Glorious Galapagos

  • Hiking through sesuvium fields, North Seymour Island

    Hiking into Paradise, Camera in Hand

    Each island that makes up the Galapagos archipelago offers a stunning landscape, captured here by travel photographer Joanne DiBona. Topography ranges from tropical flora to austere lava formations to rocky paths covered with the brilliant sesuvium (carpet weed plant), endemic to the Galapagos. "With such vibrant colors and textures, the islands are a landscape photographer's dream," says DiBona.

    Photo courtesy of Joanne DiBona-Ecoventura Cruises

  • Blue-footed booby mating dance, San Cristobal island

    The Mating Game, Blue-Footed Boobie Style

    If you're lucky, you might have the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to photograph some of the Galapagos Island's famous birds, the blue-footed boobies, in the heat of a mating ritual. This all takes place just feet from your path. Females are attracted to the bluest of male booby feet, as that is the indicator of best health. The passionate dance between the male and female, accompanied by shrill whistles, is a sight to behold--and photograph.

    Photo courtesy of Joanne DiBona-Ecoventura Cruises

  • Giant tortoise after a mud bath, Santa Cruz Island

    Up Close and Personal with a Giant Tortoise

    In the tropical highlands of Santa Cruz island you can marvel at the giant tortoises in a totally natural setting. You have to keep your distance due to government regulations, but the thrill of seeing a giant tortoise emerge from his mud bath in a tropical pool and look you straight in the eye is an "over-the-top" travel experience. And definitely one you will want to capture on digital film!

    Photo courtesy of Joanne DiBona-Ecoventura Cruises

  • Land iguana, South Plaza Island

    Colorful Land Iguanas Pose for Visitors

    While colorful iguanas are found on most of the islands of the Galapagos archipelago, they are most active and visible on the island of South Plaza. The profusion of prickly pear cactus, which is a favorite food of this species, makes this island a perfect home for this docile lizard. Even without a zoom lens, visitors can approach these friendly creatures for a close up photo of this ancient species.

    Photo courtesy of Tony DiBona-Ecoventura Cruises

  • Male Frigate, North Seymour Island

    Male Frigate Struts His Stuff

    One of the more dramatic mating rituals you will see-and photograph- on the Galapagos Islands is performed by the male Great Frigatebird. During the courtship display, the male inflates a huge leathery pouch below his throat in his effort to invite the female to a nest, which he has already meticulously prepared for mating. He needs patience, though, as ten to twenty days of courtship are required before the female gives her consent!

    Photo courtesy of Tony DiBona-Ecoventura Cruises

  • Short-eared owl, North Seymour Island

    WHO is taking my photo?

    The elusive Galapagos short-eared owl is rarely seen on the islands, but if you are lucky to spot this species along your hiking path, you will have a perfect photo subject. These birds of prey, who feed on rats and land and sea birds, have no fear of man whatsoever.....or of a camera, either. This photogenic bird posed without a movement for the delighted visitors who had the good luck of coming across this photo opp!

    Photo courtesy of Joanne DiBona-Ecovetura Cruises

  • Sally Lightfoot crab

    Sally Lightfoot....What's in a name?

    You'll see this brightly-colored scavenger of the coast on every island on the Galapagos. How they got their name is still contested, but they certainly add their own colorful beauty to the rocks and shores along the islands. These delicate crabs walk on their tiptoes and have remarkable eyes and an extremely fast reaction time. Their vivid colors contrast well with the black lava rocks, making them favorite subjects for photography.

    Photo courtesy of Tony DiBona-Ecoventura Cruises

  • Marine iguanas, Santa Cruz Island

    Don't Trip Over the Iguanas!

    Seriously, if you are not watching your step, you can certainly trip over these docile Galapagos marine iguanas, since they spend their time luxuriating in the sun with no regard to the proximity of humans. They enjoy basking among the lava rocks and on hiking and foot paths. Perfect models, these creatures are definitely not camera shy!

    Photo courtesy of Joanne DiBona-Ecoventura Cruises

  • Baby sea lion, Gardner Bay, Espanola

    Sea Lions, Up Close and Personal

    The Galapagos sea lions are, frankly, everywhere. With no fear of humans, they can sprawl across your path and pose for your photo at a moment's notice. The Equadorian government does set a rule that you can be no closer than three feet to any of the species on the island, but even at that distance, you can take remarkable close ups of these sociable creatures.

    Photo courtesy of Joanne DiBona-Ecoventura Cruises

  • Sunset, South Plaza island

    Spectacular Sunsets Light Up the Galapagos Sky

    No matter where you are on the Galapagos Islands, the sunset will add a new dimension to the glorious experiences you encountered during the day. The Galapagos Islands are a world of wonder, and if you are lucky enough to be able to visit this magical archipelago, you will return home with memories--and photographs-- that will last a lifetime.

    Photo courtesy of Joanne DiBona-Ecoventura Cruises