|Amy composing a shot|
|Sea Lion Carcass Decaying|
Welcome to the Marine Iguana show, again another morning to catch a glimpse of the “golden hour” to take advantage of some of the best light of the day. Oh, I was happy to do so at that time. I found myself getting a new name for the National Geographic Photographer Amy Toensing who is on board for two weeks with her husband Matt Moyer who is also a National Geographic Photographer, “blue footed-boobie” cos my toe shoes, are blue & I could easily be mistaken for a boobie. I asked her if she wanted a photo and she finally got on of my feet next to the black lava. I’m enjoying talking with Amy & Matt, they are very down to earth, easy to talk to & explains the photo concepts in a smile matter with examples. I particular like how Amy is using writing a sentence as an analogy to composing a photograph with having a subject & verb in your sentence. It’s all about thinking about working in layers with your foreground & background. It’s nice to have the chance to go out & shoot with pros to learn something new. It’s been a wonderful experience.
Yet again, I find myself sailing across the Equator to experience summer & winter all in one day. However, in these parts it’s known as the rainy & dry seasons. I realized that we crossed the mouth of the Bolivar Channel that separates Fernandina & Isabela (it looks like a sea horse) set to Ecuador Volcano on Isabela. It’s a bit overcast with sprinkles of rain, but still nice & warm with sun peaking threw the clouds. I found out that most of the spectacular shield volcano that is bisected by the Equator collapsed and slumped away into the ocean, leaving some fascinating views of the inner caldera wall & the caldera floor. The ship dropped anchor at the southern end of the caldera, in an area called Punta Vincent Roca. It’s an amazing spot to take a wee zodiac cruise along the base of the imposing cliffs. Also, in view is two of Islabela’s five volcanoes, one being Wolf Volcano, which is the highest geographical point in the archipelago. However, these islands have had many problems with introduced organisms over the span of time since humans started to colonize them. Wolf Volcano on the northern end of Isablea is the site of recent discovery of a new species of the pink land iguana. Cruising around in a zodiac looking for a Galapagos sunfish, looking at boobies & other birds, got to see pair of birds mating, penguins up close & persona on rocks, caves, sea turtles & a working fishing boat. Another successful day of sailing & not to forget that I’ve crossed the Equator several times once again.