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The monkey under the mask

The monkey under the mask

Marty’s photo of the day #2371: To me, spider monkeys always look like they are wearing a poorly designed mask for a low budget science-fiction movie. (Photographed in Costa Rica)

Caribou in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

Caribou in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

Marty’s photo of the day #2370: These caribou are in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge—the most pristine and remote region in the United States. In the coming weeks, greedy Republicans will likely open up parts of this refuge to oil drilling. “Praise, Jesus!” they will say, as they rape the land for oil company profits […]

National jewel soon to be poisoned

National jewel soon to be poisoned

Marty’s photo of the day #2369: This is the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge—the most pristine and remote region in the United States. In the coming weeks, greedy Republicans will likely open up parts of this refuge to oil drilling. “Praise, Jesus!” they will say, as they rape the land for oil company profits and political […]

How to call a python

How to call a python

Marty’s photo of the day #2368: Marty Essen, python caller. “Here’s snake! Come here, boy! That’s it. Good boy! Come to daddy!” This technique works equally well with cats. (Photographed in Zimbabwe)

Long-eared owl

Long-eared owl

Marty’s photo of the day #2367: I have tons of long-eared owl photos from several years ago, when I spent a day in the field catching and banding owls with owl researcher Denver Holt. Every once in a while, it’s fun to dig up a new one and post it.

Cuteness!

Cuteness!

Marty’s photo of the day #2366: This may be the least exotic animal I’ve ever photographed, but it may also be the cutest.

Borneo Mushrooms

Borneo Mushrooms

Marty’s photo of the day #2365: Rainforest mushrooms on the island of Borneo.

Deception Island

Deception Island

Marty’s photo of the day #2364: I took this photo inside Deception Island, off the coast of Antarctica. Yes, “inside” is the correct word. Deception Island is actually an active volcano, and you are looking at ocean water in the caldera of that volcano. The only way out, to open ocean, is straight ahead. The […]

Sea lion in the sun

Sea lion in the sun

Marty’s photo of the day #2363: Aah! Another beautiful day on the Sea of Cortez, in Mexico. Just let me sleep.

A hippo is in the way

A hippo is in the way

Marty’s photo of the day #2362: Aah! Another beautiful day, canoeing down the Zambezi River in Zimbabwe! I don’t think I’ll paddle ashore here, however.

Black-necked stilt and American avocet

Black-necked stilt and American avocet

Marty’s photo of the day #2361: This is a black-necked stilt and an American avocet, photographed at Antelope Island, in Utah. I made this photograph two summers ago, and now I have the urge to return to Antelope Island. It really is a wonderful place.

In honor of the ass-kicking. . . .

In honor of the ass-kicking. . . .

Marty’s photo of the day #2360: Last night’s election provided the best political news in, well . . . more that a year. So in honor of the Republicans getting their ass kicked last night, I went in search of a happy political photo on my hard drive. This photo, from 2006, shows me with […]

The curious leopard seal

The curious leopard seal

Marty’s photo of the day #2359: This is leopard seal, and below is a short excerpt from my first book, “Cool Creatures, Hot Planet: Exploring the Seven Continents,” about leopard seals: As inviting as the water looked, its temperature wasn’t the only reason to stay dry—a curious leopard seal had swum over to check us […]

Orangutan

Orangutan

Marty’s photo of the day #2358: Here’s an orangutan, photographed on the island of Borneo.

Hang in there, Martyman!

Hang in there, Martyman!

Marty’s photo of the day #2356: I apologize to Martyman fans. I’m well-aware that he’s been missing from my posts for well over a month. I’ve been so busy putting the final touches on my new book, “Time Is Irreverent,” that I just haven’t had a spare moment to set up any shots. In fact, […]

Momma Badger

Momma Badger

Cactus flower

Cactus flower

Marty’s photo of the day #2354: I photographed this cactus flower in 2013, when I was on a college speaking tour in Arizona. I had completely forgotten about it, until now.

You are the best mom . . .

You are the best mom . . .

Marty’s photo of the day #2353: “You are always there to protect me on the coldest nights and in the thickest fog. You are the best mom in all of Antarctica!”

Better than the Zombie Liar

Better than the Zombie Liar

Marty’s photo of the day #2352: I was going through my photos, trying to come up with something scary to post today, but now that we have a Zombie Liar in the White House, it’s hard to come up with anything creepier. Eventually I came across this leaf mimic katydid from the Amazon Rainforest. It’s […]

Blurry photo captures tribble

Blurry photo captures tribble

Marty’s photo of the day #2351: I moved my motion-sensing camera to a spot I’ve never tried before. The land surrounding our house has tons of animal trails through it, but I never know for sure what animals use a particular trail until I view the photos. This new spot is going to be a […]

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