sink holes, doves, and finches

The Galapagos Islands off the coast of Ecuador are likely formed by repetitive local volcanic eruptions over thousands of years.  A few months ago, I spent some time on the island Santa Cruz and got to see these amazing sink holes:

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They may look the same but these are actually three different holes.  These holes are a direct result of volcanic activity that helped to form the islands in the first place – likely from the air trapping in the lava as it hardened, causing the foundation to collapse.  Once the land sank, it became harder to inhabit these areas and so tons of foliage moved in instead.  They are actually quite beautiful and magnificent.  Each hole has a path around the perimeter so that you can appreciate the vastness of this ecological phenomenon from different angles.

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My favorite part about these walks was being able to see the Galapagos birds up close and personal!  Like the Galapagos Dove with his red feet:

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And the finches!

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Also known as Darwin’s finches, there are actually about 15 different species on the island.  They move fast, making it hard to tell how many different types of finches were actually seen!  But how cute are they hopping along the path!

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