Isabelle, Nico and Clare set off early one morning to make a trip to Isla Bartolome

The water taxi picked us up from the boat.

We took a bus to the other side of the island to board the boat.

A dinghy ferried us out to the boat.

Nico settled in on the front of the boat.

Looking back at Santa Cruz Island

Approaching the crater of Daphne Major

Daphne Major

Nico with Daphne Major in the background

Bella with Daphne Major in the background

Daphne Major with Daphne Minor in the background.

Arriving at Bartolome.

Nico coming ashore in the dinghy

The intrepid travelers step ashore

Crabs everywhere

What remains of the volcanic crater

Making the ascent on the board walk

The lava rock has broken down into grains but only a little vegetation has taken hold.

One of the first cacti to have taken hold

Lava trails

The vegetation is very delicate

And sparse

No apologies for the amount of lava pictures

The trail to the top with two juvenile hawks circling curiously.

One hawk just got closer and closer.  The variegated coloring indicates that this is a juvenile.

The view we all came for.  The crater remains are to the right and where we were to go snorkeling later.  You can also see on the island beyond the fresh (100 year old) lava flow that spurted up through fissures.

Mom in the Galapagos

Nico and view

Bella and view

Mom and view

View of the island chain

The light house on the top

The hawk decided to land next to Isabelle.

And posed for photographs.

And showed off.

Bella and Nico head back in the dinghy

Marine iguana

Marine iguana

Marine iguana

The remains of the crater peak

Getting ready to go snorkelling

Intrepid snorkellers

Recruit for the Navy seals

We were lucky enough to have a couple of tiny Galapagos penguins swim among us.

In the dinghy on the way back

Lunch on board.

Bigger vegetation taking a tentative foothold

Exploring the 100 year old lava flow

Bubbles and ropes

You can see the vegetation that was covered by the recent flow.

The lava filled in the bay.

Rope formations.  Did you know that all lava terminology is Hawaiian?

Bella with the tour boat in the background

As I said, no apologies.  It was endlessly fascinating.



It looked like fabric

Molten rock

Further disruption from below

Beach scape

Marine iguanas have wider flatter mouths than land iguanas so that a greater surface area is in contact with the algae they graze on under water.

Nico and Iguanas

Bella and iguanas

Lava lava lava

Text here, Bella

Rock imitating water

During the entire trip this couple did nothing but take photographs of each other.

Crab on lava

Nico waiting for the next dinghy

Our tour guide was a biologist specializing in birds

The National Geographic Explorer boat in the bay.