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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 […]

Fur Seal

Fur Seal

Marty’s photo of the day #2343: I photographed this fur seal on Deception Island, which is off the coast of Antarctica. Many people consider fur seals to be the animal with the most luxurious coat in the world. Because of that, sealers slaughtered them their pelts, and these beautiful animals almost went extinct. Fortunately, fur […]

Global warming deniers don’t want you to know this

Global warming deniers don’t want you to know this

Marty’s photo of the day #2332: When I speak at colleges, this is one of the photos I use when discussing global warming. Disingenuous Republican global warming deniers use the ice cube example to “prove” that the melting ice caps won’t raise sea levels. In that example, you fill a glass full of water and […]

Leopard seal

Leopard seal

Marty’s photo of the day #2308: A leopard seal along the coast of Antarctica.

Humpbacks along Antarctica

Humpbacks along Antarctica

Marty’s photo of the day #2294: This is the cost of Antarctica. And if you look closely, you will see two humpback whales.

A penguin feeds her chick

A penguin feeds her chick

Marty’s photo of the day #2292: This morning has been a busy one, with a bunch of work-related issues that needed immediate attention. Consequently, I’m late with my photo of the day. And when I’m rushed, I always go to the stable of penguin photos on my hard drive. Let’s see . . . how […]

I can see for miles!

I can see for miles!

Marty’s photo of the day #2284: I prefer not to argue with people on Facebook, but the best way to bait me into an argument is with wild theories—especially conspiracy theories. This week, after a fourth Navy ship in 2017 was involved in an accident in the Asian Pacific, a person argued on one of […]

Wandering albatross

Wandering albatross

Marty’s photo of the day #2261: Note to self: The next time the bird with the widest wingspan in the world flies over you, be prepared with a wider-angle lens. (Photographed off the coast of Antarctica. Wandering albatrosses have an eleven foot-wide wingspan.)

The penguin star

The penguin star

Marty’s photo of the day #2255: I’m so excited! My editor is ready to start on my new book, “Time is Irreverent.” Consequently, I have been spending the last several days going through the book one more time. I know it won’t happen, but whenever I finish a book, I still fantasize that my editor […]

Tropical Berg, Ronald F’ing Reagan

Tropical Berg, Ronald F’ing Reagan

Marty’s photo of the day #2244: Today’s photo is dedicated to the 2,239 square mile iceberg that broke off of Antarctica earlier this week. Scientists have named the iceberg A68, but since global warming is melting Antarctica at an alarming rate, I suggest that we start naming giant icebergs after those who have contributed the […]

Yay nature!

Yay nature!

Marty’s photo of the day #2229: When I took this photo, I was standing inside the caldera of a volcano, at Deception Island, near Antarctica. Ocean water fills the much of the interior of the Deception Island volcano, and there used to be a whaling station there. Fortunately, Mother Nature destroyed the whaling station with […]

Fur Seal

Fur Seal

Marty’s photo of the day #2149: Here’s one of my favorite fur seal photos. I took it on an island off the coast of Antarctica. These seals almost went extinct, due to over-hunting. Fortunately, international protection arrived just in time, and the seals have made a nice comeback.  

The leopard seal couch

The leopard seal couch

Marty’s photo of the day #2133: Here’s an Antarctica scenic shot, with a leopard seal on the perfect ice couch. What you can’t see in this photo is another leopard seal circling (underwater in this photo), and trying to take over the couch, without success.

Penguins in the fog

Penguins in the fog

Marty’s photo of the day #2113: Photographing in thick fog is difficult, as it confuses camera metering and focusing. Here’s a photo I was able to save of a gentoo penguin chick and mother, on an island, just off the coast of Antarctica.

Antarctica at night

Antarctica at night

Marty’s photo of the day #2101: Seasons in the Southern Hemisphere are the opposite of the Northern Hemisphere. I took this photo of the coast of Antarctica in February 2003, at three in the morning. Because of the time of year, there was always some light. Still, standing on the deck of our tiny ship, […]

Humpback Whale

Humpback Whale

Marty’s photo of the day #2094: Humpback whale, photographed off the coast of Antarctica.

Fur Seals Sparing

Fur Seals Sparing

Marty’s photo of the day #2090: Greetings from the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport. I am on my way to Georgia (I have a show tomorrow at University of North Georgia). My connecting flight leaves soon. I just have time to post this photo I took on an island off the coast of Antarctica: fur seals […]

Checked out by a leopard seal

Checked out by a leopard seal

Marty’s photo of the day #2029: This is not an earless dog in a swimming pool; this is a leopard seal surfacing near our Zodiac (rubber raft) off the coast of Antarctica. Leopard seals have a reputation for being aggressive, but they weren’t that way with us. They would surface, take a look at us, […]

Under the wave

Under the wave

Marty’s photo of the day #2026: The Drake Passage lies between the southern tip of South America and Antarctica. It’s famous for having the roughest seas in the world. While returning from Antarctica in our tiny ship, the Professor Multanovskiy, Deb and I got a taste of those seas when we hit a storm. I […]

An Antarctic beauty

An Antarctic beauty

Marty’s photo of the day #2025: I photographed this humpback whale along the coast of Antarctica.

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