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A penguin parable

A penguin parable

Marty’s photo of the day #3007: To the average person this is just a group of penguins. So let me—an expert in penguin politics—interpret this photo for you, which I smuggled in from a Russian research facility on Antarctica: There are both Adélie and gentoo penguins in this image. For years the gentoos have had […]

Humpback Whale

Humpback Whale

Marty’s photo of the day #3005: Humpback whale along the coast of Antarctica.

Paying attention to the Arctic

Paying attention to the Arctic

Marty’s photo of the day #2987: My recent photos of the day have taken us to Africa, North America, Central America, the southern tip of South America, Antarctica, Australia, and Asia. My apologies to the Arctic for ignoring it. Let’s go there now. In this photo, I’m standing on a tiny island in the Arctic […]

South America’s tip

South America’s tip

Marty’s photo of the day #2985: What does the tip of South America look like, when you approach it via boat, from Antarctica? Now you know!

The curious chick

The curious chick

Marty’s photo of the day #2980: We had a strict rule on our Antarctica expedition: we could not approach any animal closer than fifteen feet. The animals, on the other hand, didn’t have such rules, and they could approach us as close as they wanted to. In this photo, a curious gentoo penguin chick has […]

Rainy season kayaking

Rainy season kayaking

Marty’s photo of the day #2936: During the rainy season in the Amazon Rainforest, the waters rise practically beyond belief. In this photo, my wife, Deb, and friend Laurel are in a spot that would be solid ground in the dry season. And in many such places, we couldn’t touch bottom with our kayak paddles. […]

Female elephant seals

Female elephant seals

Marty’s photo of the day #2925: These are female elephant seals, molting. I photographed them on a tiny island off the coast of Antarctica.

Penguins say Happy Father’s Day, Mother’s Day, and LGBTQ Pride Month

Penguins say Happy Father’s Day, Mother’s Day, and LGBTQ Pride Month

Marty’s photo of the day #2923: Happy Father’s Day! One thing about penguins is that you can’t easily tell their sex by looks or behavior. Is this really a daddy penguin feeding his chick? Or is it a mommy penguin feeding her chick? I could use this same photo to wish people a Happy Mother’s […]

Iceberg portal

Iceberg portal

Marty’s photo of the day #2917: Today we go artsy again, with a photo I took looking through an iceberg to a mountain on Antarctica.

To the top of the world!

To the top of the world!

Marty’s photo of the day #2877: For yesterday’s photo of the day, we were in Antarctica. Today we go from the bottom of the world to the top of the world for this female Lapland longspur that I photographed in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

Antarctica tops my list

Antarctica tops my list

Marty’s photo of the day #2876: When I speak at colleges, students always ask which of the seven continents I enjoyed visiting the most. When I say “Antarctica,” they’re always surprised. While every continent has its share of amazing physical features, there’s just something about Antarctica’s massive blue icebergs that make the continent extra-special.

Fur seal sparring match

Fur seal sparring match

Marty’s photo of the day #2874: I photographed these fur seals on an island off the coast of Antarctica. The day was foggy, still, and quiet. The seals were calm until they saw me. Then they broke into an impromptu sparring match—their roars slicing through the silence. Show-offs!

Leopard Seal

Leopard Seal

Marty’s photo of the day #2865: Greetings from Bremerton, WA (near Seattle). I have 3:00 pm show today at Olympic College. If you are nearby, come see the show! One of the animals I talk about in “Around the World in 50 Minutes” is a leopard seal. Here’s one that I photographed off the coast […]

Waiting for mom

Waiting for mom

Marty’s photo of the day #2861: A gentoo penguin chick watches the ocean, waiting for mom or dad to come home. (Photographed on an island off the coast of Antarctica)

Roller coaster at sea

Roller coaster at sea

Marty’s photo of the day #2839: In this photo, I’m on the bridge of the Russian ship, the Professor Multanovskiy, sailing between Antarctica and South America. A storm has come up, and we are on a massive roller coaster ride—diving into wave troughs, climbing back atop the crest, and then doing it all over again. […]

Hanging with the penguins

Hanging with the penguins

Marty’s photo of the day #2828: Hanging out with the gentoo penguins on one of the many islands off Antarctica’s coast.

The Antarctica coast

The Antarctica coast

Marty’s photo of the day #2827: Icebergs on a cloudy Antarctica evening.

Antarctica or Montana?

Antarctica or Montana?

Marty’s photo of the day #2818: I took this photo a few minutes ago, peering out the back window wall of our house. As you can see looking down the hill, penguins have moved in. Looking down further you can see . . . how did a ship get in my backyard? Okay, I grabbed […]

Iceberg dead ahead!

Iceberg dead ahead!

Marty’s photo of the day #2789: “Iceberg! Dead ahead! Turn! Turn!” (Photographed off the coast of Antarctica—and we didn’t come close to hitting it.)

Why I will never visit Japan

Why I will never visit Japan

Marty’s photo of the day #2785: I will never visit a country that supports whaling. So no Japan for me! Their withdrawal from the International Whaling Commission to resume commercial whaling for the first time in 31 years is reprehensible. Today’s photo is of an old whaling dinghy, stuck in volcanic ash, on Deception Island, […]

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