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Turkey Vulture

Turkey Vulture

Marty’s photo of the day #2443: Turkey vulture, photographed on the Baja Peninsula of Mexico.

Mexican sunset

Mexican sunset

Marty’s photo of the day #2313: It occurred to me this morning that I’ve shot photos in way too many areas that have been hit by natural disasters within the past month: Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico, and Mexico. I’ve also shot a bunch of photos in Washington, DC, but I’d have to classify those as […]

Crab Art

Crab Art

Marty’s photo of the day #2237: Crab art, photographed along the Baja Peninsula.

Giant Cardón Cactus

Giant Cardón Cactus

Marty’s photo of the day #2069: This is one of the many giant cardón cactuses that I photographed last year on the Baja Peninsula.

Sea Lions

Sea Lions

Marty’s photo of the day #2056: Sea Lions, photographed last December on the Baja Peninsula.

The Cactus-climbing starfish

The Cactus-climbing starfish

Marty’s photo of the day #2142: The rare and endangered cactus-climbing starfish was, perhaps, my best find last year while hiking on Mexico’s Baja Peninsula. Very few people ever get the chance to see this unusual animal in the wild, as they’re quite shy. Also, as a photographer, I had to approach with caution. Spooking […]

The Baja Peninsula and the Sea of Cortez

The Baja Peninsula and the Sea of Cortez

Marty’s photo of the day #2085: The Baja Peninsula and the Sea of Cortez, as it appeared to me from the co-pilot’s seat of our tiny airplane.

Black-crowned night-heron

Black-crowned night-heron

Marty’s photo of the day #2081: Here’s one of my favorite black-crowned night-heron photos, from last month on the Baja Peninsula.

American oystercatcher

American oystercatcher

Marty’s photo of the day #2067: Here’s another photo from the Baja Peninsula. I love the orange eyes of the American oystercatcher.

Beach Dogs

Beach Dogs

Marty’s photo of the day #2066: When I was on the Baja Peninsula in Mexico last month, my best friends were Chaco and Toby. Both dogs were rescued from bad situations as puppies and now enjoy good lives hanging out on the beach and at the eco-lodge we stayed at. Toby and I especially bonded. […]

Go Gulls!

Go Gulls!

Marty’s photo of the day #2061: The beachside yurts we stayed in last month on the Baja Peninsula had little spikes on their roofs to deter birds from landing. These Heermann’s gulls refused to let humans dictate where they could not land. And that was just fine with me. Go gulls!

Birds in flight

Birds in flight

Marty’s photo of the day #2059: I enjoy the challenge of photographing birds in flight. It’s so difficult to get them in perfect focus! This black-crowned night-heron was one of several successful in-flight images I captured last month on Mexico’s Baja Peninsula.

Pacific Loon

Pacific Loon

Marty’s photo of the day #2050: I photographed this Pacific loon in a river, along the coast of the Baja Peninsula. This was the only Pacific loon I saw while in Mexico. I love how the white speckles on her wings seem to produce their own light.

Cactus Spines

Cactus Spines

Marty’s photo of the day #2047: As I hiked around in the Baja Peninsula desert, I was amazed at all the different species of cactus I saw. Apparently more than a dozen species thrived in the area we visited. The time of year was wrong to find many beautiful blooms, but here’s a close-up of […]

Yay! A week without Donald Trump news.

Yay! A week without Donald Trump news.

Marty’s photo of the day #2044: Here’s a sunrise view of where Deb and I stayed two weeks ago. Because I want to protect the octopuses’ privacy, I’m not going to publicly name the place (although if you are dying to go there, just email me, and I will let you know). However, I will […]

Stalking the vulture

Stalking the vulture

Marty’s photo of the day #2041: Here’s more from our early December Baja Peninsula adventure: Every morning my new best buddies, Chaco and Toby, joined me for a sunrise hike across the desert. This time we spotted a turkey vulture in the distance, atop a giant cardón cactus (the world’s tallest species of cactus). The […]

Dog and human heaven

Dog and human heaven

Marty’s photo of the day #2040: Yesterday I wrote about the two beach dogs we befriended earlier this month in Mexico. Both Chaco (next to Deb) and Toby (next to me) were rescued from unfortunate situations when they were pups. They were brought to the remote place we stayed at, and they now enjoy happy, […]

Ravens in the morning

Ravens in the morning

Marty’s photo of the day #2039: If you’ve read either of my books, you know that Deb and I have had some great adventures together. But since I’m a morning person, and she’s not, I usually fit in a morning hike while she sleeps in. Last week two “beach dogs,” Chaco and Toby (more on […]

Swimming with sea lions: what an experience!

Swimming with sea lions: what an experience!

Marty’s photo of the day #2036: I had never planned a photo months in advance before, but when Deb and I booked last week’s trip to the Baja Peninsula—and learned we’d have a significant chance of swimming with sea lions in the Sea of Cortez—this was the image I had hoped to capture. In fact, […]

The Octopus Gods favored us!

The Octopus Gods favored us!

Marty’s photo of the day #2035: Sy Montgomery is an author friend of mine, whose latest book is The Soul of an Octopus. Deb and I had read her excellent book before our trip last week to the Baja Peninsula and the Sea of Cortez. Consequently we were inspired to seek out octopuses. Our expectations […]

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