sign to one of the hikes one can take on Porta Ayora, Santa Cruz Island (we didn't take this hike but Blaise may have!
water taxis are more common than land taxis!
kids going to school via water taxi
disembarking at the dock taking us to Jacqueline De Roys home.
funny business signs
walkways to a home
we enter Jacqueline De Roys "driveway" or walkway.
"Last one through, close the gate!"
its a great walkway!
she even has a lawn!
its an open-air home with plants everywhere!
Feeding the finches on the patio
I was fortunate as well!
a great example of a Cactus Finch! super long beak.
Duncan looks bereft!
(and aren't those crackers in your hair?)
a wonderful old table!
finally! and yes, those were cracker crumbs in his hair!
Jacqueline had SUCH wonderful plants in her yard!
a lovely water lily from her water garden
great old net floaters
breakfast is now fully attended!
great rock shaped like a mini volcano
an interesting wasp came in for a drink
It was such an honor to meet this woman!
happy with a grain of rice
i love this float!
there were MANY things to look at i this house.........this woman has traveled far and wide!
Ms De Roy makes and sells her own jewelry designs
a wonderful wandering vine........
these are some great seeds (black and red) that she also makes jewelry out of.
One of the many photo books her daughter, Tui, had a lot to do with!
a post n the house with feathers
some of the shells from around the world that Jacqueline and her now deceased husband were credited in finding and classifying for the first time!
a HUGE seed pod from one of the trees in the yard.
Blaise saying his goodbyes!
Last wave from our wonderful host!
our late morning itinerary (shopping in Porta Ayora!)
the fish market in Porta Ayora
the herons hanging about, hoping for a freshly cut up fish handout!
and the pelicans, hoping for the same thing.
the grocery and hardware store at the main dock area of town.
our lunch spot
(there are a LOT of cevicheria around. Lots of fresh seafood makes this possible.)
AHHHHH! Dean gets an icy cold margarita!
first sip is a serious one!
Dan follows Deans lead!
a wonderful potted cactus next to our table (and good spot to store our freshly washed laundry!)
YAY! our ceviche arrives!
I opted for fish and shrimp ceviche!
served with fried plantain chips and fresh salsa caliente.......it was wonderful!
(despite the icky land-sickness I felt that day!)
a cool albatross sculpture that day!
our afternoon schedule once we motored the short distance to Santa Fe Island
we had a land visit AFTER our snorkel but photos are out of order!
Dan cleans and dries his feet after our wet landing
there was a baby under one of those Pelicans! But she hid it too fast for us to get more than a glimpse!
Dunc always had his glasses handy!
a bit of a rocky path; challenging for all of us!
awoke just in time for us to be able to see it nursing........sweet!
beautiful thorny bush
this was a BIG Land Iguana!
Kathy one of the first photographed between the "photo frame palms"!
Our wonderful guides/naturalists Eli and Etienne.
and their other side!
Jo and Dean take their turn!
the yacht "singles" taking their turn!
this guy was in the path.......
looked bigger in the previous photos! still a nice sized Iguana though!
they do have fat bellies!
such large neck spines!
a beautiful view of the bay where our yacht awaits us!
a nice fat Lava Lizard
Eli resting on a tree loaded with air ferns, or epiphytes.......
getting closer to the end of our walk!
beautiful epiphytes and other lichen-type organisms.
a vertebrae from a creature, most likely a Sea Lion
a Galapagos Mockingbird
BEAUTIFUL sky nearing sunset
the beach we waited on was loaded with Sea Lions napping
our yacht amongst others
and yes, sometimes they lie on top of eachother.......silly!
what we learned about at the nightly briefing.....
cool shot of pelican on the rocks
all A-OK with Duncan!
Sea Cucumber with poop!
a cool gastropod
a beautiful pencil urchin test
green urchin with rock
beautiful pencil urchin
a pretty empty snail shell
Island Major Damselfish
close-up of tube worms and corals.....
only sighting of a dead sand dollar on the bottom
cute pretty pufferfish- Bullseye Puffer
Sea Lions again!
they come in fast!
and upside down!
either a Needlefish or a Reef Cornetfish
Dan pretending to be a Sea Lion!