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.
The rising sun illuminates the face of this marine iguana on Fernandina Island.
This brown pelican sat on a rock calmly watching us in our small zodiac boat. As soon as I saw her I knew I just had to get a straight-on portrait. I waited until we drifted by, then snapped this image. She looked supremely unimpressed.