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Posts tagged Sea of Cortez.

It looks fake

It looks fake

Marty’s photo of the day #3177: This is a night heron, taking off along the Sea of Cortez. It’s also one of my weirdest shots from Mexico. Doesn’t it look like I just digitally placed the bird into the scene?

Sea lion swimming lesson

Sea lion swimming lesson

Marty’s photo of the day #3168: I didn’t do well when this sea lion gave me a swimming lesson. I totally failed on the swimming upside-down while holding my breath for more than ten minutes part. (Photographed in the Sea of Cortez, Mexico)

Hangin’ with an octopus

Hangin’ with an octopus

Marty’s photo of the day #3150: Just sittin’ on the floor of the Sea of Cortez, with a very mellow octopus on my feet. Oh, did she fall asleep? (Photographed in Mexico)

Double-crested cormorant

Double-crested cormorant

Marty’s photo of the day #3071: This is a double-crested cormorant, photographed on a little island in the Sea of Cortez. Gotta love the white head-plumage!

The sea lions can’t wait!

The sea lions can’t wait!

Marty’s photo of the day #3052: These sea lions are waiting on a tiny island in the Sea of Cortez with great anticipation. As soon as Deb and I dropped into the water with our snorkel gear, they were in with us. It was one of the few times I’ve observed wildlife where the observee […]

Crab art

Crab art

Marty’s photo of the day #3051: Crab art, photographed along the 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?

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