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Monday, February 14, 2011

Love in the Galápagos

In many parts of the word, today is a day set aside to celebrate love and affection. Inspired by last week's posts on the Galápagos (which I know I have yet to finish), I thought I'd share some photos of signs of "love and affection" I saw when I was traveling the islands.

The uniquely shaped pad of the cactus Opuntia galapageia profusa on Isla Rábida .

Some Galápagos marine iguanas hug it out near the shore of Isla Plaza Sur.

There must be something in the air on Isla Isabela. These
Chelonoidis nigra can't help themselves.

"Pardon me, I didn't mean to interrupt." I seem to have distracted two blue-footed boobies dancing on Isla San Cristóbal.

"I'm yours"? More like "she's mine". A male magnificent frigatebird stakes his claim on Isla Seymour Norte.

The frigatebirds aren't the only birds in the mood. Swallow-tailed gulls, caught in the act on Isla Española.

Crabby no more! "Sally lightfoot" crabs mating on Isla Española.

Aww, love . A bull and cow Galápagos sea lion at La Loboria on Isla San Cristóbal.