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Zebra longwing butterfly

Zebra longwing butterfly

Marty’s photo of the day #3591: Zebra longwing butterfly, photographed in the Everglades.

Swimming with sea lions

Swimming with sea lions

Marty’s photo of the day #3590: Getting crisp underwater photos is tough, because light is limited and the water and subject are always moving. Still, I had to try! This is a curious sea lion I swam with in the Sea of Cortez.

Caribou, not oil wells

Caribou, not oil wells

Marty’s photo of the day #3589: Caribou in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge of Alaska. And if Republicans had their way, an oil well would be photo-bombing this scene.

Ducks and social distancing

Ducks and social distancing

Marty’s photo of the day #3588: Goldeneye ducks having a dispute over social distancing on a mostly frozen lake in Yellowstone National Park.

Baboon troop

Baboon troop

Marty’s photo of the day #3587: During our 53-mile hike across Mana Pools National Park in Zimbabwe, Deb and I came across this troop of chacma baboons, feeding. Chacmas are the world’s largest baboon species, with the males weighing up to 100 pounds.

Ground squirrels

Ground squirrels

Marty’s photo of the day #3586: Ground squirrels, photographed in the Bitterroot Valley of Montana.

Even a shrew . . .

Even a shrew . . .

Marty’s photo of the day #3585: “Let me get this straight. You’re not going to wear a mask and you’re not going to get a COVID-19 vaccination because it will make Donald Trump look bad and Joe Biden look good? I’ve eaten shrews with eyes more open than yours.”

The Beagle Channel

The Beagle Channel

Marty’s photo of the day #3584: Deb looks over the Beagle Channel, while in Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego, Argentina—the southernmost city in the world.

For those upset by . . .

For those upset by . . .

Marty’s photo of the day #3584: For the right-wing media and all their racist-cultists followers, who screamed “extortion,” “intimidation,” and worse when the jury convicted cop Derek Chauvin of murder—this photo is for you. Since these creatures live in the Amazon Rainforest, you’ll probably never see one in this life, but if by some chance […]

Flamingos and mud

Flamingos and mud

Marty’s photo of the day #3583: One of my regrets from the travels for my first book, “Cool Creatures, Hot Planet: Exploring the Seven Continents,” was that digital cameras were just becoming popular, and I made some poor camera choices for a few of the trips. Instead of trying to save a few bucks, I […]

Spanish Ibex

Spanish Ibex

Marty’s photo of the day #3582: Today we travel to the western side of Spain for a little Spanish ibex action.

Monday Morning Toad

Monday Morning Toad

Marty’s photo of the day #3581: Your Monday Morning Toad.

To the top of Canada!

To the top of Canada!

Marty’s photo of the day #3580: Deb and I have renewed our passports in anticipation of reprising our epic trip to the top of Canada this fall. Our original trip, documented in my first book, Cool Creatures, Hot Planet: Exploring the Seven Continents, featured me standing in the midst of a pack of howling wolves […]

Brown pelican

Brown pelican

Marty’s photo of the day #3579: Brown pelican, on the Sea of Cortez, in Mexico.

Land leeches and crabs

Land leeches and crabs

Marty’s photo of the day #3578: Growing up in northern Minnesota, I learned that leeches and crabs lived in lakes and rivers. In Borneo’s rainforests, that’s not always the case. Leeches would get into my socks as I backpacked, and if I looked carefully, I’d occasionally find crabs staring at me from large leaves.

Brooks Range glacier

Brooks Range glacier

Marty’s photo of the day #3577: This is an aerial shot of a glacier in the Brooks Range of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

Blue morpho butterfly

Blue morpho butterfly

Marty’s photo of the day #3576: Blue morpho butterflies are pretty with their wings closed. But when they open them—wow! Photographed in Costa Rica.

Ravens

Ravens

Marty’s photo of the day #3575: Ravens at sunrise in Mexico.

The “small” African rock python

The “small” African rock python

Marty’s photo of the day #3574: This is me with the smaller of the two African rock pythons I caught in Zimbabwe. Note: The pythons were quickly released, and the reason I’m wearing a batting glove has nothing to do with the snake. I spilled sticky, boiling sauce on my hand just before leaving for […]

Hang on

Hang on

Marty’s photo of the day #3573: A tiny anole lizard hangs onto a leaf in Costa Rica.

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