Welcome to our journey to Galápagos, a unique archipelago of islands on the equator, in the Pacific Ocean, one thousand kilometres west of the coast of Ecuador. This is one of the most important natural history sites in the world, a laboratory of evolution. In this book we share jottings and photos of our exploration of many of the islands with added information about each island and the birds, animals and plants that make those islands their home. Galápagos is a place where the wildlife shows no fear of their human visitors, thanks to the strict rules that visitors must abide by. It’s a place that helps to put into context Charles Darwin's groundbreaking work on the 'Theory of Evolution", a theory that becomes real before your very eyes. It's a place that leaves you in awe of nature; that stirs your very soul; it's a place that, once visited, is never forgotten. So why not join us for the journey.
My partner and fellow photographer, David Young, and I live in Canberra, Australia. We have been exploring the world for many years, often to places off the beaten track. We enjoy meeting people, learning about different cultures, experiencing new environments and capturing the essence of people and places through our photography and videography. On our travels, we also enjoy discovering our family history, filming gardens and seeking out wildflowers. David is a horticulturist and has been a radio broadcaster and television presenter. I've spent a lifetime in education and enjoy my voluntary mentoring role with university students and researchers.