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Amazon floodplain

Amazon floodplain

Marty’s photo of the day #2900: I haven’t posted a scenic photo for a while, so here’s one of the floodplain along the Amazon River in Peru.

Take flight

Take flight

Marty’s photo of the day #2899: It’s artsy photo day! A female goldeneye duck takes flight on a partiality frozen lake in Yellowstone National Park.

When a bear and photographer meet in the woods

When a bear and photographer meet in the woods

Marty’s photo of the day #2898: I try not to post the same species too often, but there are so many photos that I love from the bear encounter while hiking in Yellowstone National Park that I can’t let languish on my hard drive. I had a lightweight telephoto lens on my camera when the […]

The smaller of the two pythons

The smaller of the two pythons

Marty’s photo of the day #2896: This is me, with the smaller of the two African rock pythons that I caught in Zimbabwe. If you’re wondering why I am wearing a batting glove, it has nothing to do with the snake. On the day before I left for Africa, I spilled boiling, sticky sauce on […]

View from my writing room

View from my writing room

Marty’s photo of the day #2895: This was the view from the picture window in my writing room early this morning. The sun was rising on the opposite side of the house, making the trees glow, while Gash Peak was in the clouds. Sure Montana has twice elected a body-slammer Congressman, and we even sent […]

Brown pelicans in flight

Brown pelicans in flight

Marty’s photo of the day #2895: Here’s a photo from my second book, “Endangered Edens: Exploring the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Costa Rica, the Everglades, and Puerto Rico.” Brown pelicans in flight.

Imagine a frosty face

Imagine a frosty face

Marty’s photo of the day #2894: My favorite bison photos are those taken in the winter, when they are white with frost. I plan to go to Yellowstone National Park in the winter sometime soon. In the meantime, here’s an extreme close-up for you. Just imagine how much cooler he’d be with a frosty face.

Mother and foal

Mother and foal

Marty’s photo of the day #2893: Early each morning I go on a bike ride (I live on a steep mountain hill, so it’s my daily workout), and each morning brings me a new sight. It could be a bear, a moose, a deer, an elk, or even a groundhog. The last few mornings, I’ve […]

Mammoth Hot Springs

Mammoth Hot Springs

Marty’s photo of the day #2892: Photographing Yellowstone National Park’s geological features in a way that is different from how everyone else does it is a challenge. This is Mammoth Hot Springs, one of the park’s must-sees. I did my best to make my photo unique, by capturing the hot springs and snow together and […]

The Jaws swim

The Jaws swim

Marty’s photo of the day #2891: Last week I posted two stories about the two pairs of goldeneye ducks I watched in Yellowstone National Park, fighting over a small open section of an ice-covered lake, so I won’t repeat them here. But this photo shows the most humorous part of the fight (no ducks were […]

Artsy hot springs

Artsy hot springs

Marty’s photo of the day #2888: I haven’t posted an artsy photo for a while, so here’s a close-up of the cooling water from one of the geothermal vents at Mammoth Hot Springs in Yellowstone National Park.

Happy Mother’s Day

Happy Mother’s Day

Marty’s photo of the day #2887: Happy Mother’s Day! (Photographed last weekend in Yellowstone National Park)

The prettier bear

The prettier bear

Marty’s photo of the day #2886: Yesterday, I shared a story about essentially hiking into two black bears in a narrow Yellowstone National Park valley. The photo (see #2885) with that post showed the male bear, with a black coat. This photo shows his companion, with a brown coat. This bear didn’t stand up to […]

Bear-ly too close

Bear-ly too close

Marty’s photo of the day #2885: Last weekend, in Yellowstone National Park, we were going to hike up an old-favorite closed road that Deb and I had hiked before. Then I spotted an unmarked trail going off to the side and suggested we follow it instead. The trail went into a narrow valley and eventually […]

Goldeneye battle royal Pt 2

Goldeneye battle royal Pt 2

Marty’s photo of the day #2884: Here’s another from the goldeneye duck battle royal I photographed last Saturday after hiking to Trout Lake in Yellowstone National Park. At first I was disappointed, because the lake was frozen, and we saw no signs of wildlife. But at the far end of the lake was a small […]

The pronghorn with the curly eyebrows

The pronghorn with the curly eyebrows

Marty’s photo of the day #2885: While in Yellowstone National Park this past weekend, I had two experiences where I stood stationary while an animal approached closer and closer, to the point that I’d never before been so close to that species in the wild. Later this week, I’ll share the bear close encounter. Today, […]

The cooperative coyote

The cooperative coyote

Marty’s photo of the day #2884: While in Yellowstone National Park this past weekend, I saw a wolf at the top of a mountain, looking down on two grizzly bears with a kill. The wolf was gone before I could focus my camera, and the grizzlies were beyond the effective range on my telephoto lens. […]

The battle of the goldeneyes

The battle of the goldeneyes

Marty’s photo of the day #2883: Every time Deb and I visit Yellowstone National Park, we experience something amazing—and it’s not necessarily the wolves or the grizzlies. This past Saturday we hiked up to Trout Lake, which we had to ourselves. At first I was disappointed because the lake was frozen and we saw no […]

Black bear standing

Black bear standing

Marty’s photo of the day #2882: I don’t often miss posting a photo of the day, but Deb, Fiona, and I are in Yellowstone National Park, and yesterday morning we were up early to drive into the Lamar Valley. Now is the time when the locals do Yellowstone, because you can see the park before […]

Heading to ANWR

Heading to ANWR

Marty’s photo of the day #2881: I originally featured this picture in my second book, Endangered Edens: Exploring the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Costa Rica, the Everglades, and Puerto Rico. I shot this from the co-pilot’s seat of a little airplane on what is almost certainly the most dangerous flight in North America. We’re heading […]

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