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Monthly archives for June, 2015

Microsoft, stop spamming me!

Microsoft, stop spamming me!

I hope Microsoft gets fined big time! One thing writing my two books had in common was that they both managed to crash my hard drive before I finished them. Fortunately, I back up frequently and didn’t lose anything. Unfortunately, my replacement laptops forced me to switch operating systems both times. And when I set-up […]

I is for Ibex

I is for Ibex

Marty’s photo of the day #1461: 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 “I” and three others, twice (with different animals) to fill out the month. I is for Ibex. I photographed these two young ibex […]

I is for Iguana

I is for Iguana

Marty’s photo of the day #1462: 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 “I” and three others, twice (with different animals) to fill out the month. I is for Iguana. I photographed this green iguana in […]

Marty Essen’s second book to be published this fall

Marty Essen’s second book to be published this fall

Endangered Edens: Exploring the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Costa Rica, the Everglades, and Puerto Rico is the long-awaited follow-up to Marty Essen’s six-time award-winning book, Cool Creatures, Hot Planet: Exploring the Seven Continents. Whether traveling with Marty and his wife, Deb, in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Costa Rica, and Puerto Rico, or going solo […]

H is for Hippopotamus

H is for Hippopotamus

Marty’s photo of the day #1460: 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. H is for Hippopotamus. As most people know, hippos are big. But rather than give you size and weight specifics, imagine this: When Deb and I were […]

G is for Great Blue Heron

G is for Great Blue Heron

Marty’s photo of the day #1459: 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. G is for Great Blue Heron. I have great blue herons shots from many locations. But since I took most of the photos I’m posting this month […]

F is for Fox

F is for Fox

Marty’s photo of the day #1458: 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. F is for Fox. I photographed this red fox in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Deb and I were canoeing toward the Arctic Ocean when we spotted […]

E is for Elephant

E is for Elephant

Marty’s photo of the day #1457: 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 “E,” and three others, twice (with different animals) to fill out the month. E is for Elephant. Did you know that elephants can’t […]

Book review: The Elephant Whisperer

Book review: The Elephant Whisperer

I have to confess: I read The Elephant Whisper solely because I’m the author of Cool Creatures, Hot Planet—a book in the same “Wildlife” category on Amazon. Several times my book would be headed for # 1, only to be blocked by Lawrence Anthony’s book. And the few times my book did reach #1, The […]

E is for Eagle Ray

E is for Eagle Ray

Marty’s photo of the day #1456: 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 “E,” and three others, twice (with different animals) to fill out the month. E is for Eagle Ray. Eagle rays are huge, weighing […]

D is for Dragonfly

D is for Dragonfly

Marty’s photo of the day #1455: 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. D is for Dragonfly. Borneo has one of the most exotic, under-explored rainforests in the world. There are so many creatures there that have evolved differently than […]

Cool Creatures, Hot Planet is in Denmark, but where’s the Gammel Dansk?

Cool Creatures, Hot Planet is in Denmark, but where’s the Gammel Dansk?

Now that my first book, Cool Creatures, Hot Planet: Exploring the Seven Continents, has a new distributor, I’m having fun watching them add country after country to the list of where it is available. But what will be real interesting is to see what happens with sales—especially in countries where English isn’t the first language. […]

C is for Cape Buffalo

C is for Cape Buffalo

Marty’s photo of the day #1454: 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. The name of every animal must start with the letter, and no letters will be skipped. C is for Cape Buffalo. What is the most dangerous animal […]

Book review: Climate Cover-Up

Book review: Climate Cover-Up

You can tell a book hits home when the opposition—some who obviously have not even read the book—post poor reviews to lower a book’s rating. Such is the case with Climate Cover-Up. If global warming deniers are willing to make that kind of effort for something as insignificant as a book review, imagine what they’ll […]

Book Review: This Changes Everything

Having read many environmental books (and written two myself), I almost passed on reading Naomi Klein’s This Changes Everything. What could she possibly write that hadn’t been written before? But then I remembered how informative her previous book, The Shock Doctrine, was and decided to give it a try. Believe me: whether you’re an environmental-book-junkie […]

B is for Boyd’s Forest Dragon

B is for Boyd’s Forest Dragon

Marty’s photo of the day #1453: 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. Special thanks to my wife, Deb, and the multiple glasses of wine we drank as we mapped out this month. B is for Boyd’s Forest Dragon. If […]

A is for American Crocodile

A is for American Crocodile

  Marty’s photo of the day #1452: 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 four letters twice, with different animals, to fill out the month). The name of every animal must start with the letter, and no letters […]

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