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Monthly archives for December, 2021

End of the River, Borneo

End of the River, Borneo

Marty’s photo of the day #3851: This is the end of the navigable AI River in Borneo. It was here that Deb and I stepped out of our canoes and embarked on an epic backpacking trip with the Iban tribe. We were only the third outsiders ever to hike the Red Ape Trail, and our […]

The bat-catcher

The bat-catcher

Marty’s photo of the day #3850: A Puerto Rican boa hangs out in a cave, waiting for a bat to fly by. Yes, these boas snatch bats right out of the air! (Photographed in Puerto Rico)

Nobody expects . . .

Nobody expects . . .

Marty’s photo of the day #3849: Nobody expects the Spanish ibex! (Photographed in Spain)

Leopard

Leopard

Marty’s photo of the day #3848: Sneaking up on a leopard in Zimbabwe. When I shot this photo, the sun had already set, so I didn’t have much light to work with. Back home, I lightened it as much as I could in my computer without changing the colors. Although leopards are not an endangered […]

The European Church Tour, Pt 4

The European Church Tour, Pt 4

Marty’s photo of the day #3847: Each year around Christmas, I dig into my photos of the great old churches I photographed in Europe. That way Christians can enjoy them for their religious significance, creative people can enjoy them for their artistic beauty, and atheists can enjoy them for the irony by pointing out, “In […]

The Eurpean Church Tour, Pt 3

The Eurpean Church Tour, Pt 3

Marty’s photo of the day #3846: As has become a tradition, each year around Christmas, I dig into my photos of the great old churches I photographed in Europe. That way Christians can enjoy them for their religious significance, creative people can enjoy them for their artistic beauty, and atheists can enjoy them for the […]

The European Church Tour, Pt 2

The European Church Tour, Pt 2

Marty’s photo of the day #3845: As has become a tradition, each year around Christmas, I dig into my photos of the great old churches I photographed in Europe. That way Christians can enjoy them for their religious significance, creative people can enjoy them for their artistic beauty, and atheists can enjoy them for the […]

The European Church Tour, Pt 1

The European Church Tour, Pt 1

Marty’s photo of the day #3844: As has become a tradition, each year around Christmas, I dig into my photos of the great old churches I photographed in Europe. That way Christians can enjoy them for their religious significance, creative people can enjoy them for their artistic beauty, and atheists can enjoy them for the […]

Leaf-Mimic Mantis

Leaf-Mimic Mantis

Marty’s photo of the day #3843: Leaf-mimic mantis, photographed in the Amazon Rainforest of Peru.

Mother Nature’s Clean-up

Mother Nature’s Clean-up

Marty’s photo of the day #3842: The remains of an old whaling ship, destroyed by Mother Nature. Go Mother Nature! Photographed on Deception Island (near Antarctica).

Black and white for a day

Black and white for a day

Marty’s photo of the day #3841: This is the creek below Deb’s and my house after yesterday’s snowstorm. It’s almost as if—just for a day—the world turned black and white.

Great egret

Great egret

Marty’s photo of the day #3840: Great egret, photographed in the Everglades.

In love with snow

In love with snow

Marty’s photo of the day #3839: I’ve always had dogs in my life, but none have enjoyed the snow as much as Nellie does. Whenever we have new snow, she’ll run through the forest surrounding our house, exclaiming in her own language: “Look at all this white stuff! It’s everywhere! Oh, this white stuff is […]

Spider Monkey

Spider Monkey

Marty’s photo of the day #3838: Spider monkey, photographed in Costa Rica.

Only the most . . .

Only the most . . .

Marty’s photo of the day #3837: Only the most dedicated tree huggers need apply. (Photographed in the Amazon Rainforest of Peru)

Great old churches make me wonder . . .

Great old churches make me wonder . . .

Marty’s photo of the day #3836: This is a small part of the Santa Maria del Fiore (the Florence Cathedral) in Florence, Italy. It is the third largest church in the world. I love all the great old Catholic churches in Europe, with their spectacular architecture and artwork. Still, every time I admire these great […]

Man-eating flower

Man-eating flower

Marty’s photo of the day #3835: One of the giant man-eating flowers* of the Amazon Rainforest. (Photographed in Peru) (*Fact provided by Q, so you know it’s true.)

Weddel seal

Weddel seal

Marty’s photo of the day #3834: A Weddell seal enjoying a beautiful day along the coast of Antarctica.

Young alligator

Young alligator

Marty’s photo of the day #3833: A young alligator, photographed in the Everglades.

You can see for miles!

You can see for miles!

Marty’s photo of the day #3832: Not all of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge is this flat, but it gets like this as you move north and approach the Arctic Ocean. This untouched photo shows just how light it stays in late June. I shot it at 3:00 in the morning! Also note how far […]

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