Taking a walk on the wild side in Galapagos

It can be easy to get jaded in our see-it-all, do-it-all, have-it-all world. The Galapagos Islands are a reminder of what life once was, what life in some places still is, and what always should be—wild.

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    On the island called Chinese Hat because of its interesting shape, this baby sea lion sought shade under a pile of brush by the sea.
    Jamie Abbott and Jenny Block
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    These Blue Footed Boobies were taking part in their ritual dance that includes whistling and foot tapping to get the attention of a potential suitor.
    Jamie Abbott and Jenny Block
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    This Galapagos Hawk stood sentry on this pole on Chinese Hat perhaps with an eye on his next meal.
    Jamie Abbott and Jenny Block
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    At the El Chato Tortoise Reserve on Santa Cruz Island, this giant tortoise enjoys an afternoon snack.
    Jamie Abbott and Jenny Block
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    The giant tortoise has plenty of room to graze at the El Chato Tortoise Reserve on Santa Cruz Island.
    Jamie Abbott and Jenny Block
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    The beautiful Kicker Rock is often full of birds, including frigates and boobies.
    Jamie Abbott and Jenny Block
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    This land iguana appears to be surveying his kingdom although he is more likely resting before his next hunt for food.
    Jamie Abbott and Jenny Block
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    This land iguana boasts the beautiful colors that are one of several differentiations between the land iguana from the marina iguana.
    Jamie Abbott and Jenny Block
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    South Padre Island is full of land iguanas which can be found eating, sunning, and running across the rocks throughout the island.
    Abbott and Jenny Block
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    This land iguana is ready to heading for a nearby cactus from which he hopes to pick a ripe and waiting fruit.
    Jamie Abbott and Jenny Block
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    This land iguana is an excellent example of the red coloring that this species often boasts.
    Jamie Abbott and Jenny Block
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    This land iguana has no cares in the world as he suns himself on Galapagos’ giant rocks.
    Jamie Abbott and Jenny Block
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    The black “mask” of the Nazca Boobie makes it easy to spot.
    Jamie Abbott and Jenny Block
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    The beautifully colored Sally Lightfoot Crabs can be found throughout the Galapagos Islands.
    Jamie Abbott and Jenny Block
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    If sea lions are not sunning, playing, or eating, you will often find them cratching much like man’s best friend.
    Jamie Abbott and Jenny Block
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    This Sea Lion on Chinese Hat was as interested in watching Galapagos’ visitors as they were in watching him.
    Jamie Abbott and Jenny Block
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    The sea lions of Galapagos love to play in the surf by themselves, with sea lion friends, and even with visiting guests.
    Jamie Abbott and Jenny Block
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    These Blue Footed Boobies are mid-dance and whistle as they seek to find a proper mate.
    Jamie Abbott and Jenny Block
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    Whether you snorkel or dive in the Galapagos, you will likely find yourself sharing the waters with gorgeous sea turtles.
    Jamie Abbott and Jenny Block
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    The turtles of Galapagos often swim close to the surface, peaking out for a quick breath.
    Jamie Abbott and Jenny Block
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    This Yellow Crowned Night Heron walks along the shore unbothered by visiting human guests.
    Jamie Abbott and Jenny Block
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    This baby sea lion was waiting patiently for his mother on South Plaza Island while she was out fishing for food.
    Jamie Abbott and Jenny Block
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