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Photo of the Day – Thirsty Monkey – Bali, IndonesiaWhen was the last time you saw a monkey break into someone’s purse, rip out a bottle of water, swiftly spin off the plastic cap and chug every last drop water in a matter of seconds? These little mischievous criminals put on quite the spectacle at entrances to many of the popular tourist sites in Bali.
It’s all fun and games at the moment, but I fear that someday they will learn the value of my iPhone and snap it right out of my hand and take it up into the trees. I’m guessing they’d place a call shortly thereafter with a ransom demand for a truckload of bananas!
Photo of the Day – High Altitude Grazing – Near Colca Canyon, PeruDead asleep in the back row of a jam-packed, nasty smelling van is where I found myself moments before this paradise flashed before me. Our Colca Canyon hike was over and we were driving through the frigid cold Andes air several thousand meters above where we slept the previous night.
The van pulled over to the side of the road and I was instantly awoken when the keys turned left and cut the engine. Sleepy eyed and shivering, I stepped down out of the van and smiled at the beautiful scene in front of me. There was a herd of Alpaca enjoying the fresh greenery growing across the Andean hillside.
Photo of the Day – Dragon Vision – Galapagos Islands, EcuadorWhile nobody books a vacation to the Galapagos to hang out with the pesty dragonflies, they sure are a lot of fun to try to take pictures of and a welcome break from photographing all of those other boring animals like penguins, seals, lizards, tortoises, iguanas and the endless number of colorful birds
Photo of the Day – Sneaky American Alligator – Everglades – Near Miami, USAMost people who visit Miami spend their days stretched out on the bikini-clad beaches and their nights soaking up the latest beats in the steamy clubs. Next time you make a visit, I highly recommend taking a break from the surreal South Beach scene to spend a few hours exploring one of America’s greatest wonders – the Florida Everglades. There is nothing like a high speed airboat ride across the expansive subtropical wetlands to cure you from the previous night’s sins. Here is a picture of an American Alligator that I took on my first tour of the Everglades back in 2009.
Photo of the Day – “Dingo Ate My Baby” – Fraser Island, AustraliaA couple of years back Will and I joined a group of people traveling up the Eastern Australian coast for a weekend camping on Fraser Island. We spent the days traveling in 4x4s along the sandy island beaches and the nights ran long into the night partying with our new international friends to the sound of the ocean waves crashing in. There are lots of memories that I have in my head from that fun experience, but perhaps the most interesting was living amongst hundreds of wild, pure dingoes. Do you know where the “Dingo Ate My Baby” quote was most famously used?
Photo of the Day – A Single Swallow-tailed Gull Egg – Galapagos, EcuadorWe came across this beautiful Swallow-tailed Gull during one of our daily morning group walks we took on our tour of the Galapagos Islands earlier this year. The endemic seabird stood motionless above her single egg, allowing me plenty of time to get a great shot!
Photo of the Day – Giant Belly Flop – Kenai Fjords NP, Alaska, USAI can’t say enough about our full day boat trip exploring the Kenai Fjords National Park just south of Anchorage in Alaska. The nine hour boat trip yielded perhaps the most abundant and diverse array of animals that I have ever seen in my life. Puffins, orca (killer whales), seals, bald eagles, sea otters and so much more!
On the tail end of the trip as we were sailing back to the dock, a massive 70,000 pound gray whale breached the surface of the water near our boat, staying still in the air long enough for me to snap this shot before its belly came crashing down into the ocean making a splash big enough to empty most city pools.
Photo of the Day – Big Boobie Egg – Galapagos Islands, EcuadorOnly in the Galapagos can you get this close to an exotic tropical bird hovering inches above its incubating egg. Hopefully you are not getting bored of my Galapagos animal pictures yet (here, here, here and here). I’m going to keep working them in until someone following AV becomes convinced and books a trip to the Galapagos!
Photo of the Day – Darwin’s Yellow Finch – Galapagos Islands, EcuadorThe Galapagos Islands offer much more to look at than just sea lions, turtles and big exotic birds. Finches play a very large, albeit quiet role in the Galapagos. The diverse types of little finches spread over the island are not only beautiful to the eye but they are the foundation of Darwin’s theory of evolution. I spotted this colorful yellow finch hanging out on the beach watching the waves crash into the Galapagos sand.
Photo of the Day – Baby Croc on the Daintree River – Queensland, AustraliaDuring our trip to Cairns, Australia to venture out on the Great Barrier reef, we also took a road-trip North through the Daintree Rainforest and up to Cape Tribulation. One of the tours you can take (and we did!) along the way is a boat tour on the Daintree River which is famous for its wildlife – specifically Crocodiles.
There was quite a bit of wildlife on the tour including snakes, birds and crocodiles – unfortunately we only saw baby crocodiles including this little guy.