This week was all about spectacular wildlife encounters for our staff in the Pacific Northwest and Galápagos. Photos of the Week, October 15, 2021 | Lindblad Expeditions
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Photos of the Week, October 22, 2021

This week was all about spectacular wildlife encounters for our staff in the Pacific Northwest and Galápagos: a coyote mid-meal, a herd of elk, a harbor seal, an entire flock of blue-footed boobies diving in unison, and more. Spotting certain species is not unusual on our expeditions, but no matter how many times our field staff sees them, they can still provide an opportunity to capture a truly unique image. Add to that the spectacular fall colors currently bursting across the Pacific Northwest, and it was hard to settle on a top ten (so we picked eleven)! 

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Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, Washington, U.S.A.

Columbia & Snake Rivers Journey, October 11, 2021

storyteller JR Spencer


Wearing his Sunday best that includes an ermine hat, and braids wrapped in otter fur, Nez Perce storyteller JR Spencer certainly looks the part. But what stands out more than his dress is his mastery of his craft. By the time he is finished, I am convinced that not only did Coyote create the world, but that we were in his presence this morning. —Jim Pfitzer, Naturalist/Certified Photo Instructor

 

Los Gemelos, Santa Cruz Island, Galápagos

Galápagos Aboard National Geographic Endeavour II, October 14, 2021

yellow warbler


Yellow warbler. —Christian Saa, Naturalist/Certified Photo Instructor

 

Hood River, Oregon, U.S.A. 

Columbia and Snake Rivers Journey, October 15, 2021

sunflower

 

Nodding giant sunflower. —Jim Pfitzer, Naturalist/Certified Photo Instructor

 

Palouse River, Washington, U.S.A.

Columbia and Snake Rivers Journey, October 15, 2021

Coyote

 

While cruising up the Palouse river on a Zodiac ride, we found this coyote feeding on a deer carcass. —Jeff Litton, Naturalist/Certified Photo Instructor

 

Fort Clatsop, Oregon, U.S.A.

Columbia and Snake Rivers Journey, October 16, 2021

field full of elk

 

Leaving Fort Clatsop, guests witnessed a herd of elk grazing in the fading light of the afternoon, just as Lewis and Clark had experienced it in 1805. The awesome site of these great animals produced a sense of renewal and reconnection with a wild and native America that Lewis and Clark found and that each guest witnessed on their journey down the Snake and Columbia Rivers aboard the Sea Lion. —Patrick MacQuarrie, Cultural Specialist

Harstine Island State Park, Washington, U.S.A.

Exploring the Pacific Northwest: The Jewels of the Salish Sea, October 17, 2021

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Little garter snake curved up on the cedar fronds. —Sue Forbes, Naturalist/Certified Photo Instructor

Lewiston, Idaho, U.S.A.

Columbia and Snake Rivers Journey, October 17, 2021

panoramic view

 

One of the panoramic views from the top of Rivaura Estate Vineyard. —Jeff Litton, Naturalist/Certified Photo Instructor

 

Deception Pass, Washington, U.S.A.

Exploring the Pacific Northwest: The Jewels of the Salish Sea, October 18, 2021

harbor seal

 

Harbor seal watching us watching... —Sharon Grainger, Naturalist/Certified Photo Instructor

 

Las Bachas, Santa Cruz Island, Galápagos

Galápagos Aboard National Geographic Endeavour II, October 19, 2021

blue-footed boobies

 

A flock of blue-footed boobies search for fish. Once spotted, they dive in unison. —Patricio Maldonado, Naturalist/Certified Photo Instructor (photo by Carlos Romero, Expedition Leader)

Cerro Dragon, Santa Cruz Island, Galápagos

Galápagos Aboard National Geographic Endeavour II, October 20, 2021

cerro dragon Galápagos

 

The view from the beach at the Dragon Hill disembarkation area, Cerro Montura. —Ramiro Adrian, Naturalist

 

Sucia Island, Washington, U.S.A.

Exploring the Pacific Northwest: The Jewels of the Salish Sea, October 19, 2021

moonrise over island

 

Moonrise over the mountains. —Brett Garner, Naturalist/Expedition Diver