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Interesting spider monkey facts

Interesting spider monkey facts

Marty’s photo of the day #2808: Two unusual physical characteristics of spider monkeys are that they have four long fingers and only a vestigial thumb (a full-sized thumb could interfere with swinging from branch to branch), and the females have a large pendulous clitoris that is more visible than the males’ penis, making sexual identification […]

Mangrove crab

Mangrove crab

Marty’s photo of the day #2798: Mangrove crab, photographed in Costa Rica.

Monkey mischief

Monkey mischief

Marty’s photo of the day #2776: Why it’s not a good idea to walk directly underneath a white-faced capuchin monkey. The locals call those big round seeds “donkey balls.” (Photographed in Costa Rica)

Alligator vs Everglades Racer

Alligator vs Everglades Racer

Marty’s photo of the day #2769: I’ll let an excerpt from my second book, Endangered Edens: Exploring the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Costa Rica, the Everglades, and Puerto Rico, explain this shot: What’s that! My eyes widened. An Everglades racer was slithering past my knee, heading for the alligator. “This isn’t going to end well,” […]

Smoky jungle frog

Smoky jungle frog

Marty’s photo of the day #2760: I photographed this smoky jungle frog in the Amazon Rainforest of Peru. Years later, I photographed several more smoky jungle frogs in Costa Rica. Although I have a hunch that, just like the fer-de-lance snakes in the Peru and Costa Rica, the common name for this frog covers species […]

Stripe-throated hermit

Stripe-throated hermit

Marty’s photo of the day #2729: Stripe-throated hermit, photographed in Costa Rica.

Whimbrel and Willet

Whimbrel and Willet

Marty’s photo of the day #2727: Whimbrel and willet, photographed in Costa Rica.

Dolphin food

Dolphin food

Marty’s photo of the day #2727: This school of fish has taken to the air in an attempt to escape a pod of spotted dolphins. (Photographed along the coast of Costa Rica.)

Terns, terns, terns

Terns, terns, terns

Marty’s photo of the day #2726: Here’s a photo from my second book, Endangered Edens: Exploring the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Costa Rica, the Everglades, and Puerto Rico: Terns in the Sea of Cortez (Mexico).

Which is better: nonfiction or fiction?

Which is better: nonfiction or fiction?

Most book authors either write nonfiction or fiction. I started out with nonfiction, publishing Cool Creatures, Hot Planet: Exploring the Seven Continents in 2006 and following up with Endangered Edens: Exploring the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Costa Rica, the Everglades, and Puerto Rico in 2016. After that I switched to fiction, publishing Time Is Irreverent in 2018 […]

The world’s most beautiful brown bird

The world’s most beautiful brown bird

Marty’s photo of the day #2712: Of all the totally brown birds in the world, squirrel cuckoos get my vote for the most beautiful. I took this photo in Costa Rica. This image can also be found in my second book, “Endangered Edens: Exploring the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Costa Rica, the Everglades, and Puerto […]

The deadliest snake in the western hemisphere

The deadliest snake in the western hemisphere

Marty’s photo of the day #2694: Fer-de-lances are the deadliest snakes in the western hemisphere, but they aren’t the most venomous. Others, such as bushmasters, have venom that is more potent. Fer-de-lances kill more people, because they blend in so well with the leaf litter on the forest floor and readily bite if stepped on […]

Damn branch!

Damn branch!

Marty’s photo of the day #2692: This is one of the many toucan photos I shot while hiking in the Costa Rican rainforest. Photographing birds in the rainforest is difficult, because they are often skittish, and branches, like the one at the bottom of this photo, just love to jump in the way at the […]

Oh, you’re venomous. Don’t bite!

Oh, you’re venomous. Don’t bite!

Marty’s photo of the day #2691: In this photo from Costa Rica, I’m holding a brown blunt-headed vine snake. The snake is rear-fanged-venomous, but not deadly. Besides, why would such a cute little thing want to bite me? Actually, just like the venomous cute little banded coral snake from Borneo that actually did bite me, […]

Scarlet macaws

Scarlet macaws

Marty’s photo of the day #2689: Photographing scarlet macaws was one of my goals when I was in Costa Rica. I’d often hear the birds, but they stayed out of sight. Then, on my last morning in the country, I was walking the beach and heard their squawking in the distance. I aimed at a […]

The intelligent alligator

The intelligent alligator

Marty’s photo of the day #2679: I love alligators! Here’s a short blurb from my second book, “Endangered Edens: Exploring the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Costa Rica, the Everglades, and Puerto Rico”: Scientists consider crocodilians, including alligators, to be the most intelligent of the reptiles. Not only can they learn travel patterns of potential prey, […]

Howler Monkey

Howler Monkey

Marty’s photo of the day #2672: High in the trees, a baby howler monkey reaches out. (Photographed in Costa Rica)

Central American Tree Boa

Central American Tree Boa

Marty’s photo of the day #2671: This is a Central American tree boa. Making this photo took multiple attempts, because I was in a kayak on a river in Costa Rica. I’d swing the kayak under the overhanging tree and try to get the shot in focus before the current carried me downstream. Then I’d […]

Canoeing the Jago River

Canoeing the Jago River

Marty’s photo of the day #2648: This is the Jago River in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Deb and I canoed this river all the way across the refuge (some 35 miles) for my book, Endangered Edens: Exploring the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Costa Rica, the Everglades, and Puerto Rico. Here the river is wide, […]

Katydid

Katydid

Marty’s photo of the day #2647: This Katydid is one of the many unusual creatures featured in my second book, “Endangered Edens: Exploring the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Costa Rica, the Everglades, and Puerto Rico.” (Photographed in Costa Rica)

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