Above: Flamingos feeding in a lagoon. Despite being on the equator, this is not a lush, tropic. Cold antarctic currents, a long dry season, and ongoing volcanic activity require special adaptations to survive here.

Below: Blue footed boobies.

Below: The famous rock formation on Bartolome.



Editor’s note: Look for Part 2 coming next Saturday, December 8. All images are copyright of Michael Sheldon and cannot be copied or used without his permission. Visit msheldon.com for more of his work