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Booby Blue: Footwear for Sex Appeal

March 30, 2014 – Isabel Island, Galapagos. Even before Elvis crooned about blue suede shoes, the Galapagos boobies knew azure footwear was sexy. Since boobies are opportunistic maters, guys learn to keep up appearances. Healthy male birds dive up to 70 ft. down to feed on sardines that provide the carotenoids that darken the pigmentation […]

Waves of Opportunity

July 28, 2017 – Puerto Cayo Beach, Ecuador. Last evening I took my dachshund, Belle, for a beach walk. I was watching the small waves at the edge of the shore washing in and out over the rocks and shells. As each wave receded and I surveyed the pretty remains trying to decide which pieces […]

That Flooded Feeling

August 10, 2015 – Pto. Cayo, Ecuador. Some days, despite my most diligent planning, the tide of life just rushes in and tumbles my schedule askew. A deluge of unexpected occurrences wrench control from my grasp and by evening I feel like a beached whale. This week I took a bike ride to the “Piedreros,” […]

The Shoeshine Siesta

November 19, 2015 – Jipijapa, Manabi Province, EcuadorWhile painting this siesta scene of the shoeshine stand, I couldn’t keep myself from constantly yawning. Relaxation is so contagious. The dusty, small town of Jipijapa (pronounced “Hippy-Hoppa”) is home to about 75,000 people. Most farm the surrounding verdant land of Ecuador’s central coast. Here the workday begins […]


June, 2016 – After the April 16 Earthquake in Portoviejo, the capital of Manabi Province in Ecuador. “Estamos hechos de polvo de estrellas.”We are all made of stardust… Awakening from the destruction and disbelief of a 7.9 earthquake, the coastal peoples of Ecuador began to pick up the pieces. They moved rubble, cried over lost […]