Darwin’s feathered friends?

A guidepost for Darwin?

Galapagos finches — more a dozen different species — with their specially adapted beaks and features were among the inspiration for Charles Darwin’s theories on evolution and natural selection. The finches actually played a relatively minor part in all of Darwin’s research, but they are perhaps the most renown, simply because the Galapagos drew so much attention and provided such a mysterious location for science.

They’re all over the islands today, mostly unwary of humans. They are admittedly very cute and often curious enough that it’s easy to see why they attracted Darwin’s attention.

This one comes from Tortuga Bay, not far from the main tourist center and capital of Puerto Ayora.

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One heckuva beach

Lava rocks and white sand

Los Lobos, a stop on most tour visits to Kicker Rock near San Cristobal Island in the Galapagos is an absolute afternoon treat. Sea lions laze in the shade or play in the water. The waters, though cold, are crystal. Those famous Galapagos finches flit and flutter everywhere.

See below.

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