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Monthly archives for July, 2015

Killing exotic animals doesn’t make you a man.

Killing exotic animals doesn’t make you a man.

Marty’s photo of the day #1511: Here’s a photo from my trophy room. My trophy room also has elephants, hippos, moose, zebras, deadly snakes, crocodiles, monkeys, and other exotic animals. Unlike members of the Safari Club (and certain dentists), I’m a sexually secure person, who doesn’t need to kill my trophies to get an erection […]

Amazon Walking Stick

Amazon Walking Stick

Marty’s photo of the day #1510: “These sticks are made for walking. And that’s just what they’ll do. One of these days these sticks are gonna walk all over you!” (Photographed in the Amazon rainforest.)

Ant-Eating Mouse

Ant-Eating Mouse

Marty’s photo of the day #1507. I had posted 1506 Photos of the Day, and not one was of a mouse. We will take care of that oversight right now. This cute little guy was eating ants on our road yesterday. I’ve never seen a mouse eat ants before. And the ants obviously objected. If […]

I loved it as a kid, but now it makes me cringe.

I loved it as a kid, but now it makes me cringe.

Anyone who follows my book reviews knows that I only give five-star reviews. Not that all the books I read are worthy of five stars—far from it—it’s just that as a busy author myself, I don’t have time to review books unless they warrant five-stars. I’m going to make the exception here and give this […]

Golden Eagle

Golden Eagle

Marty’s photo of the day #1506. I photographed this golden eagle two weeks ago in southwestern Montana.  

Wandering Albatross

Wandering Albatross

Marty’s photo of the day #1505. It’s Book Excerpts Week, featuring an excerpt from my first book, “Cool Creatures, Hot Planet: Exploring the Seven Continents,” and a corresponding photo (that may or may not be from the book). Even though we were hundreds of miles away from any significant landmass, our Drake Passage voyage was […]

Can we at least blame the correct accomplices?

Can we at least blame the correct accomplices?

This week has been another sorry chapter in America’s ongoing love affair with guns. The fact that we continue to defend guns, as more and more people die, shows what a warped society we live in. Especially when bear spray will safely outperform guns for personal protection almost every time. Yet we continue to value […]

How to Mimic a Mozambique Spitting Cobra

How to Mimic a Mozambique Spitting Cobra

Marty’s photo of the day #1504. It’s Book Excerpts Week, featuring an excerpt from my first book, “Cool Creatures, Hot Planet: Exploring the Seven Continents,” and a corresponding photo (that may or may not be from the book). This excerpt takes place in Zimbabwe: I was looking forward to a nap until Ashley, the camp […]

French Truck Stop Food

French Truck Stop Food

Marty’s photo of the day #1503. It’s Book Excerpts Week, featuring an excerpt from my first book, “Cool Creatures, Hot Planet: Exploring the Seven Continents,” and a corresponding photo (that may or may not be from the book). This excerpt takes place in France, shortly after Republicans in Congress renamed French fries, “freedom fries” and […]

Race Against the Flood

Race Against the Flood

Marty’s photo of the day #1502. It’s Book Excerpts Week, featuring an excerpt from my first book, “Cool Creatures, Hot Planet: Exploring the Seven Continents,” and a corresponding photo (that may or may not be from the book). In this adventure, Deb and I backpack with the Iban tribe in Borneo and race down a […]

New Zealand Woman: “George Bush—he’s a lunatic!”

New Zealand Woman: “George Bush—he’s a lunatic!”

Marty’s photo of the day #1501. It’s Book Excerpts Week, featuring an excerpt from my first book, “Cool Creatures, Hot Planet: Exploring the Seven Continents,” and a corresponding photo (that may or may not be from the book). This particular section, which takes place in Canada (across the street from Klondike Kate Ryan’s old residence) […]

A True Environmental Hero

A True Environmental Hero

I have written a new book, Endangered Edens, which is coming out in January 2016. I start that book with this dedication: “I dedicate this book to environmental heroes everywhere: you may not have holidays named in your honor, and strangers may not approach you in airports to thank you for your service, but the […]

Instructions: Attach Harpoon Rope to Tesiticles before Firing

Instructions: Attach Harpoon Rope to Tesiticles before Firing

Marty’s photo of the day #1500. It’s Book Excerpts Week, featuring an excerpt from my first book, “Cool Creatures, Hot Planet: Exploring the Seven Continents,” and a corresponding photo (that may or may not be from the book): The thrill of seeing humpback whales up close leaves each person with a specific unforgettable memory. For […]

Swimming with Piranhas

Swimming with Piranhas

Marty’s photo of the day #1499. It’s Book Excerpts Week, featuring an excerpt from my first book, “Cool Creatures, Hot Planet: Exploring the Seven Continents,” and a corresponding photo (that may or may not be from the book): Splassssshhhhhh! “The water feels great!” shouted Devon, looking up at Deb and me from the river. “You […]

Buck in Velvet

Buck in Velvet

Marty’s photo of the day #1493-B: Today I am going to post two more photos from the motion-sensing camera in my back yard. Here is the second one.

Fawn

Fawn

Marty’s photo of the day #1493-A: Today I am going to post two more photos from the motion-sensing camera in my back yard. Here’s a fawn to start your Monday with a smile!

Mother and Baby Elk

Mother and Baby Elk

Marty’s photo of the day #1491: Yesterday I posted a photo of a mother moose and her baby in my front yard. Today we stay with the mother and baby theme, but switch to my back yard. We have a tall window-wall that faces the woods behind our house. And since the woods drop into […]

Mother and baby Moose

Mother and baby Moose

Marty’s photo of the day #1490: One of the advantages of living where I live is that you never know who is going to walk through your front yard. This mother and baby moose visited a few years back.

Wild Golden Retriever

Wild Golden Retriever

Marty’s photo of the day #1489: A rare glimpse of a wild golden retriever in its natural habitat.

Bannack Graveyard

Bannack Graveyard

Marty’s photo of the day #1498: I photographed this old graveyard last weekend, near the ghost town of Bannack. I love the fence.

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