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The Jesus Christ lizard

The Jesus Christ lizard

Marty’s photo of the day #3639: Don’t you just love the long rear claws of this Jesus Christ lizard? These lizards are named as such, because when they are young, they have the ability to run across small bodies of water—using only their hind legs. This large Jesus Christ lizard would sink. (Photographed in Costa […]

Fred the eyelash viper

Fred the eyelash viper

Marty’s photo of the day #3617: This is Fred, a baby eyelash viper. He hung out on a large leaf, near the front door of our cabin, the entire time Deb and I were in Costa Rica.

It’s a baby howler monkey!

It’s a baby howler monkey!

Marty’s photo of the day #3614: Here’s a little Sunday morning cuteness, as a baby howler monkey looks down from high in a tree. (Photographed in Costa Rica)

Farmhouse bats

Farmhouse bats

Marty’s photo of the day #3611: Seba’s short-tailed bats, photographed in a tiny abandoned farmhouse, in the rainforest of Costa Rica.

Toucan

Toucan

Marty’s photo of the day #3596: Toucan in the rainforest of Costa Rica.

Blue morpho butterfly

Blue morpho butterfly

Marty’s photo of the day #3576: Blue morpho butterflies are pretty with their wings closed. But when they open them—wow! Photographed in Costa Rica.

Hang on

Hang on

Marty’s photo of the day #3573: A tiny anole lizard hangs onto a leaf in Costa Rica.

Central American agouti

Central American agouti

Marty’s photo of the day #3553: Today’s photo comes from Costa Rica. This is a Central American agouti—a rodent that can weigh up to nine pounds.

Skittish macaws

Skittish macaws

Marty’s photo of the day #3549: This won’t go down as my most crisp photo, but macaws are skittish. I had been trying to photograph them for the entire week I was in Costa Rica, and I finally got close enough for a few shots on the morning of my departure.

Brown Pelicans

Brown Pelicans

Marty’s photo of the day #3547: Brown pelicans along the coast of Costa Rica.

James Bond Point

James Bond Point

Marty’s photo of the day #3544: I came across this spot while kayaking along the coast of Costa Rica. I dubbed it “James Bond Point.” Can’t you see James Bond (preferably played by anyone other than Daniel Craig) in a speedboat chase scene, racing through this spot? At the last moment Bond would lunge up […]

Eyelash viper

Eyelash viper

Marty’s photo of the day #3541: Eyelash viper, photographed in Costa Rica.

Creatures of the night

Creatures of the night

Marty’s photo of the day #3515: Whenever I’m in a region of the world with a rainforest, my favorite thing to do is wait until dark and then head out with a flashlight. Often the creatures of the night look like they are from another planet. Here’s a katydid from one of my night hikes […]

Young howler/old howler

Young howler/old howler

Marty’s photo of the day #3493: I haven’t posted any photos from Costa Rica for a while, so here’s a young howler monkey. Speaking of howlers . . . . Just one more day of the biggest crybaby howler of them all, Donald Trump!

Toucan

Toucan

Marty’s photo of the day #3464: A high-resolution version of this toucan photo appears in my second book, Endangered Edens: Exploring the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Costa Rica, the Everglades, and Puerto Rico. (Photographed in Costa Rica.)

41 more days . . .

41 more days . . .

Marty’s photo of the day #3456: Never has the time between the Presidential Election in Inauguration Day moved so slowly. We still have 41 more days of the most incompetent, selfish, evil president in American history. All this waiting is making me crabby. (Photographed in Costa Rica)

Great curassow

Great curassow

Marty’s photo of the day #3447: This is a female great curassow, photographed in Costa Rica.

Costa Rica tropical forest

Costa Rica tropical forest

Marty’s photo of the day #3446: Costa Rica tropical forest scenic.

Signed Marty Essen Books!

Signed Marty Essen Books!

Avoid the Black Friday Crowds. Signed books make special gifts! For a limited time, I’m offering free U.S. shipping on all signed books and will also include a free signed copy of Endangered Edens with every purchase of two or more books. All books are Amazon #1 best-sellers in their respective categories. Here are the […]

The killer pelican

The killer pelican

Marty’s photo of the day #3439: The attack of the killer brown pelicans! I’m kind of pissed that I cut off the top of this pelican’s head, but humorous photos don’t need to be perfect. Photographed in Costa Rica.

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