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Behind the screen

Behind the screen

Marty’s photo of the day #3202: I call this photo from the Amazon Rainforest of Peru “Behind the Screen.” This morning as I scrolled through my photos, deciding what to post, it struck me as a metaphor for what is happening here in the United States, where Trump and his wealthy corporate advisers are pushing […]

Wrong number!

Wrong number!

Marty’s photo of the day #3198: Phew! I was worried there for a moment. I thought it was ARACHNID-19, but it was only ARACHNID-18. (Photographed in the Amazon rainforest of Peru)

Yagua Village

Yagua Village

Marty’s photo of the day #3182: This is a Yagua village Deb and I visited on the Rio Orosa (a tributary of the Amazon River), in the Amazon Rainforest of Peru. Every time we stopped by a village, excited children would greet us as we pulled ashore.

Polka-dot tree frog

Polka-dot tree frog

Marty’s photo of the day #3175: This is a polka-dot tree frog, photographed in the Amazon Rainforest of Peru.

Whipsnake

Whipsnake

Marty’s photo of the day #3165: Here’s a whipsnake that I photographed in the Amazon Rainforest of Peru.

Velvety swamp snake

Velvety swamp snake

Marty’s photo of the day #3156: In this photo, taken in the Amazon Rainforest of Peru, I am holding a velvety swamp snake (Liophis typhlus). She was quite docile.

Borneo at nightt

Borneo at nightt

Marty’s photo of the day #3135: Whether Deb and I were in the rainforests of Peru, Costa Rica, Borneo, or Australia, night hikes were always among the best parts of our adventures. Each night, after dark, we’d head out looking for snakes, frogs, lizards, arachnids, and insects that looked like they were from another planet. […]

Greetings from New York

Greetings from New York

Marty’s photo of the day #3062: Greetings from New York! I am here all week on a college speaking tour. Here’s a photo from my show, Around the World in 90 Minutes. This is a spectacled caiman, photographed in the Amazon Rainforest of Peru. When full-grown, this little cutie will reach 8 feet in length.

Poison Dart Frog

Poison Dart Frog

Marty’s photo of the day #3033: Poison dart frog. Photographed in the Amazon Rainforest of Peru.

Amazon tree boa camouflage

Amazon tree boa camouflage

Marty’s photo of the day #3029: Amazon tree boa, photographed in the Amazon Rainforest of Peru.

Amazon lizard

Amazon lizard

Marty’s photo of the day #3028: I photographed this beautiful lizard deep in the Amazon Rainforest of Peru. When I tried to identify it, I came up with multiple possibilities. It could be one of those, or none of those. So I’m punting on the ID this time.

For my wife

For my wife

Marty’s photo of the day #3013: I can’t believe it! Deb and I have been married 35 years as of today. This is one of my favorite photos of her, and here’s why: I could never be married to a woman who wasn’t intelligent, outspoken, brave, and adventurous. I wish you could have seen how […]

Hard times for reincarnation believers

Hard times for reincarnation believers

Marty’s photo of the day #3010: With the recent deaths of David Koch and Jeffrey Epstein, it’s getting harder and harder for those who believe in reincarnation to feel good about snacking on barbecued grubs sold by street vendors in Peru. I mean, how do you know who you might be eating? You gotta admit, […]

Watching you

Watching you

Marty’s photo of the day #2959: I’m watching Robert Mueller testify in front of the House of Representatives this morning. Do Republicans have no shame? (That was a rhetorical question.) While I watch the proceedings, I’ll leave this monkey frog to watch you. (Photographed in the Amazon Rainforest of Peru)

The bullet ant encounter

The bullet ant encounter

Marty’s photo of the day #2958: I photographed this bullet ant in the Amazon Rainforest of Peru. According to multiple studies, the bullet ant is the most venomous insect in the world, and it delivers the world’s most painful sting. If you’ve read my first book, Cool Creatures, Hot Planet: Exploring the Seven Continents, you […]

Heading up the Amazon

Heading up the Amazon

Marty’s photo of the day #2920: Laurel Pfund and Deb Essen—enjoying a beautiful day, heading up the Amazon River in Peru.

Conehead katydid

Conehead katydid

Marty’s photo of the day #2902: Here’s a conehead katydid, photographed in the Amazon Rainforest of Peru.

Amazon floodplain

Amazon floodplain

Marty’s photo of the day #2900: I haven’t posted a scenic photo for a while, so here’s one of the floodplain along the Amazon River in Peru.

Amazon Tree Boa

Amazon Tree Boa

Marty’s photo of the day #2864: An Amazon tree boa, photographed in the rainforest of Peru.

One badass frog

One badass frog

Marty’s photo of the day #2862: Monkey frogs are my favorite species of frog. They are pretty fearless, they don’t feel like frogs (they feel waxy), and they aren’t really even shaped like frogs. I photographed this beauty in the Amazon Rainforest of Peru.

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