Darwin’s theory of evolution could be attributed to Mother Nature’s quest for perfection, and a perfectionist’s work is never done. The Galápagos Islands are one of the most pristine natural environments on earth. Though not completely unscathed by human interference, the Islands are a window into a world largely without meddling homo sapiens. Here Mother nature the artisan can continue her work relentlessly and undisturbed, in a studio of open sky and sea. If you have been following Duende for a while, you’ll know how much I love to sticky-beak around an artist’s studio and home – the Galapagos Islands are no exception.
The unique Island ecosystems are isolated by stretches of wild, blue Pacific, allowing mother nature to test her most experimental works against their harshest critics. The results are her most successful survivors and sophisticated works of art. Some, like land and sea iguanas, she paints in camouflage with the earth and sea. Meanwhile blessing Blue Footed Boobies with stand-out sky-hued tootsies. She gives Giant tortoises the ability to become invisible with boulder-like shells, while trying her balloon animal skills on male frigates, who flirt with potential mates by inflating their bright red throats. For each, she develops artful strategies for dealing with the challenges of the environment and each other.
It’s not only the animal kingdom she works to perfect in the Galápagos Islands, but that of landscapes. The volcanic islands vary wildly in age, each showing a step in her slow artisanal process of creating and deconstructing land. Oozing lava flows and explosive eruptions create new terrain which is passed into the sculpting hands of wind and water for further improvement. The new creation is fired under the tropical sun and glazed with vegetation.
In the Galapagos Islands, we can see Mother Nature working to perfect each of the small masterpieces in her earthly gallery. Take a peek into the studio of the ultimate mixed-media artist and perfectionist, and see what treasures she has in store.
Stay tuned for more on the Galapagos and Quito, Ecuador. For more natural beauties, see the Art by Nature series here.
Peace, love and nature,