Weekly Photo Challenge: My 2012 in Pictures

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Click on any picture to go to fullscreen.   I’m so grateful for this amazing year, and for everything I was able to experience. I’m grateful for all the people who have been a part of my life, for all … Continue reading

Top Animals to See in the Galapagos

I’ve been wanting to post something cool about the Galapagos, but since I’ve never been, I wouldn’t know what the hell I was writing about. Luckily I have an awesome guest to help me out with a post since they know a lot more about the Galapagos than I. ¡Disfrutalo!

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Charles Darwin arrived at the Islands in 1835 he admitted to being somewhat tormented by the thousands of iguanas lying around. On land and in the sea, the Galapagos Islands give the impression of a diabolic Garden of Eden. The islands’ tumultuous volcanic history of scorched earth and fiery flows are evident the moment you arrive. Inhospitable, Uninhabitable and Tortured are the adjectives inspired by the lava-sea-scape. If, however, one takes a closer look, Continue reading

Mariposa (II)

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A few months ago there was a butterfly migration through this area. Millions of butterflies, of 3 different species by my count, came floating through town for about 2-3 weeks. Some days they were so dense that is looked like it was lightly snowing flecks of color. My limited photography skills and camera capability meant that I was never able to get a good shot of them all together, but an afternoon spent chancing them around like a crazy person yielded at least one nice shot of a butterfly at rest.

Organic Jungle Farm: Pomarrosa

Our van pulled over by a dirt road leading into the bush near the little village of Río Chico. All ten of us hopped out and were met by a truck and Benito, the manager of the organic farm Pomarrosa. “The road from here is too bad to take by car,” he explains. After 20 minutes of bumps and ducking low branches, the truck pulled to a stop. “The rain flooded the river last week and it’s been running down the road ever since,” explained Benito. “We have to walk the rest of the way.” A quick hike later, the trees opened up and we had arrived at the little getaway in the jungle. A perfect introduction to the weekend.

Pomarrosa is run by Benito and his family. It’s a little organic farm in a rural area east of Salangos, just within the boundary of Machalilla National Park. The cabaña is three stories of caña. The ground floor with an ancient pool table, the second floor has the kitchen, dining area, and social area, and the open air top floor with loads of bunk beds and 2 lovely private rooms. Surrounded by all the trees, the air felt and smelled cooler and fresher than under the blazing sun on the coast. The place was an eruption of flowers and birds. After spending most of the morning running around like a crazy person trying to get pictures of the humming birds, I gave up and stuck to the flowers.

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