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Camp Desolation

Camp Desolation

Marty’s photo of the day #3986: When Deb and I canoed across the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, campsites became less and less desirable as we neared the Arctic Ocean. This one was my least favorite. We called it Camp Desolation, because it featured little more than hard, rocky ground and biting wind off the Arctic […]

Camp Desolation

Camp Desolation

Marty’s photo of the day #3629: For this photo I’m looking south, with the Brooks Range in the distance and the Arctic Ocean to my back. The blue tent is Deb’s and mine. We crossed the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, canoeing the Jago River from the base of the mountains to the Arctic Ocean. At […]

Flying to ANWR

Flying to ANWR

Marty’s photo of the day #3459: I took this photo from the co-pilot’s seat. Here’s what it looks like when you are heading north, toward the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska. This is one of the most dangerous flights in the world, because the tiny airplane has to fight a headwind coming off the […]

Camp Desolation

Camp Desolation

Marty’s photo of the day #3441: When Deb and I canoed across the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, we found some beautiful places to camp, but as we neared the Arctic Ocean those beautiful spots gave way to hard, barren ground. I named this spot “Camp Desolation.” Our tent is the blue one.

Beware of the tussocks!

Beware of the tussocks!

Marty’s photo of the day #3140: I took this photo while hiking in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Far in the distance (about 30 miles), is the Arctic Ocean. Hiking on the tundra is tricky, because the tussocks (clumps of grass) are unstable, and if you step on them wrong, you can sprain or break […]

Looking way north

Looking way north

Marty’s photo of the day #3097: I took this photo from a tiny airplane on an extremely windy day. We had just lifted off from Barter Island, which is the land mass you see in the middle, and we are about to head south over the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and the Brooks Range. This […]

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 […]

The Jago River

The Jago River

Marty’s photo of the day #2972: You are looking at the Jago River in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Here the river is frozen, but a few miles to the north, the river drops onto the Arctic Coastal Plain and begins to flow. That’s where Deb and I got into a canoe and paddled the […]

Heading to ANWR

Heading to ANWR

Marty’s photo of the day #2881: I originally featured this picture in my second book, Endangered Edens: Exploring the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Costa Rica, the Everglades, and Puerto Rico. I shot this from the co-pilot’s seat of a little airplane on what is almost certainly the most dangerous flight in North America. We’re heading […]

Fox on the tundra

Fox on the tundra

Marty’s photo of the day #2780: I’ll let a short excerpt from my second book, Endangered Edens: Exploring the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Costa Rica, the Everglades, and Puerto Rico, explain this shot from the a few miles south of the Arctic Ocean: We watched with binoculars, as the fox zigzagged across the tundra, apparently […]

Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

Marty’s photo of the day #2717: Here’s a scenic shot from the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. In this photo, I’m facing south, toward the Brooks Range, and the Arctic Ocean is to my back, about thirty miles away. This is way too far north for trees—so there’s nowhere to hide if you have to go […]

Animals A to Z. The Letter F

Animals A to Z. The Letter F

Marty’s photo of the day #2617: 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. F is for Fox. I photographed this red fox in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Deb and I were canoeing toward the Arctic Ocean when we spotted […]

First ever photo of a tundra taipan!

First ever photo of a tundra taipan!

Marty’s photo of the day #2501: You are looking at the rarest snake in the world—the elusive tundra taipan! Scientists didn’t believe that snakes could survive north of the Arctic Circle until I documented it with this photograph, taken less than a mile from the Arctic Ocean. It is believed that the tundra taipan’s venom […]