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Leopard seal

Leopard seal

Marty’s photo of the day #2738:Leopard seal, photographed on a foggy Antarctica day.

Two humpbacks are better than one

Two humpbacks are better than one

Marty’s photo of the day #2720: What’s better than one humpback whale coming over to play? Two humpback whales coming over to play! (Photographed along the coast of Antarctica)

Antarctica scenic with photobomb

Antarctica scenic with photobomb

Marty’s photo of the day #2706: Here’s a nice scenic photo, I took on an Antarctica island. The gentoo penguins cooperated nicely for this shot. A south polar skua provides the photobomb.

Along the Antarctica coast

Along the Antarctica coast

Marty’s photo of the day #2701: Iceberg along the coast of Antarctica.

Hanging out with the whales

Hanging out with the whales

Marty’s photo of the day #2682: What was the highlight of my travels to all seven continents? Spending two hours with three humpback whales (two adults and a baby) along the coast of Antarctica.

Gentoo peguins

Gentoo peguins

Marty’s photo of the day #2681: “Boss. De plane! De plane!” (Gentoo penguins—photographed on Antarctica)

Oh, the hangover!

Oh, the hangover!

Marty’s photo of the day #2673: This is a female elephant seal, on an island off the coast of Antarctica. She looks sick—or like Brett Kavanaugh waking up after a night of light drinking—but she’s perfectly fine. She’s just in the midst of molting.

A bird’s gotta eat

A bird’s gotta eat

Marty’s photo of the day #2661: I climbed up a rocky hill on an Antarctica island to take this photo. This is a south polar skua, looking down on a gentoo penguin colony. What the skua intends to do isn’t pleasant from a human or penguin point of view. But hey, a bird’s gotta eat.

Zigzagging around icebergs

Zigzagging around icebergs

Marty’s photo of the day #2658: Zigzagging around icebergs on a dreary Antarctica day.

Chinstrap penguin

Chinstrap penguin

Marty’s photo of the day #2652: This is a chinstrap penguin, photographed off the coast of Antarctica.

Animals A to Z. The Letter S

Animals A to Z. The Letter S

Marty’s photo of the day #2630: It’s “Animals A thru Z Month.” Each day in August, I will post an animal I’ve photographed—somewhere in the world—in alphabetical order. S is for Seal. Female Antarctic fur seals weigh up to 150 pounds and males up to 460 pounds. Antarctic fur seals were hunted to near extinction, […]

Leopard seal dream

Leopard seal dream

Marty’s photo of the day #2609: This is a leopard seal along the coast of Antarctica. While I have much closer shots of leopard seals, I like the feel of this one. Antarctica never got totally dark while we were there, and I took this shot during the twilight hours, when the colors were dreamlike.

You put your left foot in . . .

You put your left foot in . . .

Marty’s photo of the day #2605: You put your left foot in, you put your left foot out, you put your left foot in, and you shake it all about!   (Gentoo penguins, photographed on Antarctica.)

Writers write what they know

Writers write what they know

Marty’s photo of the day #2576: One advantage I have over other science-fiction writers is that before switching to fiction, I wrote two nonfiction eco-travel books that took me to all seven continents and numerous islands. Even fiction writers write what they know. So in Time Is Irreverent, when Marty Mann and Nellie Dixon went […]

Antarctica at night

Antarctica at night

Marty’s photo of the day #2566: One of my favorite travel experiences was getting up in the middle of the night and being the first person on our little ship to see the coast of Antarctica.

Along the Antarctica coast

Along the Antarctica coast

Marty’s photo of the day #2541: I haven’t posted a scenic shot for a while. This one features a small but tall island on the right and Antarctica on the left.

Playing with humpbacks

Playing with humpbacks

Marty’s photo of the day #2467: When Deb and I visited Antarctica we had several unforgettable, up-close encounters with humpback whales. I took this photo from our Zodiac (a rubber raft). On this outing, two whales played with our Zodiac—coming in above the water fast, diving under us at the last second, and surfacing on […]

Antarctic the beautiful

Antarctic the beautiful

Marty’s photo of the day #2446: In my mind, Antarctica will always be the most beautiful place I’ve ever visited.

Waiting for her mate . . .

Waiting for her mate . . .

Marty’s photo of the day #2438: Waiting for her mate to return. (Photographed on a tiny island off the coast of Antarctica)

And in this corner . . .

And in this corner . . .

Marty’s photo of the day #2423: Fur seals sparring on Aitcho Island, near Antarctica.

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