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Wow! Flora and Fauna of the Galapagos! Where to begin? Our month in the islands was probably the highlight of our cruising so far, and we're just sorry that we have to sail all the way around the world to get back there. We missed having our 35mm Canon camera with its fabulous lenses and rich Fuji professional film, but possibly the lenses would have been mildewed by the time we reached the Galapagos anyway. So, what we present here are photos taken with our Fuji Finepix 4900, with a 6X optical zoom.
We used several reference books while we were in the Galapagos. Seabirds: An Identification Guide by Peter Harrison is a superb guide to seabirds of the world that should be in every serious bird-watcher's library. Wildlife of the Galapagos by Fitter, Fitter & Hosking, is a more general wildlife identification book which includes birds, insects, marine and land mammals and reptiles.
Be sure to check out the Galapagos Tour pages under Destinations, and the pages for Santa Cruz, San Cristobal, and Isabela Islands.
Because of all the photos we want to include, we've had to separate out the birds from the rest of the Flora and Fauna page. So check it out on the Galapagos Birds page.
The endemic (occurring only here) plants of the Galapagos gave us insight into new species of plant families we've met elsewhere in our travels. Many of the introduced plants are old friends from the Caribbean and Venezuela. Some introduced plants, unfortunately, are not friends of the islands, but are pests, threatening the endemic plants and consequently the habitat and food sources of the endemic animals such as Darwin finches, tortoises and land iguanas. Go to Sue's log page to read about how the human population is in conflict with the natural flora and fauna of the islands. Her essay is based in information gleaned from the excellent book Plundering Paradise: The Hand of Man on the Galapagos Islands by Michael d'Orso.
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