Formed over a volcanic hot spot millions of years ago, the Galapagos are dotted with mountains and active volcanoes. The significant changes in elevation cause a rain shadow, forcing vast differences in climate from misty forests to arid steppe. We traveled from the grasslands into the hills to hike around a active caldera, walking through the misty forest where white, ghostly egrets flew. For the latter half of the day, it was beach time. The mangrove forests provided shelter for mating crabs and sleepy sea lions, most of which napped on the boardwalk.
Canon t4i 40mm f/4.5 1/250 ISO200
Canon t4i 15mm f/4 1/250 ISO400