Saturday, April 26, 2008


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 t
o 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.

Photo credits:
Lion - Paul Joynson-Hicks
Tortoise, Crab, Iguana, Tortoise - Dominick V


Anonymous said...

ah... sweetness... as for crushed? what about jay strommen

the princess...

Celeste said...

Well I figured I would do a seperate posting about Harrison and the Mudman entitled 'The Other Men in My Life!'
C x

Rambling Woods said...

I read every post and enjoyed every word..!!

Celeste said...

Rambling Woods - Wow, thank you so much for spending the time. I am so happy that you liked it - I could get quite hooked on this blogging thing!