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Monthly archives for June, 2015

Z is for Zebra

Z is for Zebra

Marty’s photo of the day #1481: It’s “Animals A thru Z Month.” Each day in June, I will post an animal I’ve photographed—somewhere in the world—in alphabetical order. Z is for Zebra. When I present my show “Around the World in 90 Minutes” at colleges, the last animal photo I show is this one. I […]

Y is for Yellow-headed blackbird

Y is for Yellow-headed blackbird

Marty’s photo of the day #1480: It’s “Animals A thru Z Month.” Each day in June, I will post an animal I’ve photographed—somewhere in the world—in alphabetical order. Y is for Yellow-headed blackbird. In recent years I have enjoyed birds much more than I used to. And I’m always amazed at just how many beautiful […]

X is for Xenopholis scalaris

X is for Xenopholis scalaris

Marty’s photo of the day #1479: It’s “Animals A thru Z Month.” Each day in June, I will post an animal I’ve photographed—somewhere in the world—in alphabetical order. X is for Xenopholis scalaris. The common name for a Xenopholis scalaris is a Wucherer’s Ground Snake. I checked the comprehensive animal encyclopedias I own, and none […]

W is for Wallaby

W is for Wallaby

Marty’s photo of the day #1478: It’s “Animals A thru Z Month.” Each day in June, I will post an animal I’ve photographed—somewhere in the world—in alphabetical order. I’ll post the letter “W and three others, twice (with different animals) to fill out the month. W is for Wallaby. Wallabies are small-to-medium sized kangaroos—members of […]

W is for Whale

W is for Whale

Marty’s photo of the day #1477: It’s “Animals A thru Z Month.” Each day in June, I will post an animal I’ve photographed—somewhere in the world—in alphabetical order. I’ll post the letter “W and three others, twice (with different animals) to fill out the month. W is for Whale. I photographed this humpback whale off […]

Thank you, Taylor Swift!

I’m a little late commenting on this, but I want to thank Taylor Swift for standing up to Apple. As someone who used to manage rock and roll bands, I know how difficult it is to make a living as an up-and-coming musician. That Apple thought they could just give away an artist’s hard work, […]

V is for Vampire Bat

V is for Vampire Bat

Marty’s photo of the day #1476: It’s “Animals A thru Z Month.” Each day in June, I will post an animal I’ve photographed—somewhere in the world—in alphabetical order. V is for Vampire Bat. Vampire bats are often exterminated when humans move into their territory. The bats are holding their own, for now, but they’re a […]

U is for Union Jack

U is for Union Jack

Marty’s photo of the day #1475: It’s “Animals A thru Z Month.” Each day in June, I will post an animal I’ve photographed—somewhere in the world—in alphabetical order. U is for Union Jack. I photographed this beautiful union jack butterfly while walking along the coast of northern Queensland.  

T is for Tortoise

T is for Tortoise

  Marty’s photo of the day #1474: It’s “Animals A thru Z Month.” Each day in June, I will post an animal I’ve photographed—somewhere in the world—in alphabetical order. T is for Tortoise. Desert tortoises are listed as “threatened” under the Endangered Species Act. I photographed this tortoise in the Mojave National Preserve, which is […]

S is for Seal

S is for Seal

Marty’s photo of the day #1473: It’s “Animals A thru Z Month.” Each day in June, I will post an animal I’ve photographed—somewhere in the world—in alphabetical order. S is for Seal. Female Antarctic fur seals weigh up to 150 pounds and males up to 460 pounds. Antarctic fur seals were hunted to near extinction, […]

R is for Rhinoceros Beetle

R is for Rhinoceros Beetle

Marty’s photo of the day #1472: It’s “Animals A thru Z Month.” Each day in June, I will post an animal I’ve photographed—somewhere in the world—in alphabetical order. R is for Rhinoceros Beetle. At only three inches long, the rhinoceros beetle is considered by some to be the world’s strongest animal. Tests have shown it […]

Marty’s photo of the day #1471: It’s “Animals A thru Z Month.” Each day in June, I will post an animal I’ve photographed—somewhere in the world—in alphabetical order. Q is for Quail. This California quail hung out near my house last summer. Of all the birds that live near me, these are the most exotic-looking. […]

P is for Painted Dogs

P is for Painted Dogs

Marty’s photo of the day #1470: It’s “Animals A thru Z Month.” Each day in June, I will post an animal I’ve photographed—somewhere in the world—in alphabetical order. P is for Painted Dogs. I photographed this pack of painted dogs in Zimbabwe. Big eared, long legged, and gangly, each dog has a unique coat pattern. […]

O is for Orangutan

O is for Orangutan

Marty’s photo of the day #1469: It’s “Animals A thru Z Month.” Each day in June, I will post an animal I’ve photographed—somewhere in the world—in alphabetical order. O is for Orangutan. Orangutans are the world’s largest tree-dwelling animals. In the Malay language, orangutan means “man of the forest.” Considering that they share 96.4 percent […]

N is for Nile Crocodile

N is for Nile Crocodile

Marty’s photo of the day #1468: It’s “Animals A thru Z Month.” Each day in June, I will post an animal I’ve photographed—somewhere in the world—in alphabetical order. N is for Nile Crocodile. I photographed this Nile crocodile in Zimbabwe. When canoeing with Nile crocodiles, one must concentrate on staying away from bad habits—such as […]

M is for Mudskipper

M is for Mudskipper

Marty’s photo of the day #1467: It’s “Animals A thru Z Month.” Each day in June, I will post an animal I’ve photographed—somewhere in the world—in alphabetical order. I’ll post the letter “M” and three others, twice (with different animals) to fill out the month. M is for Mudskipper. Mudskippers are a fish that spends […]

M is for Marmoset

M is for Marmoset

Marty’s photo of the day #1466: It’s “Animals A thru Z Month.” Each day in June, I will post an animal I’ve photographed—somewhere in the world—in alphabetical order. I’ll post the letter “M” and three others, twice (with different animals) to fill out the month. M is for Marmoset. I photographed this girl and her […]

L is for Lynx

L is for Lynx

Marty’s photo of the day #1465: It’s “Animals A thru Z Month.” Each day in June, I will post an animal I’ve photographed—somewhere in the world—in alphabetical order. L is for Lynx. I photographed this Canada lynx, named Cub, in my backyard. While Cub was never a wild animal (a friend of mine uses him […]

K is for Kingfisher

K is for Kingfisher

  Marty’s photo of the day #1464: It’s “Animals A thru Z Month.” Each day in June, I will post an animal I’ve photographed—somewhere in the world—in alphabetical order. K is for Kingfisher. I photographed this ringed kingfisher in Costa Rica. So, yes, it will be another animal featured in my new book, Endangered Edens […]

J is for Jesus Christ Lizard

J is for Jesus Christ Lizard

Marty’s photo of the day #1463: It’s “Animals A thru Z Month.” Each day in June, I will post an animal I’ve photographed—somewhere in the world—in alphabetical order. J is for Jesus Christ Lizard. I photographed this Jesus Christ lizard in Costa Rica. You will be able to read about Jesus Christ lizards in my […]

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