Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Horseback Sattle Making: A craft still made by hand in Ecuador

Last week I had the chance to pay a visit to one of the best sattle makers from Ecuador. His name is Jaime and lives in Imbabura province. In his native Zuleta, he has dedicated more than 25 years to learn this amazing art, directed by the hands and eyes of his father, who has been doing it for about 65 years.  Every detail ranging from the tools used (and created by the artisans), the designs made in the tips of iron bolts to be hammered into the leather, bee wax to impregnate every single string used to stitch every inch of the sattle, etc., make of the end product a unique art piece that is perfectly functional.

Just an amazing job that is still alive and is very appreciated by the people involved in any activity regarding horses.

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Monday, July 7, 2014

Blue Footed Boobies Dancing: The Mating Ritual at Galapagos

It never cesases to amuse and amaze me. The question is still not answered by science: why blue feet? Early during the trip somebody was sceptical about seeing many blue footed boobies, and we saw one, three, five perhaps as a group, but towards the end of our journey in Isabela Island at the Glapagos, we got the chance to see hundreds of them 30 meters away, fishing for macrell near the shore. It was simply amazing.

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Playa Grande: Big Beach at Santa Cruz Island Galapagos

I have heard from this place for many years, and finally I had the chance to visit it. Is a great bay that offers many opportunities to snorkel, walk a bit, sunbathe on a "organic" white sand beach (made of crush white coral), and also to photograph many of the amazing animals of the Galapagos.

We looked also for the Flamingos at the wetland near the ocean shore, but they were... some where else. we have to always keep in mind that all the animals in the Galapagos are free to go anywhere they want, and that incluedes the flamingos. Never the less, the experience was very nice and the landscapes for sure unique.



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Figatebird in Full Splendor: Trying to Catch a Female in the Galapagos


We saw in this trip perhaps one of the most spectacular displays of a strong color in the nature. We arrived to North Seymour Island at the Galapagos, and we did a 2 km hike along a path that took us very close to the biggest colonies of Frigatebirds of the archipiel. The mating season had already finished, but there were still many males displaying their inflated gular pouch.

They do it for several reasons. One of them is to impress the females that have to make a choice, and decide wich male is more suitable to feed their chicks for many months after they are born.

The other might be to "play" their war march. They hit their beaks against the pouch and make a drumm noice, and also an "applause" noice with the beaks, as if two thin wooden sticks were beeing hit against each other.

We saw also some fighting for the catch - made by other birds like Blue Footed Boobies or Pelicans - of the day, and also for a already-build nest that was occuppied by a displaying male.

We had a very knowledgable Galapagos guide that told us many interesting facts about the animals encountered at Seymour North, and that was for sure a nice last activity for our 12 day long tour at the enchanted islands.

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