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Posts tagged Sea of Cortez.

Sea lion in the sun

Sea lion in the sun

Marty’s photo of the day #2363: Aah! Another beautiful day on the Sea of Cortez, in Mexico. Just let me sleep.

Sea Lions

Sea Lions

Marty’s photo of the day #2293: Sea Lions in the Sea of Cortez. As soon as Deb and I jumped into the water, they were there with us.

Swimming with a sea lion

Swimming with a sea lion

Marty’s photo of the day #2262: Swimming with a sea lion in the Sea of Cortez (December 2016).

An octopus in hand . . .

An octopus in hand . . .

Marty’s photo of the day #2242: In this photo Deb is holding one of the octopuses we spent time with in the Sea of Cortez. When underwater, octopuses look more substantial than they do above water, where their lack of bones becomes more evident.

Fun with Sea Lions

Fun with Sea Lions

Marty’s photo of the day #2073: I had so much fun swimming with sea lions last year in the Sea of Cortez. Other than being in Antarctica, where the animals had no fear of humans, I can’t think of any other instance where wild animals interacted so easily with people and seemed to genuinely enjoy […]

There’s an octopus on my feet!

There’s an octopus on my feet!

Marty’s photo of the day #2139: Here’s a photo from last December, in the Sea of Cortez. This is an underwater shot of an octopus, sitting on my feet. When I was a kid and got my first camera, I took a bunch of photos of my feet. My dad thought that was horrible, and […]

Gull

Gull

Marty’s photo of the day #2126: I photographed this gull last year on the Sea of Cortez.

The Baja Peninsula and the Sea of Cortez

The Baja Peninsula and the Sea of Cortez

Marty’s photo of the day #2085: The Baja Peninsula and the Sea of Cortez, as it appeared to me from the co-pilot’s seat of our tiny airplane.

Royal Terns

Royal Terns

Marty’s photo of the day #2079: Here’s another shot from the Sea of Cortez: royal terns.

Sea lion close up

Sea lion close up

Marty’s photo of the day #2077: I keep thinking that I’ve run out of presentable photos from my adventure last month in Mexico; then I find another one. Here’s a sea lion, hanging out on a prime rock, in the Sea of Cortez.

Seashells by the seashore

Seashells by the seashore

Marty’s photo of the day #2076: Deb searches for seashells on a desolate Sea of Cortez beach. It’s amazing what you can find, when no one else has been on the beach for days.

An octopus has me by the ankles!

An octopus has me by the ankles!

Marty’s photo of the day #2075: I had to contort to take this photo, as I have an octopus wrapped around my ankles. I’m balancing on my butt, on the floor of the Sea of Cortez, like a V. In other words, both my head and legs are as close together as I can get […]

Poorer and Richer

Poorer and Richer

Marty’s photo of the day #2074: Of all the photos I took while visiting the Sea of Cortez, this one shows the biggest contrast. In the foreground is an old, presumably abandoned barge. Just behind that barge is a yacht owned by Carlos Slim, who is the fourth richest man in the world.

Can you find the octopus eyes?

Can you find the octopus eyes?

Marty’s photo of the day #2064: Can you find the octopus eyes? This photo is from Deb’s and my second octopus adventure, last month in the Sea of Cortez: On this day the air was cold and windy, and the sea was rocking and rolling—causing numerous underwater sandstorms. Soon Deb spotted an octopus, in a […]

Sea of Cortez

Sea of Cortez

Marty’s photo of the day #2062: While in Mexico, Deb and I—along with our new friends, beach dogs Chaco and Toby—went on one of our many hikes. This time we climbed to the top of a hill, littered with volcanic rocks. The footing was sometimes treacherous, but the view of the Sea of Cortez was […]

No getting past the bull

No getting past the bull

Marty’s photo of the day #2058: As mentioned in previous posts, Deb and I swam with sea lions in the Sea of Cortez last month. The sea lions welcomed us into the water, but stepping onto their tiny island was strictly forbidden. This was a sea lion rule, not a human rule. This big bull […]

Swimming with sea lions

Swimming with sea lions

Marty’s photo of the day #2057: Last month I featured an underwater shot from when Deb and I swam with sea lions in Mexico. This is another shot from that adventure. Swimming with the sea lions was so much fun! Especially when they’d come right up to my face—blowing bubbles. Here’s some background info: A […]

Pelican hams

Pelican hams

Marty’s photo of the day #2056: Yesterday I featured a photo of a brown pelican in mid-dive. Today I’m posting another of my favorite brown pelican photos from the Sea of Cortez. Brown pelicans have no concept of cameras, but you sure couldn’t tell that from this shot. The hams!  

Night Heron textures

Night Heron textures

Marty’s photo of the day #2053: For my final photo of 2016, I go artsy. This is an immature night heron. The bird is perched on an old, rusty, presumably abandoned barge on the Bahía de los Ángeles waterfront (a tiny village on the Sea of Cortez). I love all the textures and shapes going […]

Now you see it. Now you don’t.

Now you see it. Now you don’t.

Marty’s photo of the day #2052: Earlier this month, when Deb and I were snorkeling in the Sea of Cortez, we saw more than just octopuses and sea lions. The area we were in had tons of sting rays. We knew sting rays liked to hide on the sea floor, but seeing them actually do […]

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