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Blending in

Blending in

Marty’s photo of the day #3997: Leaf-mimic mantis, photographed in the Amazon Rainforest of Peru.

Whip-scorpion photo shoot

Whip-scorpion photo shoot

Marty’s photo of the day #3978: For the cover of the first edition of my first book, Cool Creatures, Hot Planet: Exploring the Seven Continents, my wife, Deb, took over two hundred photos of me with tailless whip-scorpions crawling up my face. Even though we switched covers after the first edition sold out, traveling back […]

Leaf-mimic katydid

Leaf-mimic katydid

Marty’s photo of the day #3977: Leaf-mimic katydid, photographed in the Amazon Rainforest of Peru.

Monkey frog

Monkey frog

Marty’s photo of the day #3949: Monkey frog, photographed in the Amazon Rainforest of Peru.

Leaf-mimic mantis

Leaf-mimic mantis

Marty’s photo of the day #3948: Leaf-mimic mantis, photographed in the Amazon Rainforest of Peru.

Rainy season kayaking

Rainy season kayaking

Marty’s photo of the day #3924: Deb and I traveled to the Amazon Rainforest of Peru twice—once in the dry season and once in the rainy season. I shot this photo while kayaking through the forest in the rainy season. The water below my kayak was roughly four feet deep. If I were in the […]

The finer points of bubble blowing

The finer points of bubble blowing

Marty’s photo of the day #3910: For anyone who could use a happy picture today, this is my wife, Deb Essen, introducing Yagua children to the finer points of bubble blowing. (Photographed in the Amazon Rainforest of Peru)

A frog with character

A frog with character

Marty’s photo of the day #3906: This Amazon Rainforest frog has so much character. At one time I had the species identified, but I can’t seem to find it this morning. We’ll just call him Fred. (Photographed in Peru)

Black tarantula

Black tarantula

Marty’s photo of the day #3897: I think the number one mistake amateur wildlife photographers make isn’t improper camera settings, it’s shooting from too high of an angle. If you want to take effective wildlife photos, you must be willing to get down and dirty at the level of your subject. Also, ditch the smartphone […]

Velvet Swampsnake

Velvet Swampsnake

Marty’s photo of the day #3873: I am holding a velvet swampsnake with one hand and photographing it using the other. This was one of the mellowest snakes I met while in the Amazon Rainforest of Peru. Someone from the Yagua tribe brought the snake to our camp, and I traded a T-shirt for it. […]

Leaf-Mimic Mantis

Leaf-Mimic Mantis

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

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)

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.)

A girl and her pygmy marmoset

A girl and her pygmy marmoset

Marty’s photo of the day #3829: This is a Yagua girl and her pygmy marmoset, photographed in a tiny village, deep in the Amazon Rainforest of Peru.

Amazon Lizard

Amazon Lizard

Marty’s photo of the day #3822: A gorgeous lizard, photographed in the Amazon Rainforest of Peru.

Monkey frog

Monkey frog

Marty’s photo of the day #3800: Monkey frog, photographed in the Amazon Rainforest of Peru.

Amazon Tree Boa

Amazon Tree Boa

Marty’s photo of the day #3795: Amazon tree boa, photographed in the Amazon Rainforest of Peru.

Rainy season kayaking

Rainy season kayaking

Marty’s photo of the day #3782: Visiting the Amazon Rainforest during the rainy season is quite different from visiting during the dry season. I took this photo while kayaking through the rainforest in the rainy season. The water beneath me was at least six feet deep. Had I been in the same spot in the […]

Seed-pod canoe

Seed-pod canoe

Marty’s photo of the day #3773: I found this seed pod, creating its own miniature canoe, while exploring the Amazon Rainforest of Peru.

Giant ceiba borer beetle

Giant ceiba borer beetle

Marty’s photo of the day #3713: This is a giant ceiba borer beetle. Photographed in the Amazon Rainforest of Peru.

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