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  • 12 May 2022

Photos of the Week, May 13, 2022

Walter Perez, Naturalist/Certified Photo Instructor

A technical glitch caused our field staff to have some difficulty submitting Daily Expedition Reports, but we've resolved the issue and are gradually catching up. Even so, plenty of incredible images came across our desk from the Galápagos, the Arctic, the Amazon, British Columbia, and (for the first time in 2022!) Alaska. 


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Santiago Island, Galápagos

Wild Galápagos Escape, May 6, 2022

lava cactus and lava field

We headed back to the ship to reposition and when we landed again, this time it was on a lava field. We strolled through the pahoehoe field, mesmerized by the ropey shapes on the rocks. The contrast between the new black basaltic lava and the brown and red slopes on the field was fascinating. The walk was invigorating, making us feel like we were exploring another world. —Cristian Villaroel, Naturalist


Westfjords, Iceland

A Circumnavigation of Iceland, July 10, 2021

Nat Geo Explorer kisses Zodiac (1).jpeg

National Geographic Explorer "kisses" a Zodiac. —Kathi A., Flagstaff, AZ, Guest


Butedale, Princess Royal Island, British Columbia

Treasures of the Inside Passage: Alaska and British Columbia, May 6, 2022

house with spirit bear on the front porch

Butedale is on Princess Royal Island. It is one of the very few places where these unusually colored black bears are seen. A spirit bear appeared at the corner of this old building, then crossed in front of it before wandering off into the forest. —Berit Solstad, Naturalist (photo by Kathy Hillig, guest)


S’Gang Gwaay, British Columbia

A Remarkable Journey to Alaska, British Columbia & Haida Gwaii, May 7, 2022

a photographer sits in front of totem poles

Just before lunch, we gathered again for another Zodiac ride, this one bringing us ashore onto Anthony Island for a short photo walk. A small group of us spent a lovely hour learning the many different ways to make images out of this truly beautiful and magical place, which was preserved as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO on November 27, 1981. We also learned that the totem poles we were spending the day with were largely mortuary poles, honoring the ancients of this site. —Sharon Grainger, Naturalist/Certified Photo Instructor


Klewnuggit Inlet Provincial Marine Park, British Columbia

Treasures of the Inside Passage: Alaska and British Columbia, May 7, 2022

bald eagle

Everyone has trained their eyes to pick out the “golf ball” heads of the bald eagles hanging out in the trees along the shoreline. —Rachel Crane, Undersea Specialist (photo by Nathan Kelley)


Green Inlet, British Columbia

Treasures of the Inside Passage: Alaska and British Columbia, May 7, 2022

photographer takes picture of landscape

Bo gets the perfect shot. —Luke Manson, Naturalist


Rabida Island, Galápagos

Galápagos Aboard National Geographic Endeavour II, May 8, 2022


At sunset, we landed on Rabida again. This time, we explored the shoreline. We found Galapagos sea lions and a small portion of the population of American flamingos that are residents of this island. These flamingos now have the status of a sub-species. —Anahá Concari, Naturalist


Santa Cruz Island, Galápagos

Wild Galápagos Escape, May 9, 2022

golden rays under the water

Sunday afternoon found us exploring Black Turtle Lagoon on the northern side of Santa Cruz Island. I lost count of the number of golden rays we encountered, maybe more than a hundred. We had the best welcome to the Galapagos Islands that one could ever wish for, a golden welcome! —Paula Tagle, Expedition Leader


Fernandina Island, Galápagos

Galápagos Aboard National Geographic Endeavour II, May 9, 2022

marine iguanas

Marine iguanas basking in the sun. —Paul Vergara, Naturalist


Clavero Lake, Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve, Peru

Upper Amazon Aboard Delfin II, May 9, 2022

large-billed terns

There are only two tern species here in the Upper Amazon, and we delighted in finding them both this morning as we navigated through Clavero Lake. Pictured here are three large-billed terns. —Linda M. Burback, Naturalist


Storfjord, Svalbard, Norway

Norway's Fjords & Arctic Svalbard, May 10, 2022

kittiwake in flight

Kittiwake catching—and losing—a sculpin. —Michael Nolan, Naturalist/Certified Photo Instructor


Urbina Bay, Galápagos

Wild Galápagos Escape, May 11, 2022

guests follow a tortoise

A new leader shows guests the trail. —Ixora Berdonces, Naturalist


Glacier Bay National Park, Alaska

Treasures of the Inside Passage: Alaska and British Columbia, May 11, 2022

arctic terns

Arctic terns have the longest migration of any bird. In their lifetime, they travel the equivalent distance of going to the moon and back three times! —Nathan Kelley, Naturalist/Certified Photo Instructor