“Galapagos: Life in Motion is exactly the way I dreamed it would be, that one day I would show my working office to the world. I hope that this book will become an inspiration for people to protect and care for our planet.”  —Walter Perez

One of our veteran naturalists, Walter Perez has been working in Galápagos for more than 12 years, escorting guests onto the different islands and explaining the importance of this very special part of the planet. “Watching the expression on the faces of both adults and children as they explore this enchanted land is so rewarding and brightens my day,” says Walter.

He’s been sharing his love for the islands ever since he moved there as a young teenager, bought his first camera, and began taking pictures of the wildlife to send to family and friends back on mainland Ecuador. Over the years Walter has developed his skills through workshops with photo experts from National Geographic and Lindblad and by learning alongside both amateur and professional photographers he’s traveled with. Now, he’s published his first book, Galápagos: Life In Motion, which combines his photo skills with his understanding of the islands’ fauna.

Land iguana feeding on vegetation on Santa Cruz Island.

The dynamic photos bring readers close-up to all of the weird and wonderful creatures that have evolved here, and sheds light on their remarkable survival behaviors. Years of experience have given Walter a deep understanding of animal behavior. “It’s like going to a zoo but with one exception—you are inside the enclosure and a part of the story,” he explains. “Being part of the story has given me the opportunity to anticipate and predict when animals are ready to fight, mate, steal, and eat. I’m always ready to capture that precise moment in time when nature’s movements occur. The end result of these subjects in action became the title of the book: Galápagos: Life in Motion.”

A juvenile sea lion plays with the fruit of a prickly pear cactus at Champion Island.

A Galápagos dove nests on a cactus on North Seymour Island.

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