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What you always wanted to know about Iquitos

What you always wanted to know about Iquitos

Marty’s photo of the day #2592: Today’s photo certainly isn’t the prettiest one I’ve posted, but it provides the answer to a question that’s difficult to answer without local help: What do the rooftops look like in Iquitos, Peru? Luckily, Deb and I befriended a motorcar taxi driver, who took us to the parent’s house […]

Water Taxi

Water Taxi

Marty’s photo of the day #2557: This is one of the more sea-worthy water taxis on the Amazon River. Or it could be a Peruvian naval destroyer . . . I’m not sure.

The children of the Amazon

The children of the Amazon

Marty’s photo of the day #2392: This is me (about 20 pounds heavier than I am now) handing out sugar free gum to children along the Amazon River. I chose this photo before the results of the Senate election in Alabama were announced, and I had written a great taunt to Roy Moore about how […]

The Belén District of Iquitos, Peru,

The Belén District of Iquitos, Peru,

Marty’s photo of the day #2239: I stood on the roof of a house, in the Belén District of Iquitos, Peru, to take this photo. This is the poor section of town, as it is on the Amazon River floodplain. Just to the left is the Amazon River.

Leaving Iquitos

Leaving Iquitos

Marty’s photo of the day #2234: I took this photo as Deb and I departed Iquitos, Peru to commence a 70 mile-long journey down the Amazon River to a research station. Iquitos has a population of 300,000 people, and there are no roads in or out of the city. The only way to get to […]

The Amazon River Boys

The Amazon River Boys

Marty’s photo of the day #2020: Good morning from The Amazon River Boys! I call them “The Amazon River Boys,” because I took this photo along an Amazon River tributary. But now that I think about it, these boys are cute enough that in a few years they could be in a boy band teenage […]

Amazon River taxi

Amazon River taxi

Marty’s photo of the day #1946: This is an Amazon River taxi on a stormy day.

Amazon Sunset

Amazon Sunset

Marty’s photo of the day #1940: Sunset on the Amazon River.

Water Taxi

Water Taxi

Marty’s photo of the day #1684: This photo won first place in a contest many years ago, before either of my books were published. I no longer enter contests and wouldn’t even consider this photo to be among my best anymore. Still, it’s a thought-provoking shot. I took it from our boat as we passed […]

Fun on the Amazon River

Fun on the Amazon River

Marty’s photo of the day #1655: Fun on the Amazon River! Two Yagua boys race to meet the wake of our boat. And if they hit it just right, they’ll capsize and come up laughing.  

Swimming with Piranhas

Swimming with Piranhas

Marty’s photo of the day #1499. It’s Book Excerpts Week, featuring an excerpt from my first book, “Cool Creatures, Hot Planet: Exploring the Seven Continents,” and a corresponding photo (that may or may not be from the book): Splassssshhhhhh! “The water feels great!” shouted Devon, looking up at Deb and me from the river. “You […]

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