The Babies of the Galapagos Islands: A Photo Essay
The Galapagos Islands will spoil your camera, there is no doubt about it. In fact, it is said that when people first arrive on the island they take pictures of each and every animal, but by the third day they refuse to give up memory card space for anything short of, say, a baby sea lion riding a turtle across the ocean like a cowboy. It is just too easy getting great photos of the Galapagos Islands. I have never been somewhere in the world that there was just such a wild abundance of approachable wildlife, you do not even get this close in zoos.
Personally, I shot about 4,000 photos over the period of 8 days on the islands. Of those 4,000 I kept just under 900. Of those 900 photos I’m willing to bet about 300 are of baby animals. A street photographer once told me that if you aim your camera at the elderly and the young you will never go wrong. I’ve taken that theory to heart while shooting wildlife as well. Below are some of my favourite photos of young wildlife in the Galapagos. Enjoy.
The Sea Lions cubs were perhaps the biggest hit among visitors. Partly because they were so approachable, partly because they were always really active and playful, but mostly because, well, they’re really cute. There were simply so many sea lions on the islands I almost got to the point where I only shot babies (that sounded bad… you know I meant photographed). I had a hard time choosing which photos to show off since there were so many, but here are a few: