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  • Imagining Darwin: Bringing Home the Tortoise

    Darwin took several tortoises on board the Beagle during its time in the Galapagos. I like to imagine him having them on board as companions during the long sea voyages in between the Beagle’s ports of call. One of these tortoises was always thought (or wished) to be the famously long-lived Harriet of the Australia… [Continue Reading]

    Imagining Darwin: Bringing Home the Tortoise
  • Imagining Darwin, pt. 7 “The Most Helpless Animal”

    Darwin abominated slavery. He was appalled at the cruelty and injustice he witnessed while traveling in South America. Once when crossing a river with a black ferryman, Darwin found it difficult to communicate with the man. “In endeavouring to make him understand, I talked loud, and made signs, in doing which I passed my hand… [Continue Reading]

    Imagining Darwin, pt. 7 “The Most Helpless Animal”
  • Imagining Darwin 6: “It Was Snowing Butterflies”

      From The Voyage of the Beagle, Chapter VIII: “One evening, when we were about ten miles from the Bay of San Blas, vast numbers of butterflies, in bands or flocks of countless myriads, extended as far as the eye could range. Even with the aid of a telescope it was not possible to see a… [Continue Reading]

    Imagining Darwin 6: “It Was Snowing Butterflies”
  • Imagining Darwin 5: The Luminous Ocean

        From Darwin’s Beagle Diary: October 24, 1832 The night was pitch dark, with a fresh breeze.— The sea from its extreme luminousness presented a wonderful & most beautiful appearance; every part of the water, which by day is seen as foam, glowed with a pale light. The vessel drove before her bows two… [Continue Reading]

    Imagining Darwin 5: The Luminous Ocean
  • Imagining Darwin 4: In the Galapagos

    Imagining Darwin 4: In the Galapagos On October 18th, 1835 Darwin was camped on St James Island (Isla Santiago) in the Galapagos Archipelago, where he’d been exploring and gathering specimens. He and the crewmen who came with him were now waiting for the Beagle to return for them after finishing its surveying cruise around the… [Continue Reading]

    Imagining Darwin 4: In the Galapagos

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