Marine Iguana, colored pencil
Up early to pack and go to Santa Cruz island, to visit the Charles Darwin Center.  The bus stopped right by the mosaic garden, (click here for photos and art from this area) so we ducked in for …
Yellow-crowned Night Heron, pencil
Floreana had unique features.  There was a giant, gnarly mangrove tree that dominated the crescent shaped shoreline.  Erosion had made a secondary type of cliff, where a Blue footed …
Galapagos hawk, acrylics
Our new guide was Julian, and he was knowledgeable and friendly.  We were still in good hands!  Our group disembarked by a small lighthouse.  Walking the path was made even trickier …
Cerro Brujo.  This is what is left of a tuff cone.  (That is where the lava enters a very cold ocean, causing an explosion.  It creates a different shape.)  This is also one of …
Galapagos tortoise, pencil
Next stop: Punta Pitt, San Cristobal!We had a leisurely walk on a strangely colored, greenish beach, made so by olivine crystals in the sand.  Lava lizards abound.  We then turned …
Me and my sleepy friend!
Galapagos, October, 2015I cannot describe to you how fortunate I feel, to be invited to explore more of these mysterious islands.  And how strange and marvelous the circumstances!  To be …
Wildlife viewing on an Arctic tour While on one of our adventures, you can literally trip over the wildlife if you're not paying attention! However, we can all use a little advice on …
Photographer in disguise
Preparing to return to Antarctica for a fourth visit, Adventure Life traveler, Laurie Allread, explains a little about why Antarctica continues to beckon her return again ... and again. Laurie will …
Galapagos Flycatcher
I drew this little guy that I saw on Suarez Point, Espanola island. This was done on tinted paper with Prismacolor pencils. Hope you enjoy it!  For other artwork not Galapagos-related, …
I drew this Nasca Booby from Suarez Point, Espanola.  The males will choose a pebble or shell to present to the females as a gift...apparently this one wanted to be prepared. Prismacolor …
Vermilion Tanager, acrylic, marker and colored pencil
We had one full day in Quito, Ecuador.  We stayed at La Rabida Hostel, which doesn't mean the same thing as what you picture when you think 'hostel'!  We had our own …
Sea turtles, acrylics and colored pencil
We met a veterinarian studying in Galapagos--her current job is catching Short Earred Owls and collecting DNA samples to see if they vary from island to island.  She was planning on diving with …
acrylics and colored pencil, land iguana
The next few days we spent in Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz. It is a pretty quiet little town, with plenty of shops, restaurants, tour centers and dive places.  There are hostels, bed and …
Colored pencil drawing of Galapagos sea lion
On our final day of the cruise, we were up early for a visit to Mosquera Island.  It is small, with a beautiful beach.  The largest group of sea lions we encountered on the trip lazed on …
pencil sketches of the Darwin finches
Rabida is dominated by the color red.  Red beach, red paths, red rocks everywhere. We hiked up above the beach and had a nice view back down. Along the way, we got to see the Galapagos …
acrylics, flightless cormorant, single page
Tagus Bay on Isabela Island...known for its graffiti?  Apparently early boats, like 1830's, carved their names then others followed suit. I didn't see the old stuff...just …
Acrylics, colored pencil
   Elizabeth Bay was full of wildlife.  There is no landing place--we explored from the dingies.  The red mangroves are a great refuge for a variety of animals.  We …
acrylic painting of the marine iguana on Espanosa
Today was the first of two days visiting sites on Isabela Island.  We landed at the harbor for Puerto Villamil, the town on Isabela, and with all the rain, our bus was late.  So we explored …
Acrylics, penguin
Up early for more adventures!Bartolome island is an interesting place.  The rocks are fantastic--there are amazing lava formations everywhere. And, on the way in....we saw a Galapagos …
acrylics, colored pencil, frigate bird
Genovesa island made me feel like I was inserted in a National Geographic special.  First of all, we anchored inside the caldera, as Genovesa is the top of a volcano.  It really gave you a …
acrylics, Sally Lightfoot crab
Galapagos began to show off immediately.  As we were coming in for a landing, we spotted two yellow-orange land iguanas off the runway. Darwin finches and lava lizards dodged in and out …
acrylics, sea turtle babies, detail
Hello! My name is Staci, and I am an artist and photographer. My favorite subject to work with is wildlife, so the Galapagos Islands were an obvious dream destination for me!   I …