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Posts tagged Sea of Cortez.

Brown Pelicans

Brown Pelicans

Marty’s photo of the day #2908: Brown pelicans on a tiny island in the Sea of Cortez.

Swimming with curious sea lions

Swimming with curious sea lions

Marty’s photo of the day #2904: The other night Deb and I watched one of the BBC Planet Earth specials, where divers were swimming with sea lions off the coast of Alaska. That, of course, reminded me of our similar experience in the Sea of Cortez, and I had to dig up a photo that […]

Beach dog: why photos are better than videos

Beach dog: why photos are better than videos

Marty’s photo of the day #2901: While both videos and pictures have their place, if I had to choose, I’d go with the latter. A single photo can bring back so many memories—so many emotions! This is a photo I took from the yurt Deb and I rented along the Sea of Cortez in Mexico […]

Octopus time warp

Octopus time warp

Marty’s photo of the day #2875: In this photo, I’m enjoying the company of an octopus, in the Sea of Cortez. If you look closely you can see one of the octopus’s eyes and its siphon (which is what gives it jet propulsion to “fly” through the water). Note how wrinkled my fingers are. Spending […]

Girl on the rocks

Girl on the rocks

Marty’s photo of the day #2873: Proving that Maxfield Parrish missed painting the finest “girl on the rocks,” this sea lion relaxes on a beautiful day in the Sea of Cortez.

Heermann’s Gull

Heermann’s Gull

Marty’s photo of the day #2836: This is a Heermann’s gull, photographed along the shore of the Sea of Cortez.

Curious sea lion

Curious sea lion

Marty’s photo of the day #2794: Swimming with a curious sea lion in the Sea of Cortez.

I’m in charge!

I’m in charge!

Marty’s photo of the day #2787: There’s no doubt who is in charge here. (Sea lions, photographed in the Sea of Cortez.)

Oystercatcher

Oystercatcher

Marty’s photos of the day #2762: This is an American oystercatcher. One of the many stunning bird species I photographed along the Sea of Cortez in Mexico.

Don’t forget to check for octopuses

Don’t forget to check for octopuses

Marty’s photo of the day #2669: When swimming in the Sea of Cortez, it’s always good to periodically check for octopuses. Hmm . . . I seem to have one stuck to my chest.

Brown Pelicans

Brown Pelicans

Marty’s photo of the day #2659: Brown pelicans along he Sea of Cortez (Mexico).

Crabs

Crabs

Marty’s photo of the day #2643: Two crabs, photographed with my underwater camera, along the coast of the Sea of Cortez.

Sea Lion

Sea Lion

Marty’s photo of the day #2602: Here’s a sea lion that I photographed near an island in the Sea of Cortez.

Relaxing with an octopus

Relaxing with an octopus

Marty’s photo of the day #2589: Don’t mind me. I’m just relaxing on the floor of the Sea of Cortez with an octopus on my feet. Hmm . . . has the octopus fallen asleep?

Pacific loon

Pacific loon

Marty’s photo of the day #2588: This is a Pacific loon, photographed on a stream that was just about to dump into Mexico’s Sea of Cortez.

Sea lions

Sea lions

Marty’s photo of the day #2555: Sea lions and a bonus gull. (Photographed in the Sea of Cortez)

Octopus petting

Octopus petting

Marty’s photo of the day #2554: Okay, this shot gets extra points for difficulty. I’m sitting on the floor of the Sea of Cortez; I have an octopus sitting atop my feet; I’m petting the octopus with one hand and holding the camera with the other. The water was shallow, and waves were splashing, so […]

How to spot an octopus

How to spot an octopus

Marty’s photo of the day #2548: How hard is it to spot an octopus? You are looking at one right now. Photographed in the Sea of Cortez. Hint: Look dead center, and you will see an octopus eye.

Pelican in blue

Pelican in blue

Marty’s photo of the day #2526: It’s artsy photo day. This is a brown pelican that I photographed over the Sea of Cortez. The bird was in focus, but the sun washed out much of the scene. So I darkened the photo and increased the vibrancy while boosting the blues that were already there. Because […]

Swimming with sea lions

Swimming with sea lions

Marty’s photo of the day #2513: I’ll never forget having the privilege of swimming with sea lions in the Sea of Cortez. They were such curious creatures—and they loved to demonstrate the proper way to swim. I’m sure they were wondering: Why can’t I move with such dexterity and grace?

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