Ecuador: Galapagos Islands

At the end of August 2015 I arrived at the airport of San Cristobal island, one of four of the archipelago's islands that are inhabited, to start a week-long adventure aboard Haugan Cruises luxury catamaran, the Ocean Spray.

Over the seven days, our itinerary took us to the diverse islands of San Cristobal, Floreana, Bartholomew, Santiago, Genovesa, North Seymour and Santa Cruz. Some with sally-lightfoot crabs scattered across the lava, some with crystal turquoise waters swimming with turtles and tropical fish, some with huge cliffs and countless intriguing nesting sea birds, some with white sandy beaches with sleeping sea lions... I could go on and on, but I'll let the photos do the talking!

The whole experience was just amazing, from the hospitality of the crew (who even let me steer the boat until warning alarms started to sound!) to our brilliant guide, Morris, who was so knowledgeable about everything.

I don't think I am going to be able to resist going back...someday!

Equipment wise, after some research I decided to take two lenses: my trusted Sigma 10-20mm EX for landscapes with my standard combination of Lee filters (circular polariser and 0.9 ND grad) and my Canon 70-200mm L IS teamed with a 1.4 extender. I would always have both with me on our excursions, as I knew I would kick myself if I didn't have the one I needed!
  
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