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  • 6 May 2022

Photos of the Week, May 6, 2022

Sue Forbes, Naturalist/Certified Photo Instructor

It's always exciting to celebrate our ships' return to a region or country they haven't visited since 2019: this week, we've finally returned to Canada, as the National Geographic Venture and National Geographic Quest begin their explorations of British Columbia on their way to Alaska. Our field staff sent in photos from our expeditions in the Arctic, the Pacific Northwest, French Polynesia, and the Galapagos this week as well, and the images they captured range from the familiar to the downright otherworldly. 


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Bartolome Island, Galápagos

Galápagos Aboard National Geographic Endeavour II, April 21, 2022

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After the exploration walk, we visited a different part of the island. We relaxed on a golden sand beach at the foot of the iconic Pinnacle Rock. We also explored the coast in Zodiacs and by snorkeling. This island has an amazing snorkeling site that harbors a large variety of fish and Galapagos penguins. Today, we were lucky to see these amazing birds in the water as we explored the site. —Juan Carlos Avila, Naturalist/Certified Photo Instructor

 

Isabela Island, Galápagos

Wild Galápagos Escape, April 27, 2022

land iguana and mockingbird

As we continued our walk, we encountered beautiful male land iguanas along the path. They were warming up so they can move around and find food. Based on their color and behaviors, they may be looking for a territory with females. —Patricio Maldonado, Naturalist

 

Van Keulen Fjord, Svalbard, Norway

Land Of The Ice Bears: An In-Depth Exploration Of Arctic Svalbard, April 29, 2022

reindeer in front of the National Geographic Resolution

We were in for a real treat, as we observed over twenty Svalbard reindeer roaming around the plain. They seemed to vacillate between curiosity and uncertainty. They gradually approached us and then quickly rushed away. —Sue Forbes, Naturalist/Certified Photo Instructor

 

Hood River, Oregon

Columbia & Snake Rivers Journey, April 29, 2022

goat in a red bandana eating tree bark

Instagram sensation “Flash,” a pygmy goat, dines on ponderosa pine bark while being admired by guests of National Geographic Sea Bird. Draper Girls Farms, Hood River, Oregon. —Patrick MacQuarrie, Cultural Specialist

 

Krossfjord, Svalbard, Norway

Land Of The Ice Bears: An In-Depth Exploration Of Arctic Svalbard, April 30, 2022

lounging walrus

A lounging Atlantic walrus (Odobenus rosmarus) soaks in the sunshine while resting after foraging dives in the fjord. Ice is very important for walruses. They need to rest between dives to the sea bottom where they look for clams, mussels, and other marine invertebrate prey. —James Hyde, Undersea Specialist

 

Santa Cruz Island, Galápagos

Wild Galápagos Escape, April 30, 2022

marshy beach at sunset

Landscape at low tide on Cerro Dragon. —Ixora Berdonces, Naturalist

 

Floreana Island, Galápagos

Galápagos Aboard National Geographic Endeavour II, May 2, 2022

a man holds a camera while a bird attempts to climb inside the lens

Galapagos naturalist Bernie Jacome on a photography excursion. We are on a photography-oriented expedition, so we went ashore by 6:00 a.m. to catch the best light. As the photographers prepared to capture a Galapagos flycatcher, the individual jumped on Bernie’s camera lens. Galapagos flycatchers are territorial. When this individual saw its reflection on the lens, it decided to get closer to inspect. —Salvador Cazar, Naturalist (photo by Walter Perez)

 

Ra'iatea, French Polynesia

French Polynesia: Beyond the Postcard, May 2, 2022

standing stones on a beach

Standing stones mark one of the sacred marae sites on Mātāhiraitera'i Point. This area is a significant Polynesian treasure, listed as a World Heritage Site. —Andrew Peacock, Naturalist/Certified Photo Instructor

 

Victoria, British Columbia

Treasures of the Inside Passage: Alaska and British Columbia, May 3, 2022

tulips in the foreground with Victoria's legislative assembly building in the background

Victoria is known for its colorful gardens, and spring is in full bloom today. —Berit Solstad, Naturalist

 

Santa Cruz Island, Galápagos

Galápagos Aboard National Geographic Endeavour II, May 3, 2022

a tourist photographs a giant tortoise

As the morning progressed, we went to the highlands to have lunch at the beautiful Rancho El Manzanillo where giant tortoises roam. After a tasty meal, we changed into rubber boots to walk among these gentle giants. Our photographers had the chance to get amazing shots of the tortoises as they rested in the shade, mated, or chased each other. Some even walked through our group. —Anahi Concari, Naturalist

 

Makatea Island, French Polynesia

French Polynesia: Beyond the Postcard, May 3, 2022

aerial shot of Makatea's jungle

Our first stop in the Tuamotu Islands was Makatea. This uplifted coral island is a paradise both above and below water. —Mike Greenfelder, Naturalist/Certified Photo Instructor

 

Cerro Dragon, Santa Cruz Island, Galápagos

Galápagos Aboard National Geographic Endeavour II, May 4, 2022

field of succulents

Sunrise through the bushes on the beach at Dragon Hill. Sesuvium grows on the shores of the Galapagos Islands. This succulent provides its own source of sunblock. —Charles Wittmer, Naturalist