Our favorite nature photos of 2012

/ Rhett A. Butler

In the course of reporting for Mongabay.com, I spent time in several countries in 2012, including Indonesia, Brazil, Madagascar, and Malaysia, among others. The following are some of my favorite nature pictures I took in the field. Overall I added more than 20,000 images to the site in 2012. For more, check out travel.mongabay.com, which now has nearly 100,000 captioned photos.

In the course of reporting for Mongabay.com, I spent time in several countries in 2012, including Indonesia, Brazil, Madagascar, and Malaysia, among others. Some of my key stories can be found here.

The following are some of my favorite nature pictures I took in the field. Overall I added more than 20,000 images to the site in 2012. For more, check out travel.mongabay.com, which now has nearly 100,000 captioned photos.

Many of these images are available in high resolution format for purchase at mongabay.zenfolio.com. Through the end of the year, you can use code Dec2012 for a 15 percent discount on downloads, prints, and other products.

Prior photo highlights are available for 2011, 2010, 2009, and 2008.

Thanks for your interest in Mongabay and I wish you the best for 2013!

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  • Bat cave near the MESCOT community forest in Sabah, Malaysia (Nov 2012). Photo by Rhett A. Butler
  • Short-legged Ground Roller on the Masoala Peninsula, Madagascar (Oct 2012). Photo by Rhett A. Butler
  • Baobab tree in Ankarana Special Reserve, Madagascar (Oct 2012). Photo by Rhett A. Butler
  • Giant day gecko in Ankarana, Madagascar (Oct 2012). Photo by Rhett A. Butler
  • Red fungi in Madagascar (Oct 2012). Photo by Rhett A. Butler
  • The dimmunitive Brookesia peyrierasi chameleon on Nosy Mangabe, Madagascar (Oct 2012)
  • Ringtailed lemur in Madagascar (Oct 2012). Photo by Rhett A. Butler
  • Rhacophorus dulitensi tree frog in Danum Valley, Sabah, Malaysia (Nov 2012). Photo by Rhett A. Butler
  • The sea-facing side of Peucang Island, Indonesia (Mar 2012). Photo by Rhett A. Butler
  • Planthopper on Nosy Mangabe, Madagascar (Oct 2012). Photo by Rhett A. Butler
  • Dark eared tree frogs (Polypedates macrotis) mating near the Kinabatangan River in Sabah, Malaysian Borneo (Nov 2012). Photo by Rhett A. Butler
  • Baobabs near Ankarafantsika, Madagascar (Oct 2012). Photo by Rhett A. Butler
  • Male panther chameleon near Maroantsetra, Madagascar (Oct 2012). Photo by Rhett A. Butler
  • Cicada on Peucang Island, Indonesia (Mar 2012). Photo by Rhett A. Butler
  • Forest dragon in Danum Valley (Nov 2012). Photo by Rhett A. Butler
  • Rainforest on Nosy Mangabe, Madagascar (Oct 2012). Photo by Rhett A. Butler
  • Ankarana sportive lemur in Madagascar (Oct 2012). Photo by Rhett A. Butler
  • Collapsed limestone cave near Bonito, Brazil (Jun 2012). Photo by Rhett A. Butler
  • Beach on Madagascar's Masoala Peninsula near Tampolo (Oct 2012). Photo by Rhett A. Butler
  • The bay in Diego Suarez, Madagascar (Oct 2012). Photo by Rhett A. Butler
  • Lepilemur in Ankarafantsika National Park, Madagascar (Oct 2012). Photo by Rhett A. Butler
  • Giant leaf-tailed gecko (Uroplatus fimbriatus) on the Masoala Peninsula, Madagascar (Oct 2012). Photo by Rhett A. Butler
  • Freshwater cenote near Bonito, Brazil (Jun 2012). Photo by Rhett A. Butler
  • Glowing mushrooms in Malaysian Borneo (Nov 2012). Photo by Rhett A. Butler
  • Leaping proboscis monkey along the Kinabatangan River in Sabah, Malaysia (Nov 2012). Photo by Rhett A. Butler
  • Rainforest on Nosy Mangabe, Madagascar (Oct 2012). Photo by Rhett A. Butler
  • Cave in Ankarana, Madagascar (Oct 2012). Photo by Rhett A. Butler
  • Rhacophorus pardalis tree frog in Danum Valley, Malaysia (Nov 2012). Photo by Rhett A. Butler
  • Borneo rainforest (May 2012). Photo by Rhett A. Butler
  • Banyan tree on the Big Island of Hawaii (Dec 2012). Photo by Rhett A. Butler
  • Mossy leaf-tailed gecko (Uroplatus sikorae) (Oct 2012). Photo by Rhett A. Butler
  • Redwood forest in Muir Woods, Marin County, California (Sept 2012). Photo by Rhett A. Butler
  • Cinnamon Roller in Ankarafantsika National Park (Oct 2012). Photo by Rhett A. Butler
  • Giant leaf-tailed gecko (Uroplatus fimbriatus) on the Masoala Peninsula, Madagascar (Oct 2012). Photo by Rhett A. Butler
  • Stick insect in Malaysian Borneo (Nov 2012). Photo by Rhett A. Butler
  • Male crowned lemur in Ankarana, Madagascar (Oct 2012). Photo by Rhett A. Butler
  • Sunset off Nosy Komba, Madagascar (Oct 2012). Photo by Rhett A. Butler
  • Coquerrel's sifaka lemur in Ankarafantsika (Oct 2012). Photo by Rhett A. Butler
  • Forest dragon lizard in Sabah, Malysia (Nov 2012). Photo by Rhett A. Butler
  • Platypelis grandis frog in Madagascar (Oct 2012). Photo by Rhett A. Butler
  • Rainforest butterfly in Borneo (Nov 2012). Photo by Rhett A. Butler
  • Ranger on patrol in Ujung Kulon National Park on the island of Java in Indonesia (Mar 2012). Photo by Rhett A. Butler
  • Danum Valley canopy walkway (Nov 2012). Photo by Rhett A. Butler
  • Redwood forest in Muir Woods, Marin County, California (Sept 2012). Photo by Rhett A. Butler
  • Male crowned lemur in Ankarana, Madagascar (Oct 2012). Photo by Rhett A. Butler
  • Beach on Peucang Island, Indonesia (Mar 2012). Photo by Rhett A. Butler
  • Pristine rainforest river meeting a river discolored by sediment downstream from a logging site in Malaysian Borneo (Nov 2012). Photo by Rhett A. Butler
  • Red grasshawk dragonfly on Peucang Island, Indonesia (Mar 2012). Photo by Rhett A. Butler
  • Kinabatangan River, Sabah, Malaysia (Nov 2012). Photo by Rhett A. Butler
  • Sunrise over the Kinabatangan River in Sabah, Malaysia (Nov 2012). Photo by Rhett A. Butler
  • Bats in Ankarana, Madagascar (Oct 2012). Photo by Rhett A. Butler
  • Conversion of rainforest to an oil palm plantation in Sabah, Malaysian Borneo (Nov 2012). Photo by Rhett A. Butler
  • Female black lemur on Nosy Komba, Madagascar (Oct 2012). Photo by Rhett A. Butler
  • Tiger beetle on Peucang Island, Java, Indonesia (Mar 2012). Photo by Rhett A. Butler
  • Cave near Bonito, Brazil (Jun 2012). Photo by Rhett A. Butler
  • Yellow land planaria on Peucang Island, Indonesia (Mar 2012). Photo by Rhett A. Butler
  • Cave near Bonito, Brazil (Jun 2012). Photo by Rhett A. Butler
  • Uroplatus gecko on Nosy Mangabe, Madagascar (Oct 2012). Photo by Rhett A. Butler
  • Logging road in Malaysian Borneo (Nov 2012). Photo by Rhett A. Butler
  • Flying dragon in Sabah, Malaysia (Nov 2012). Photo by Rhett A. Butler
  • Giant rainforest tree in Malaysian Borneo (Nov 2012). Photo by Rhett A. Butler
  • Forest in the West Fork of Oak Creek, Coconino National Forest, Arizona (May 2012). Photo by Rhett A. Butler
  • Female crowned lemur with baby in Ankarana, Madagascar (Oct 2012). Photo by Rhett A. Butler
  • Palm tree in the Masoala rainforest, Madagascar (Oct 2012). Photo by Rhett A. Butler
  • Coastline near Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia (Nov 2012). Photo by Rhett A. Butler
  • Young orangutan at Sepilok near Sandakan in Sabah, Malaysian Borneo (Nov 2012). Photo by Rhett A. Butler
  • Sunrise near Maroantsetra, Madagascar (Oct 2012). Photo by Rhett A. Butler
  • West Fork of Oak Creek, Coconino National Forest, Arizona (May 2012). Photo by Rhett A. Butler
  • Red seed pods of a tree in Malaysian Borneo (Nov 2012). Photo by Rhett A. Butler
  • Beetle in Danum Valley, Malaysian Borneo (Nov 2012). Photo by Rhett A. Butler
  • Parson's chameleon in Madagascar (Oct 2012). Photo by Rhett A. Butler
  • Sabah rainforest, Malaysia (Nov 2012). Photo by Rhett A. Butler
  • Rainforest in Masoala National Park (Oct 2012). Photo by Rhett A. Butler
  • Beach on Madagascar's Masoala Peninsula (Oct 2012). Photo by Rhett A. Butler
  • Madagascar variant of the Nile Crocodile near Ankarafantsika (Oct 2012). Photo by Rhett A. Butler
  • Forest conversion for oil palm plantations in Malaysian Borneo (May 2012). Photo by Rhett A. Butler
  • Sunset over the Nile River at Aswan, Egypt (Jan 2012). Photo by Rhett A. Butler
  • Tampolo Marine Park on Madagascar's Masoala Peninsula (Oct 2012). Photo by Rhett A. Butler
  • Snake near Maroantsetra, Madagascar (Oct 2012). Photo by Rhett A. Butler
  • Rainbow over the Kinabatangan River in Malaysian Borneo (Nov 2012). Photo by Rhett A. Butler

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