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Art by Nature – Galapagos Islands
May 4, 2017
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Art by Nature - Galapagos Islands | Duende by Madam ZoZo

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.

Art by Nature - Galapagos Islands
Frigatebirds
Galapagos Islands
Cabo Rosa aka "Los Tuneles"
Art by Nature - Galapagos Islands | Duende by Madam ZoZo
Opuntia cactus flower favoured by iguanas
Art by Nature - Galapagos Islands
Parrotfish trying to fit in among a school of surgeonfish
Art by Nature - Galapagos Islands
Sea lion pup chilling in the waters of Tintorera Fissure off Isabela Island
Art by Nature - Galapagos Islands
Passing school of stingrays
Art by Nature - Galapagos Islands | Duende by Madam ZoZo
Blue-Chin Parrotfish
25 Reasons to go to the Galapagos Islands in pictures | Duende by Madam ZoZo
Sea Turtle
Art by Nature - Galapagos Islands | Duende by Madam ZoZo
Art by Nature - Galapagos Islands
Endless wild blue Pacific Ocean
Art by Nature - Galapagos Islands
No filter, the water is really that colour
Art by Nature - Galapagos Islands
Lagoon on Santa Cruz island
Art by Nature - Galapagos Islands
Looking into a caldera - Volcan Sierra Negra - morning mist from above and steam from below
Art by Nature - Galapagos Islands
Hiking the caldera rim of Sierra Negra Volcano
Art by Nature - Galapagos Islands
Art by Nature - Galapagos Islands
Inside a lava tunnel
Art by Nature - Galapagos Islands
Volcanic ash
Art by Nature - Galapagos Islands
Volcanic rock
Art by Nature - Galapagos Islands
Land iguana on North Seymour Island
Art by Nature - Galapagos Islands
Sally Lightfoot Crab on black volcanic rock
Art by Nature - Galapagos Islands
Lava lizard
Art by Nature - Galapagos Islands

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,

Madam ZoZo

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24 reasons to go to the Galapagos Islands in photos | Art by Nature - Galapagos Islands

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Madam ZoZo

Hi! I'm Madam ZoZo, aka Zoë, an Australian designer, creative consultant, blogger and digital nomad. I'm passionate about travel, design, dance and new experiences that fuel my creativity. I strive to travel in a style that is gentle on the earth and that contributes to the communities I visits, even if it is merely to take away a greater understanding of a different culture. Duende by Madam ZoZo, is where I share the stories of my travels and the duende (soul/inspiration) I find along the way.

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