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Wolf Track

Wolf Track

Marty’s photo of the day #4049: Wolf track vs. woman’s hand, photographed in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge of Alaska. This photo also appears in my second book, Endangered Edens: Exploring the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Costa Rica, the Everglades, and Puerto Rico.

Red Fox

Red Fox

Arctic ground squirrel

Arctic ground squirrel

Marty’s photo of the day #4012: Arctic ground squirrel. Photographed in Alaska, north of the Arctic Circle.

ANWR caribou

ANWR caribou

Marty’s photo of the day #3691: Today we head far north for this photo of a large male caribou, in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge of Alaska.

Fox on the run

Fox on the run

Marty’s photo of the day #3628: A red fox runs out of a streambed in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge of Alaska.

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.

Nearing the tree line

Nearing the tree line

Marty’s photo of the day #3523: I took this photo north of the Arctic Circle in Alaska. As you can see, the tree line (where trees can no longer grow) is approaching. As I continued north, these scraggly trees would give way to tundra.

Amazing Dall sheep

Amazing Dall sheep

Marty’s photo of the day #3522: I thought about cropping this photo, so you could see the Dall sheep better; then I thought better of it. The sight of these amazing animals on the steep rock face—especially the two that are away from the others—is what makes this photo. (Photographed north of the Arctic Circle, […]

Hyder, Alaska

Hyder, Alaska

Marty’s photo of the day #3340: Welcome to the booming metropolis of Hyder, Alaska!

Heading to ANWR

Heading to ANWR

Marty’s photo of the day #3336: I took this photo from the co-pilot’s seat of a tiny airplane, heading north to the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. That would put me in northern Alaska, on the southern side of the Brooks Range.

Alaska Scenic

Alaska Scenic

Marty’s photo of the day #3279: Today we go scenic, with a photo I took in Alaska, well north of the Arctic Circle.

Northern Alaska

Northern Alaska

Marty’s photo of the day #3188: Here’s a scenic shot from northern Alaska.

The Salmon River, Alaska

The Salmon River, Alaska

Marty’s photo of the day #3130: Annie checks out the Salmon River, just a few miles below the Salmon Glacier. The location is in Alaska, not far from the British Columbia border.

A ball-sucking glacier!

A ball-sucking glacier!

Marty’s photo of the day #3127: In this photo, Deb is at the top (elevation 4,300 feet) of the Salmon Glacier in Alaska. It’s the fifth largest glacier in North America. The following excerpt from my first book, Cool Creatures, Hot Planet: Exploring the Seven Continents, describes our adventure: Unlike other mountain roads I’ve driven, […]

The King of all Rock Ptarmigans

The King of all Rock Ptarmigans

Marty’s photo of the day #3077: You are looking at the King of all Rock Ptarmigans, as he surveys his vast territory in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge of Alaska. (Or he just happened to pose that way for me—I’m not sure.)

Swimming with curious sea lions

Swimming with curious sea lions

Marty’s photo of the day #2904: The other night Deb and I watched one of the BBC Planet Earth specials, where divers were swimming with sea lions off the coast of Alaska. That, of course, reminded me of our similar experience in the Sea of Cortez, and I had to dig up a photo that […]

Crossing the Brooks Range

Crossing the Brooks Range

Marty’s photo of the day #2607: Flying north over the Brooks Range in Alaska is one of the most dangerous flights anywhere. That’s because the tiny airplanes pilots use to land on the tundra in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge barely have enough power to fight the wind blowing south off the Arctic Ocean. I […]

The longest migration on Earth

The longest migration on Earth

Marty’s photo of the day #2594: This is a tiny segment of the Porcupine caribou migration. These caribou migrate between Canada and the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska. Their 800 mile-long migration is the longest of any land animal on Earth. Now that the Republican cult and Rut Leader Trump have opened up the […]

Tiny tundra plants

Tiny tundra plants

Marty’s photo of the day #2587: This is an extreme close-up of tiny tundra plants in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (Alaska).

The story of the Olive Ridley Sea Turtle

The story of the Olive Ridley Sea Turtle

Marty’s photo of the day #2562: I will let a short excerpt from my second book, Endangered Edens: Exploring the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Costa Rica, the Everglades, and Puerto Rico, explain this shot: Shortly after returning to the gulf, we spotted a domed object—roughly the circumference of a trash can lid—on the surface of […]

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