The train never did end up coming (turned out to be a strike day), but I left the station smiling nonetheless.
The intricate, layered feathers of a great blue heron.
A closeup of the foot of a giant tortoise.
This is the beginning of a new mini-series on textures and patterns. These are more abstract images and are among my favorite kinds of closeups. This first image is the shell detail of a Galápagos giant tortoise.
A curious Galápagos penguin pops out of the water for a closer look at our zodiac boat (or perhaps at the strange photographer leaning precariously over its edge …). I like seeing the little beads of water on the penguin’s cheek.
A yellow warbler stands out against the dark lava rocks of Fernandina Island.
I snapped this portrait of a flightless cormorant from a zodiac boat, whose outline can be seen in the eye’s reflection. Fun editing trivia: I nearly always crop my images, but this is the rare one that hasn’t been cropped at all.