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Travel Articles: Wildlife
Galapagos Through the Eyes of an Artist, 2
Cataloging my second voyage to the Galapagos Islands, with art, photography, wildlife facts and travel tips!
Top 5 Wildlife Destinations
Our vast world is teeming with curious and diverse wildlife to be discovered. Take a look at our top five wildlife watching destinations.
This continent has long been recognized as the ultimate adventure frontier and a remarkable trip into the wild. An Africa tour allows the discovery of a wide variety of animals in their natural habitat. …
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!
I just returned from a weekend in Yellowstone National Park. Despite the bitter cold, my attention was captured by something mysterious and beautiful. Wolves. I was mesmerized. However, I was curious why the wolves were running playfully, nuzzling noses, and dancing around like excitable puppies. This is not the gracefully fierce wolf behavior I …
Whale Watching Season Upon Us
Breaching orca whale
Each year various whale species make their migration from the cold waters near Alaska to warmer conditions. Right now, we are in the midst of fantastic whale watching opportunities in different locations along the Pacific.
The whale watching season for gray whales is about to begin in Mexico! This species makes a round trip …
Brown bear fishing for salmon
Enter an untamed wilderness that allows opportunities to have up close experiences with the natural wonders of Alaska. Moose, caribou, brown & black bears, and bald eagles greet you as you explore by land. While cruising, keep an eye out for humpback whales, orcas, otters, and porpoises. Zodiac and kayak …
Galapagos Travel: Rules for Galapagos Visitors, a Good Time for a Good Reminder
Last month, the Galapagos National Park Service announced they are closing visitor access to two of the tortoise corrals at Santa Cruz's Fausto Llerena Tortoise center -- due to some irresponsible behaviors by, reportedly, both some select travelers and naturalist guides. Behaviors reported include littering and violating the park's rules …
Amazon Travel Video: Parrots at Yasuni Clay Lick
Adventure Life traveler, Julia, returns home from a trip to the Ecuadorian Amazon with this clip from the Yasuni Clay Lick. Located along with Napo River, this is one of the most accessible licks in the Amazon. Hundreds of parrots visit this lick each day. This is a very popular stop for guests of Sacha Lodge -- just short canoe trip from the …
Antarctica Travel Video: Leave the Pebbles for the Penguins
A little reminder in the principles of Leave No Trace is always a good idea. This short video from my last Antarctica trip provides just that. Although a tiny pebble might seem insignificant, they are incredibly coveted by Antarctica penguins -- penguins make their nests from small pebbles, that are not always easy to come by in the snowy, stark …
Adventure Life to the Rescue!
When a student group was notified that their international spring trip was cancelled by school administration for security concerns, they were crushed. With less than a month to find an alternative trip, the group leader decided to contactAdventure Life with hesitant hope. How likely was it to arrange tours, activities, accommodations, and …
Cool Kids Take the Antarctica Polar Plunge!
The polar plunge (or penguin plunge) has become a right of passage for many adventure travelers who take an Antarctica cruise. You can find plungers taking the leap from the ship's Zodiac platforms, off an isolated ice shelf or from Antarctica's rocky shoreline. Because of its volcanic activity, Deception Island is a …
Lonesome George the famous Galapagos tortoise dies
Lonesome George, the famous Pinta Island tortoise of the Galapagos, has died.
George was a beloved icon of the Galapagos Islands and his death comes as a shock to some. Scientists estimated his age at around 100 years which may seem old in human years but is actually middle-aged for giant tortoises who live to be 200 years. George was also the …
Galapagos Travel: After 40 Years, Giant Tortoises back on Pinta Island
In late May 2010, thirty-nine giant tortoises were released onto the Galapagos' Pinta Island. Called the "Pinta Project 2010", the release and monitoring of the tortoises is definitely a team effort that includes Ecuador's Ministry of Environment, the Galapagos Conservancy, Galapagos National Park, State University of New York, …
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 …
Which itinerary?? And other travel decisions
I wanted to give potential travelers my observations, having had the unique opportunity to go to the Galapagos at two different times of year, on two different boats, with two different itineraries. What would I pick, knowing what I know? Let me say right off the bat—if either of these trips had been my only trip, I would be THRILLED. I …
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 …
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!
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