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Tiger leeches attack!

Tiger leeches attack!

Marty’s photo of the day #3677: When Deb and I backpacked through the rainforest of Borneo, tiger leeches, posed like this one, were an uncommon sight. That’s because we usually didn’t see them until they grabbed onto us, worked their way through our socks, and started draining us of our blood. Fortunately, tiger leeches don’t […]

Mountain wildflowers

Mountain wildflowers

Marty’s photo of the day #3660: This photo of mountain wildflowers in Montana dates back to 2002. I shot it with my first digital camera: a Sony Mavica CD400 that recorded onto a CD. Though it was heavy and slow, that camera had a high-quality lens and did an amazing job on still subjects. Also, […]

What makes a snake the “most deadly”?

What makes a snake the “most deadly”?

Marty’s photo of the day #3651: What makes a snake the “most deadly”? This is a fer-de-lance—a snake many consider the deadliest snake in the Western Hemisphere. Some snakes, such as a bushmaster, have more potent venom, but fer-de-lances are difficult to see in the rainforest and are easily stepped on. When that happens, their […]

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.

Land leeches and crabs

Land leeches and crabs

Marty’s photo of the day #3578: Growing up in northern Minnesota, I learned that leeches and crabs lived in lakes and rivers. In Borneo’s rainforests, that’s not always the case. Leeches would get into my socks as I backpacked, and if I looked carefully, I’d occasionally find crabs staring at me from large leaves.

Borneo frog

Borneo frog

Marty’s photo of the day #3426: So many animals on the island of Borneo are still unknown to science, and sometimes the difference between species is subtle. I photographed this frog while on a night hike, deep inside Borneo’s rainforest. As near as I can tell, this is most likely a brown marsh frog or […]

Look down. No! Look up.

Look down. No! Look up.

Marty’s photo of the day #3396: When hiking in the rainforest, it’s always important to look down, so you don’t accidently step on a venomous snake. Then again, it’s important to look up too. In this photo, I’m in the rainforest of Borneo, standing underneath a Wagler’s pit viper.

Rainforest Boardwalk

Rainforest Boardwalk

Marty’s photo of the day #3305: Here’s and artsy photo that first appeared in my second book, Endangered Edens: Exploring the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Costa Rica, the Everglades, and Puerto Rico. It’s an old, rotten boardwalk in the Costa Rican rainforest.

Borneo’s comb-crested agamid lizard

Borneo’s comb-crested agamid lizard

Marty’s photo of the day #3296: We head to the rainforest of Borneo for this photo of a male comb-crested agamid lizard. Only the male lizards sport the comb-crest.

Spider monkey

Spider monkey

Marty’s photo of the day #3192: This is a spider monkey, photographed while exploring a rainforest in Costa Rica.

An anniversary in the rainforest

An anniversary in the rainforest

Marty’s photo of the day #3191: Being self-employed often means seldom taking a vacation. Before Deb and I traveled to all seven continents in four years, we had gone ten years without taking a vacation, other than occasional long-weekend backpacking trips. Even then, our seven continents of adventures were technically work, because I turned them […]

Colorful bamboo

Colorful bamboo

Marty’s photo of the day #3171: I hadn’t realized how brightly colored bamboo could be, until I saw it growing wild in the rainforests of Borneo.

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. […]

Borneo Walking Stick

Borneo Walking Stick

Marty’s photo of the day #3021: I photographed this walking stick while backpacking with the Iban (a tribe once famous for headhunting), deep in Borneo’s rainforest.

Toucan

Toucan

Marty’s photo of the day #3006: Toucans are difficult to photograph in the rainforest. They’re skittish and there always seems to be a tree branch blocking the view. Here’s one I photographed while hiking in Costa Rica.

Kuching, Kuching

Kuching, Kuching

Marty’s photo of the day #2986: When Deb and I traveled to the island of Borneo, we spent a night in the city of Kuching before heading out on our rainforest backpacking trip. This is the city at night, photographed from the balcony of our hotel room.

Amazon Tree Boa

Amazon Tree Boa

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

Costa Rican plungers

Costa Rican plungers

Marty’s photo of the day #2831: I bet you’ve always wondered. Where do plungers come from? I solved that mystery when I found them growing in the rainforest of Costa Rica.

A little frog in a great big wilderness

A little frog in a great big wilderness

Marty’s photo of the day #2813: A teeny tiny unidentified tree frog in a great big rainforest. (Photographed in Peru)

Costa Rican Bamboo Palm

Costa Rican Bamboo Palm

Marty’s photo of the day #2728: I only saw one of these while hiking in the rainforest of Costa Rica, and I’ve had a hell of a time identifying it. I did a little more research this morning and am reasonably sure it’s a Costa Rican bamboo palm. The bees sure loved it.

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