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Iquitos town square

Iquitos town square

Marty’s photo of the day #4025: This is the town square of Iquitos, Peru. Shot at night, using the infrared setting on my camera.

Yagua boys where . . .

Yagua boys where . . .

Marty’s photo of the day #3998: Yagua boys, in the Amazon Rainforest of Peru. There, they and their families live among poisonous snakes, giant spiders, jaguars, and piranhas—and no one is so baby-ass-insecure that they feel the need to own an assault rifle for “personal protection.”

Blending in

Blending in

Marty’s photo of the day #3997: Leaf-mimic mantis, photographed in the Amazon Rainforest of Peru.

Whip-scorpion photo shoot

Whip-scorpion photo shoot

Marty’s photo of the day #3978: For the cover of the first edition of my first book, Cool Creatures, Hot Planet: Exploring the Seven Continents, my wife, Deb, took over two hundred photos of me with tailless whip-scorpions crawling up my face. Even though we switched covers after the first edition sold out, traveling back […]

Leaf-mimic katydid

Leaf-mimic katydid

Marty’s photo of the day #3977: Leaf-mimic katydid, photographed in the Amazon Rainforest of Peru.

Poison dart frog and tadpoles

Poison dart frog and tadpoles

Marty’s photo of the day #3955: Poison dart frog, carrying tadpoles in the Amazon Rainforest of Peru.

Monkey frog

Monkey frog

Marty’s photo of the day #3949: Monkey frog, photographed in the Amazon Rainforest of Peru.

Leaf-mimic mantis

Leaf-mimic mantis

Marty’s photo of the day #3948: Leaf-mimic mantis, photographed in the Amazon Rainforest of Peru.

Amazon River floodplain

Amazon River floodplain

Marty’s photo of the day #3935: Houses along the Amazon River floodplain (Iquitos, Peru).

Rainy season kayaking

Rainy season kayaking

Marty’s photo of the day #3924: Deb and I traveled to the Amazon Rainforest of Peru twice—once in the dry season and once in the rainy season. I shot this photo while kayaking through the forest in the rainy season. The water below my kayak was roughly four feet deep. If I were in the […]

The finer points of bubble blowing

The finer points of bubble blowing

Marty’s photo of the day #3910: For anyone who could use a happy picture today, this is my wife, Deb Essen, introducing Yagua children to the finer points of bubble blowing. (Photographed in the Amazon Rainforest of Peru)

A frog with character

A frog with character

Marty’s photo of the day #3906: This Amazon Rainforest frog has so much character. At one time I had the species identified, but I can’t seem to find it this morning. We’ll just call him Fred. (Photographed in Peru)

Real life in fiction

Real life in fiction

Marty’s photo of the day #3903: To-date, I have written three nonfiction books and three science-fiction books. Additionally, I am almost finished with my seventh book. This one will be another science-fiction political-comedy. Even when I write fiction, I draw on personal experiences and factual events. In one of the adventures in my new book, […]

Black tarantula

Black tarantula

Marty’s photo of the day #3897: I think the number one mistake amateur wildlife photographers make isn’t improper camera settings, it’s shooting from too high of an angle. If you want to take effective wildlife photos, you must be willing to get down and dirty at the level of your subject. Also, ditch the smartphone […]

Bubbles!

Bubbles!

Marty’s photo of the day #3885: When visiting the Amazon Rainforest it’s tradition to bring T-shirts and other small gifts for the native people. When Deb and I go, we not only bring T-shirts, but we also bring harmonicas and bubbles. The children, especially, appreciate getting something unique that others don’t bring. In this photo, […]

Velvet Swampsnake

Velvet Swampsnake

Marty’s photo of the day #3873: I am holding a velvet swampsnake with one hand and photographing it using the other. This was one of the mellowest snakes I met while in the Amazon Rainforest of Peru. Someone from the Yagua tribe brought the snake to our camp, and I traded a T-shirt for it. […]

Amazon River

Amazon River

Marty’s photo of the day #3866: Low clouds over the Amazon River in Peru.

Missionary abuse

Missionary abuse

Marty’s photo of the day #3865: The novel I am working on is by far the funniest of the seven books I have written. Despite the humor, I also deal with serious subjects. In one of the adventures, my protagonists travel back in time to stop a Christian missionary, who is abusing native peoples. I […]

Leaf-Mimic Mantis

Leaf-Mimic Mantis

Marty’s photo of the day #3843: Leaf-mimic mantis, photographed in the Amazon Rainforest of Peru.

Only the most . . .

Only the most . . .

Marty’s photo of the day #3837: Only the most dedicated tree huggers need apply. (Photographed in the Amazon Rainforest of Peru)

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