I never thought I would see the day but, here I am, starting a blog - the moral of that story - never say never! In a life that has so far seen me stumble my way onto three continents it is always hard to keep in touch with all the amazing people you meet and who make an impression on your life. Being a naturally lazy person, this seemed like an ideal solution! At least with a blog it gives people an option to find out what is going on, rather than having the dreaded 'annual update' enclosed with a Christmas card.
Currently my life finds me residing in Chicago, married to a truly wonderful man, living in an apartment overlooking Lake Michigan and working at the nearby Chicago Academy of Sciences Nature Museum as the Manager of Living Vertebrate Collections. (Much more about that in later postings)
We recently returned from a trip to the Galapagos Islands, which was what finally motivated me to get a blog organised, as so many people wanted to see photos and hear about the trip. Here is a little taster of some of the fantastic animals we encountered. Starting at the top - yours truly with a Galapagos Giant Tortoise (Geochelone spp. this particular individual was taken from a private collection to the Darwin Centre so its exact species was unknown.) next, a Sally Lightfoot Crab (Grapsus grapsus), a Land Iguana (Conolophus subcristatus) and
finally the Santa Cruz species of Giant Land Tortoise (Geochelone nigrita) - this must surely be one of the perks of being married to an avid and very talented amateur photographer. (Not that I am biased you understand!) Actually when visiting the Galapagos I defy anyone not to come back with some amazing photos as all the animals are such willing models! And unlike most other places in the world, most of these models are relatively slow moving.
Lion - Paul Joynson-Hicks
Tortoise, Crab, Iguana, Tortoise - Dominick V
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