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Two weeks covering a lot of ground from the historical dry zone of Ayutthaya, to the Northern hill country of Chiang Mai, and south to the beaches of Phuket and Phang Nga Bay. An amazing whirlwind tour leaving this traveler wanting more spicy foods!
Galapagos Through the Eyes of an Artist, 2
Cataloging my second voyage to the Galapagos Islands, with art, photography, wildlife facts and travel tips!
Galapagos Through the Eyes of an Artist
Galapagos: a playground for artists, photographers and people who just love wildlife! (Like me!) Explore with me...See the paintings I create inspired by this unique environment...Get good travel tips for the islands!
Cool Art - Brazilian Carnival
I received this update from one of the coolest shopping sites on the Web - www.Novica.com. Novica features indigenous art from around the world and in honor of Carnival in Brazil today, they're featuring discounts from the artist below. We also have a new tour that includes a few days in Rio, as well as days in Santiago and Buenos Aires - …
Final thoughts, photographs, and art
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 world and seen many amazing natural wonders. But here…it is almost like Mother Nature is enjoying showing off just as much as we are enjoying the view. …
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, there may be some that are mis-remembered! We did the best we could!) 20-25% of the fish here are endemic, meaning they are ONLY here. There are over 500 species of …
Charles Darwin Center, Santa Cruz
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 two minutes. Then we looked in on the different land tortoises.
One memorable moment was when two female saddlebacks squared off, heads stretched to their …
Cormorant Point and Post Office Bay, Floreana
Floreanahad 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 booby and giant chick sat together and groomed. This beach had the green sand caused by the olivine crystals, while a beach on the other side of the island got different …
Suarez Point and Gardner Bay, Espanola
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 because mother sea lions and their cubs saw no reason to give us passage. Not that we minded much. But our guide never wanted to put us or the animals in a situation …
Cerro Brujo and Kicker Rock
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 the first sites visited by Charles Darwin. The sun came out for our visit here, which was welcome. We rode the dinghies along the cliff face, giving us only an indication to …
Punta Pitt and Tortoise National Reserve, San Cristobal
Next stop: Punta Pitt, San Cristobal!
We had a leisurely walkon a strangely colored, greenish beach, made so by olivine crystals in the sand. Lava lizards abound. We then turned inland and hiked up a dry river run that flows freely in El Niño rains—they have to take travelers elsewhere during those years. It must be gorgeous to see it …
And she's back!
Galapagos, October, 2015
I 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 speaking to you again along these lines is truly a gift—a gift given all because I won a contest! Readers voted for me to win Adventure Life’s Blog …
Million Toy Musuem of Ayutthaya
Nestled on a shady side road in the city of Ayutthaya, in a blue and white house is the Million Toy Museum. The museum was inspired by children's book author/illustrator and professor, Krirk Yoonpun. As a boy living in the Thai countryside he mostly played with natural items as toys. As he grew up he became more and more fascinated with toys …
I wanted to share with you what the outside of the journal ended up like!
If you would like to see the process of creating this journal, or any other art, mosaics and photographs I post, check out my blog, Collidescopes.
New Pencil Drawing, 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, check out my blog, Collidescopes!
New Pencil Drawing
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 pencil on tinted paper
Hope you like it!
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 roomand a private bathroom. La Rabida doesn't have a great street presence, but nothing really does down the side streets of Quito. Lovely inside. Many of the rooms …
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 Academy Bay Scubain two days, and offered us her spot so that my husband and I could go instead.So nice of her! We had to dive then, because our trip was …
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 the sand or in the vegetation. The lighting was gorgeous--the benefit of the early embarkment. Sometimes photography was more difficult in the harsh, mid-day sun, …
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 dove. It's a pretty bird, with iridescent purple along the side of its neck.
More Darwin finch sightings, and it is today's artist inspiration.
I found …
Isabela Island--Tagus Cove and Fernandina Island--Espinosa Point
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 whitepaint on dark rocks. I have to say, having been surrounded by such scenes of nature and beauty and wildlife, with so little human interaction beyond my own boat...it …
Isabela Island- Puerto Villamil, the Tortoise Breeding center, and Sierra Negra Volcano
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 the area, walking the trails and the beach.
A sea lion slept next to the trail. I could hear her inhale and exhale. It's so cute the way they tuck their …
Bartolome Island, Santiago Island
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 penguin!!!That wasan artist's inspiration, for sure!
Long ago, a group of penguins followed the cold Humboldt current up from Antarctica and settled here. They …
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 strong impression of the origins of these islands. This is a giant cove.
In Darwin Bay, I was greeted on the beach by the strange,hollow-tube soundingwhistle of …
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