Darwin Safari 2007 photo page
This page is dedicated to Chuckie D. and to our many extraordinary mentors who made him come
alive on this extraordinary "journey of exploration".
It is organized by venue.
Darwin is born!
The picture is taken at The Mount, home of Darwin's father who coincidently is also named
Supposedly Charles was born on the second floor on the left side. I came back later to explore the room.
Old School Darwin
The Charles at the Mount
Darwin and the Bellstone
The Captain and Charles
Barleston - The Wedgwood museum
Lichfield - home of Erasmus Darwin
The unmitigated excitement of lawn bowling
What it's like to bee in Lichfield
Bob on top
At 1,085 meters (3,560 feet), Snowdon was "the high point" of our trip.
Darwin gets support from all directions
Sheep in the city
Cool hand Sagar
Kate contemplative on the Severn
Josh as group leader
Porcine breathing apparatus
Ironing things out
The face in the bridge
Anne Wrox out
Sitting atop Arthur's seat
Darwin's Lothian home
Darwin's home plaquated
Darwin lothian around
Fear and lothian in Edinburgh
Hume us a tune
Dolly in the spotlight
Works of fire over Edinburgh castle
Near St John's cathedral
Geoffrey Tyack demystifies Oxford
Natural History Museum - site of the famous Huxley-Wilberforce debate
Aye aye skeleon
Aye aye skeletal hand showing remarkable adaptation of the middle finger
Darwin's finches / Gould's revelation
Aye aye captain
Zoology of the Beagle
A kew-ious sense of elation
Giant lily underside - revealed
Roarke juggles three biological concepts
Keynes and Darwin; Fossils, Finches, and Fuegeans
Craig and Darwin's octopus
"I was much interested, on several occasions, by watching
the habits of an Octopus, or cuttle-fish. Although common
in the pools of water left by the retiring tide, these animals
were not easily caught. By means of their long arms and
suckers, they could drag their bodies into very narrow crevices;
and when thus fixed, it required great force to remove
them. At other times they darted tail first, with the rapidity
of an arrow, from one side of the pool to the other, at the
same instant discolouring the water with a dark chestnut-brown
ink. These animals also escape detection by a very
extraordinary, chameleon-like power of changing their colour.
They appear to vary their tints according to the nature
of the ground over which they pass: when in deep water,
their general shade was brownish purple, but when placed on
the land, or in shallow water, this dark tint changed into one
of a yellowish green. The colour, examined more carefully,
was a French grey, with numerous minute spots of bright
yellow: the former of these varied in intensity; the latter
entirely disappeared and appeared again by turns. These
changes were effected in such a manner, that clouds, varying
in tint between a hyacinth red and a chestnut-brown,  were
continually passing over the body. Any part, being subjected
to a slight shock of galvanism, became almost black: a similar
effect, but in a less degree, was produced by scratching
the skin with a needle. These clouds, or blushes as they may
be called, are said to be produced by the alternate expansion
and contraction of minute vesicles containing variously
Charles Darwin The Voyage of the Beagle
Darwin's last sand?
Darwin wasafiri at Conduit Head
Sir Peter Lachmann presents Christ's College, Darwin presides from above
Barnacles, Darwin, Stott, and Siegel
The great and the great great
We went to the Jeremy Bentham Pub and stuffed ourselves
Apparently, Jeremy did as well...
There is a self-portrait of the photographer on the left-hand side
Upper Gower residence
Darwin Building Gower Street
St Pancras and the devil's sky
And who would name their church after an organ, anyway?
Leaf-cutter - Natural History Museum
Elephant bird egg - Natural History Museum
This egg is humongous even in comparison with an ostrich egg. The egg is from an extinct
species of birds that inhabited Madagascar.
The eye, the eye
self reflection in the Rosetta Stone
Greek to me?
Studying Darwin's study
Students mirror Darwin's life at Down
Darwin studies terrestial worming
Uncoordinated exuberance at Down House
St. Mary's Church, Downe
Following Darwin to the T.
Malverne is where Darwin took Dr Gully's "water cure". It is also where his eldest daughter Annie died.
At this point, Darwin apparent lost his last vestige of belief in a benevolent god.
A dear and good child
Despite its purity, the Malverne water is associated with plaque
Font of health
The Darwin Safari was sponsored through the generous and helpful efforts of
the Bing Overseas
Studies Program at Stanford.
Many people helped to this seminar to evolve. The planning and execution phase included
consultations with Bob Stephens, Geoffrey Heller, Bill Durham, Kathleen Rochester, Martin
Cheek, Carlos Seligo, Lucy Horton, Heather Narciso, Michelle Silver, and Jenna Coalson.
Jenny Gowers and John Chao at BOSP consistently went the extra mile.
I want to acknowledge my real family for putting up with my peregrinations and my home
stay family for putting me up.
While on safari, our mission was aided and abetted by an impressive array of Darwinophiles
and experts, scientists and naturalists, librarians and archivists, historian and authors,
docents and clergy. Among these were
Peter Boyd (Shrewsbury),
Jon King (Shrewsbury),
Randal Keynes (London),
Rebecca Stott (Cambridge),
Sir Peter and Sylvia Lachmann (Cambridge),
Geoffrey Tyack (Oxford),
Alan Paton (Kew),
Joyce Camber (Downe),
Rebecca Stott (Cambridge),
Karen Goldie-Morrison (London, Downe),
Liz Etheridge (Snowdon),
Jack Ashby (London),
David Hughson (Edinburgh),
Mathew Lowe (Cambridge),
Craig Buckley (Cambridge),
Steve Laurie (Cambridge),
Suzy Antoniw (Cambridge),
Richard and Anne Keynes (Cambridge),
and many others.
Of course, I am grateful to the actual Darwin wasafiri, who made this an experience of a
life-time: Sagar Bapat (often last but never least), Paul Craft, Joy Henry, Lauren Higdon,
Roarke Kamber, Julie Kim, Kathryn Ludwig, Chad Sitgraves, Alex Song, Anne Stake, Rebecca Tisdale, Erika Williams,
Joshua Wong, Dani Zhao, Becca Sorenson, and, of course, Robbie Torney (who, while not
physically with us in Great Britain, was definitely with us in spirit - brassica, solanum,
flying spaghetti monster, and all).
Finally, I would like to acknowledge the extraordinary efforts of several people without whom
there would be no Darwin Safari. Anja Seitz, Stephanie Williams, and most especially Becca
Sorenson (my intrepid TA) were tireless in their efforts to plan, anticipate, and solve every
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