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Animals A to Z. The Letter R

Animals A to Z. The Letter R

Marty’s photo of the day #2629: 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. R is for Rhinoceros Beetle. At only three inches long, the rhinoceros beetle is considered by some to be the world’s strongest animal. Tests have shown it […]

Animals A to Z. The Letter O

Animals A to Z. The Letter O

Marty’s photo of the day #2626: 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. O is for Orangutan. Orangutans are the world’s largest tree-dwelling animals. In the Malay language, orangutan means “man of the forest.” Considering that they share 96.4 percent […]

Animals A to Z. The Letter D

Animals A to Z. The Letter D

Marty’s photo of the day #2615: 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. D is for Dragonfly. Borneo has one of the most exotic, under-explored rainforests in the world. There are so many creatures there that have evolved differently than […]

Borneo walking stick

Borneo walking stick

Marty’s photo of the day #2524: Borneo is an island of walking sticks. Here’s one of the many I found while night-hiking there.

Foremost authority on comb-crested agamid lizards?

Foremost authority on comb-crested agamid lizards?

Marty’s photo of the day #2520: I photographed this female comb-crested agamid lizard on the island of Borneo. How do I know she’s a female? The males have a much larger comb crest. And that’s about all I know about these lizards. However, as I was typing this, I Googled the lizards’ name to make […]

Scary times ahead?

Scary times ahead?

Marty’s photo of the day #2505: It’s unsettling to know that some of the things I wrote about in Time Is Irreverent, depicting America in 2056 as a theocracy, are starting to come true. Yesterday, Donald Trump signed a memorandum to deploy the National Guard along the Mexican border. In my book, the guards are […]

The giant moths are coming!

The giant moths are coming!

Marty’s photo of the day #2457: I photographed this giant moth while night-hiking on the island of Borneo. Fortunately, it was unsuccessful at picking me up and carrying me to its lair.

Honoring endangered species, part 4

Honoring endangered species, part 4

Marty’s photo of the day #2405. This week marks the 44th Anniversary of the signing of the Endangered Species Act. Since today’s Republicans would rather worship money than do something for the greater good, it’s possible that this might be the last anniversary of the ESA. With that in mind, this week I’m featuring photos […]

Feeding the local leeches

Feeding the local leeches

Marty’s photo of the day #2385: This is one of those shots that is technically imperfect, but gets points for effort. I was on the island of Borneo and had spent the better part of an hour gaining the confidence of a troop of maroon langurs (also called leaf monkeys). When the langurs were on […]

Borneo flower

Borneo flower

Marty’s photo of the day #2380: Here’s one of the many unusual flowers I found while backpacking in Borneo’s rainforest. Sorry, but I don’t have an identification for this one.

Borneo Mushrooms

Borneo Mushrooms

Marty’s photo of the day #2365: Rainforest mushrooms on the island of Borneo.

Orangutan

Orangutan

Marty’s photo of the day #2358: Here’s an orangutan, photographed on the island of Borneo.

An orange slime worm beats an orange slime ball every time!

An orange slime worm beats an orange slime ball every time!

Marty’s photo of the day #2341: Yesterday, I posted a photo of a gorgeous orange caterpillar that I photographed on the island of Borneo. In response, Cheryl Bruso commented: “Oh man beautiful picture but every time I see orange I think of . . . well, you know. Do slugs and leaches come in the color orange […]

Borneo Caterpillar

Borneo Caterpillar

Marty’s photo of the day #2340: Here’s some intense color for your Thursday. (Photographed on the island of Borneo)

Alone . . . in the dark

Alone . . . in the dark

Marty’s photo of the day #2305: I photographed these orphaned baby orangutans while night-hiking through an orangutan rehabilitation facility in Borneo. These babies were supposed to be secured in pens at night, but they had escaped. And obviously the idea of escaping was much more exciting than the reality of heading for the rainforest, alone, […]

Borneo Tree Frog

Borneo Tree Frog

Marty’s photo of the day #2277: This is an unidentified green tree frog that I photographed while backpacking deep in Borneo’s rainforest.

Why did the elephant cross the road?

Why did the elephant cross the road?

Marty’s photo of the day #2235: Why did the elephant cross the road? (Photographed on the island of Borneo).

Pig-tailed macaque

Pig-tailed macaque

Marty’s photo of the day #2206: When I photographed this pig-tailed macaque on the island of Borneo, the first thought that came to my mind was, “I know where the creators of Star Trek got the idea for Spock’s ears.

The rain in Borneo . . .

The rain in Borneo . .  .

Marty’s photo of the day #2080: Deb’s and my first stop, before leaving on our Borneo backpacking trip with the Iban tribe, was the city of Kuching. This short excerpt from my first book, Cool Creatures, Hot Planet: Exploring the Seven Continents, explains the scene: Hand in hand, we strolled across the street to the […]

Bad Feet in Borneo

Bad Feet in Borneo

Marty’s photo of the day #2140: Yesterday, I posted an underwater photo of an octopus, sitting on my feet, and wrote: “When I was a kid and got my first camera, I took a bunch of photos of my feet. My dad thought that was horrible, and threatened to take my camera away. If he […]

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