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 […]
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, […]
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 […]
Marty’s photo of the day #3611: Seba’s short-tailed bats, photographed in a tiny abandoned farmhouse, in the rainforest of Costa Rica.
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.
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 […]
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.
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.
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.
Marty’s photo of the day #3192: This is a spider monkey, photographed while exploring a rainforest in Costa Rica.
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 […]
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.
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. […]
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.
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.
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.
Marty’s photo of the day #2864: An Amazon tree boa, photographed in the rainforest of Peru.
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.
Marty’s photo of the day #2813: A teeny tiny unidentified tree frog in a great big rainforest. (Photographed in Peru)
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.