The geographical isolation of the Galapagos afforded all of the island
life an environment that for the most part was void of competition for
food resources. Most of these species have no natural predators. No human beings inhabited the Galapagos until the 19th century. As a result these
animals have lived here for centuries without the element of fear. You can walk right
up to them, if they havenít already walked up to you first.
no more concerned or bothered by your presence then the family dog
lying on the carpet. Its genetic innocence. I was expecting and prepared for that contact.
I was expecting and prepared to see
odd creatures such as the giant tortoises and the blue-footed boobies.
What I didnít expect was
the sheer quantity of life. In was not unusual to look into the sky and see
a few dozen Great Frigate soaring on the thermals. It was not unusual
to glance about and in your line of sight see a sea lion, an Iguana,
sea birds, land birds and sally light foot crabs all sharing the same
territory. Where there was life there was a lot of life. It was
omnipresent and in total harmony.
These simple photos will not
adequately convey the feeling such a powerful place invokes. I only
hope they give you a tantalizing taste of some of the wonderful sights
the islands were kind enough to bestow upon us. Perhaps providing the
inspiration for you to make the make this incredible journey as well.