Best Nature Photos of 2008

Mongabay.com's photographic highlights for the year
Rhett A. Butler
mongabay.com
December 24, 2008





Running mongabay requires the time equivalent of a couple full-time jobs but it also offers opportunities to meet remarkable people and visit some interesting and beautiful places. In addition to writing, I try to take pictures during my travels (when possible). Below are 50 or so of my favorite photos from 2008, although there are many I wasn't able to include. More photos from 2008 and prior years are available at travel.mongabay.com.

I expect 2009 to be another busy travel year with field work planned in Africa, the Americas, and Asia, so this feature will likely become an annual event, running around this time.

Please note: this list only includes photos I took for mongabay.com. Also note that this page may take a couple minutes to load completely due to the large number of images -- thanks for your patience.


Scale-crested Pygmy-tyrant (Lophotriccus pileatus) captured during a bird banding survey in Las Cruces, Costa Rica. The pygmy-tyrant was released after banding. [January]


Sunset seen from Brian's Head, Utah [May]


Praying mantis in Brownsberg National Park, Suriname [June]


Sunrise near Hana on the island of Maui, Hawaii [November].


Virgin River in Zion National Park, Utah [May]


A line of Gray-winged Trumpeters (Psophia crepitans) in Brownsberg National Park, Suriname [June]


Black Howler Monkey (Alouatta pigra) in the Community Baboon Sanctuary in Belize [May]


Sunrise over Maui [November]


Anole (lizard) seen from the underside of a leaf in Las Cruces, Costa Rica [January]


Entrance to St. Herman's Cave in Belize [May]


Captive jaguar (Panthera onca) in Belize


Hatchling Olive Ridley sea turtle near Hacienda Baru, Costa Rica [January]


Giant rainforest tree in Danum Valley on the island of Borneo [April]


Sand dunes in Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park, Utah [May]


Forest at sunset near the village of Kwamalasamutu in Suriname [June]


Red sand beach in Maui [November]


Yellow and blue poison arrow frog (Dendrobates tinctorius) in Suriname [June]


American Crocodile (Crocodylus acutus) near Jaco, Costa Rica [Feburary]


Oil palm plantations in Sabah, on the island of Borneo [April]


Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah [May]


Sunset over a mangrove swamp on Blackbird Caye, Belize [May]


Danum River in Borneo [April]


Olive Ridley sea turtle headed out to see near Dominical, Costa Rica [January]


Leaf-hopper insect in Suriname [June]


Tapir in Belize [May]


Sunset over the Pacific Ocean, Maui [November]


Red and green arrow poison frog (Dendrobates granuliferus) near Hacienda Baru in Costa Rica [January]


Red Leaf-monkey (Presbytis rubicunda) in Borneo [April]


The cryptic short-tailed Nighthawk (Lurocalis semitorquatus) in Costa Rica [January]


White-faced capuchin in Hacienda Baru [January]


Red-Eyed Tree Frog in Manuel Antonion National Park, Costa Rica [February]


Creek flowing out of Actun Tunichil Muknal Cave in Belize [May]


Blue insect in Borneo [April]


Palm trees at sunset in Maui [November]


Transparent moth in Las Cruces, Costa Rica [January]


Forest on the Pipiwai trail in Maui [November]


Sand dunes in Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park, Utah [May]


Red-tailed squirrel (Sciurus granatensis) feeding on a flower in Costa Rica [January]


Black-handed Spider Monkey (Ateles geoffroyi) in Beilze [May]


Tree frog in Costa Rica [January].


Margay (Leopardus wiedii) in Belize [May]


Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah [May]


Butterfly in Costa Rica [January].


Red frog in Las Cruces, Costa Rica [January]


Young orangutan at Sepilok [April]


Red-Eyed Tree Frog in Manuel Antonion National Park, Costa Rica [February]


Red Leaf-monkey (Presbytis rubicunda) in Borneo [April]


Hatchling Olive ridley sea turtles headed out to sea [January]


Comb crested forest lizard (Gonocephalus liogaster) in Malaysian Borneo [April]


Anole in Belize [May]


Unknown orb spider in Sabah, Malaysia [April]

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Mongabay.com's photographic highlights for the year
Rhett A. Butler
mongabay.com (December 24, 2008).

Best Nature Photos of 2008.

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