Sun, Sand and ... Finches?!

There is grandeur in this view of life, with its several powers, having been originally breathed into a few forms or into one; and that, whilst this planet has gone cycling on according to the fixed law of gravity, from so simple a beginning endless forms most beautiful and most wonderful have been, and are being, evolved.

-Charles Darwin. 

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I have just returned from an amazing few weeks in the Galapagos Islands, I am both inspired and a bit overwhelmed at all I have seen and experienced. 

 

Having always drawn inspiration from nature, I was expecting this trip to inspire me, however I was completely unprepared for the surrealism of it all. The completely arid landscape, that was unexpectedly home to such a variety of animal life, not to mention the vast differences in colour, texture and environments between the different Islands, despite the fact that the entire grouping is spread over less than 140 miles. 

 

Another amazing feature of these islands is just how unafraid the animals living there are of humans. One can really get to see them interacting in their natural habitat without them even seeming to notice your presence. When working with taxidermy one can get a very interesting view of animals specific physiognomy but also lose touch with the amazing power and intrigue animals possess. Experiencing that in person is such an amazing feeling, and has left me feeling newly inspired. On that note I invite you to check out this video my brother took of a killer whale, that we saw surfacing within 10 feet from our tiny panga.