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Posts tagged 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?

The lone blue-footed booby

The lone blue-footed booby

Marty’s photo of the day #2499: I photographed this blue-footed booby on a tiny island in the Sea of Cortez. This was the only blue-footed booby I saw the entire time I was in Mexico. I would have been so pissed if she wasn’t in focus.

Curious sea lions

Curious sea lions

Marty’s photo of the day #2413: Swimming with curious sea lions in the Sea of Cortez.

Cormorants

Cormorants

Marty’s photo of the day #2399: Cormorants on the Sea of Cortez. Don’t you just love their bright blue eyes?

Is it a brown pelican or a Pterodactyl?

Is it a brown pelican or a Pterodactyl?

Marty’s photo of the day #2396: Oh, we’re going to get artsy again today. This is a brown pelican (or perhaps a Pterodactyl) diving into the Sea of Cortez at sunset.

Cormorant take-off!

Cormorant take-off!

Marty’s photo of the day #2393: Cormorant take-off on the Sea of Cortez.

Sunset on the Sea of Cortez

Sunset on the Sea of Cortez

Marty’s photo of the day #2381: Sunset on the 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 […]

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