Galapagos Photo Expedition – Day 1

Sally Lightfoot crabs forage in the intertidal zone in the last light of the afternoon.  Bachas, Santa Cruz Island

Sally Lightfoot crabs forage in the intertidal zone in the last light of the afternoon. Bachas, Santa Cruz Island

This week I am working as part of the photo instructional team on a National Geographic/Lindblad Photo Expedition in the Galapagos Islands.  I am going to share one or more photos taken each day during the trip.

23 Feb 2013

On the very afternoon that the photo expedition participants reached the ship National Geographic Endeavor, we made our first landing at Bachas Beach on Santa Cruz Island and got an immediate introduction to the riches of Galapagos wildlife.  The black lava rock outcrops along the beach were crawling with the classic Galapagos species, the Sally Lightfoot crab with its amazing colors.  After a hike to a brackish lagoon to photograph a lone Greater Flamingo and some stilts, I worked the crabs in the late afternoon light.  My favorite shot of the day came when the sun popped out of the clouds just before sunset, and I got down low with a 400 mm.

 

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