Earth Day photos reflecting our world's beauty

Rhett A. Butler, mongabay.com
April 22, 2009



100 photos to remind us of the beauty of the world we share



With Earth Day fast becoming just another commercial holiday — albeit one where most people still have to go to the work — mongabay is taking a visual approach to capture the beauty that surrounds us.

Here are around 120 photos I've taken at sites around the world, most of which were snapped in the past five years. The animals pictured are in their natural settings — no zoo or aquarium specimen are included. I've done my best to name most of the creatures pictured, although I haven't been able to identify many of the insects.

These 120 shots represent but a small subset of the planet's beautiful and important biomes and ecosystems, but I hope they serve as a reminder of what we need to protect for future generations.

For previous year's posts about Earth Day, see Is Earth Day a waste of time? (2006) by me and No longer a fan of Earth Day (2008) by Jeremy Hance.


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


Sunset in Roatan, Honduras


Sand dunes in Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park, Utah


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


Bird of paradise, Peru


Cactus in Deer Creek, Honduras


Sifaka lemur, Madagascar


Limestone tsingy, Madagascar


Pantanal sunset, Brazil


Monkey frog (Phyllomedusa bicolor), Peru


Sunrise over Maui


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


Monkey frog (Phyllomedusa bicolor), Peru


Black, orange, and light blue butterfly, Colombia


Transparent moth in Las Cruces, Costa Rica


Red sand beach in Maui


Creek flowing out of Actun Tunichil Muknal Cave in Belize


Leaf-tailed gecko, Madagascar


Clear-winged Cithaerias pireta butterfly feeding on dung, Peru


Big Sur, Big Sur


Forest on the Pipiwai trail in Maui


Leaf in Kanyanchu rainforest, Uganda


Tad Fane, Laos


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


Cheetah, Kenya


Tad Lo waterfall, Laos


Meandering river in the lowlands of Gabon, Gabon


Baobabs, Madagascar


Multicolored leafhopper insect, Costa Rica


Young lowland gorilla, Gabon


Colorado River, Grand Canyon


Headshot of the colorful blue-headed tree agama, Uganda


Southern Tree Hyrax with baby, Kenya


Masked frog (Smilisca phaeota), Costa Rica


Young orangutan at Sepilok


Corteza Amarilla (Tabebuia ochracea), Costa Rica


Warthog running, Uganda


Mendenhall glacier, Alaska


White-footed lepilemur, Madagascar


Red-Eyed Tree Frog in Manuel Antonio National Park, Costa Rica


Forest elephant heading toward the jungle in Loango National Park, Gabon


Parson's chameleon, Madagascar


Young orangutan feeding while hanging from tree, Indonesia


Leaf-hopper insect in Suriname


Parson's chameleon, Madagascar


Sunset seen from Brian's Head, Utah


Mendenhall glacier, Alaska


Scarlet macaw, Peru


Red Leaf-monkey (Presbytis rubicunda) in Borneo


Uganda kob "kissing", Uganda


Butterfly in Costa Rica


Spiny forest vegetation at sunset, Madagascar


Red-Eyed Tree Frog in Manuel Antonio National Park, Costa Rica


Mendenhall glacier, Alaska


Bird of paradise, Colombia


Comb crested forest lizard (Gonocephalus liogaster) in Malaysian Borneo


Palm trees at sunset in Maui


Shoebill (Balaeniceps rex), Uganda


Silverback gorilla, Gabon


Grey crowned cranes "kissing", Uganda


Gladiator tree frog, Costa Rica


Rainstorm approaching across the Mara savanna, Kenya


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CITATION:
Rhett A. Butler, mongabay.com (April 22, 2009).

Earth Day photos reflecting our world's beauty.

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