Tag archives for Galapagos Trip

I am not David Doubilet. We are Facebook friends though, which is how I messaged him from my cabin aboard the National Geographic Endeavour begging for some tips on taking photos underwater. Taking a (good) camera underwater is a first for me and I was eager to experiment in this watery nature reserve. Many of…

The best travel drops us right next to the locals– –and in the Galápagos, the locals are mostly tortoises–GIANT tortoises. How giant are they? Almost 900 pounds when fully grown, but even the medium-sized tortoises move around like cumbersome coffee tables with pudgy, scaly legs. Though I’ve seen giant tortoises in zoos and other islands…

Darwin didn’t have a camera, but he would have made a superb photographer.  His sketches and lengthy descriptions of animals in the Galápagos reveal a traveler who observed everything with curiosity and recorded in colorful detail. We should all learn from him. To this day, I am more of a traveler with a camera than…

Being a “Digital Nomad” means that my office changes constantly. Some days I’m uploading from a hotel in China, at other times I work straight from my backpack up on the highest mountains. Wherever it is, though, I can always count on something thrilling happening right beyond my desk. For this past week in the…

When Darwin camped in Galápagos back in 1835, the young British traveler found it difficult to pitch a tent given the incredible number of iguanas and their burrows. Nowadays, there are fewer lizards crawling around the islands, but there are still colonies where the lava rock is literally blanketed in iguanas. Climbing so closely to…

Magnificent

Galápagos is a strange and wonderful world that becomes stranger to me by the hour. The penguins swim in tropical waters, some of the birds have bright blue feet, and others can’t even fly. Even more bizarre is that some of the seabirds don’t even swim. The frigatebird is such a bird—large, magnificent and with…

Wet Landing

Like witches, cameras fear water. I know this because I have killed several (three?) very expensive cameras by taking them to the far ends of the Earth and then using them in a light drizzle. There were no survivors. Aware of my own less-than-fatherly track record, I took special precautions with my new Nikon D600.…

My New Camera

Ladies and Gentlemen, for this next assignment, I will be breaking all of my own rules. Those of you who follow my travels regularly know that I a man of habit. For example, 1) I never divulge my destination or travel plans ahead of time, 2) I always work alone, and 3) I typically travel…