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Who does this ground squirrel remind you of?

Who does this ground squirrel remind you of?

Marty’s photo of the day #1623: This is not in any way a slight to Taylor Swift—who is not only a beautiful woman, but also a woman who deserves kudos for standing up to Sony—but still I have to say it: this ground squirrel makes me think of her. Happy Monday!

Hate-spewing media and politicians are accessories to murder

Hate-spewing media and politicians are accessories to murder

If you follow my posts, you saw my comment on Friday about my prediction of a “Fox News-induced Insanity Defense” being used by a lawyer to defend a shooter sometime in the future. In reality, Fox News is just part of the problem, as AM-Hate Radio shows and Republican politicians vying for far right-wing votes […]

Borneo Frog

Borneo Frog

Marty’s photo of the day #1622: Here’s one of my favorite frog photos from our Borneo backpacking trip.

The Fox News Insanity Defense

The Fox News Insanity Defense

So they caught the Planned Parenthood clinic shooter. Surprise! Surprise! He’s a white male who looks to be in his late fifties. I’m glad they captured this guy alive, however. Just as it was very predictable that another shooting at a Planned Parenthood clinic would happen, it’s also predictable that sooner or later some defense […]

Rainforest Laundry

Rainforest Laundry

Marty’s photo of the day #1621: No, this is not a picture of a t-shirt lynching. When we were in Costa Rica, eleven months ago, we had the usual rainforest problem of keeping clothes dry. Articles of clothing were always hanging somewhere. Hanging my t-shirt from a vine in a rare spot of unblocked sunlight […]

Fred the Eyelash Viper

Fred the Eyelash Viper

Marty’s photo of the day #1620: This is Fred the eyelash viper. Fred is on his way to becoming the World’s Most Famous Eyelash Viper. Not only is he featured in my new book for adults, “Endangered Edens” (in a funny story, with a different photo), but he is also the model for the main […]

A Safe Thanksgiving for Wild Turkeys

A Safe Thanksgiving for Wild Turkeys

Marty’s photo of the day #1619: The wild turkeys that hang out around our house are always safe. But some days you can’t be too careful!

Wandering Albatross

Wandering Albatross

Marty’s photo of the day #1618: At eleven-and-a-half feet, wandering albatrosses have the widest wingspan of any bird on earth. These birds spend the majority of their lives at sea. When young, they may go five or more years without touching land. When mature, they come ashore on a two-year breeding cycle and lay one […]

The iceberg and my morning routine

The iceberg and my morning routine

Marty’s photo of the day #1617: My morning routine is all screwed up. For approximately eight months a year, I get up at 6:00 a.m. and go on a bicycle ride. Since we live on a hill at the edge of the mountains, that ride keeps me in shape. Once our hill gets ice on […]

Waterbuck

Waterbuck

Marty’s photo of the day #1616: I photographed this waterbuck in Zimbabwe.

Photographing a tarantula

Photographing a tarantula

Marty’s photo of the day #1615: This is me, several years ago, photographing a black tarantula at the Madre Selva Research Station in the Amazon Rainforest. And no, those aren’t freckles on my arm—they’re mosquito bites. The first time we visited the Amazon, it was during the dry season, and the mosquitos weren’t so bad. […]

What was funny in 1979 isn’t necessarily funny in 2015

What was funny in 1979 isn’t necessarily funny in 2015

I love comedy writing. Many years ago I bought a Douglas Adams fiction book and couldn’t get into it enough to finish. Then, recently, I read Adams’ nonfiction book, Last Chance to See, and absolutely loved it. It had been a long time since a writer made me laugh so hard. In fact, Last Chance to […]

Flamingos in Flight

Flamingos in Flight

Marty’s photo of the day #1614: I haven’t posted many photos from the Southern France portion of Deb’s and my seven-continents-adventure, because the theme of our travels was looking for rare and unusual wildlife. Even though we didn’t see much wildlife in France fitting that description, that didn’t mean we didn’t thoroughly enjoy both the […]

Did I really name my dog that?

Did I really name my dog that?

Marty’s photo of the day #1613: I haven’t posted many photos from the Southern France portion of Deb’s and my seven-continents-adventure, because the theme of our travels was looking for rare and unusual wildlife. Even though we didn’t see much wildlife in France fitting that description, that didn’t mean we didn’t thoroughly enjoy both the […]

Freedom Frogs

Freedom Frogs

Marty’s photo of the day #1612: I haven’t posted many photos from the Southern France portion of Deb’s and my seven-continents-adventure, because the theme of our travels was looking for rare and unusual wildlife. Even though we didn’t see much wildlife in France fitting that description, that didn’t mean we didn’t thoroughly enjoy both the […]

Flamingos in France

Flamingos in France

Marty’s photo of the day #1611: One of my most vivid memories of visiting France (while working on my first book) was just how nice the people were. Back in the U.S., Republicans in Congress had just renamed French fries “freedom fries” and French toast “freedom toast” in the congressional cafeteria, and pundits on Fox […]

French Waterfall

French Waterfall

Marty’s photo of the day #1609: I haven’t posted many photos from the Southern France portion of Deb’s and my seven-continents-adventure, because the theme of our travels was looking for rare and unusual wildlife. Even though we didn’t see much wildlife in France fitting that description, that didn’t mean we didn’t thoroughly enjoy both the […]

In support of France #1

In support of France #1

Marty’s photo of the day #1609: I haven’t posted many photos from the Southern France portion of Deb’s and my seven-continents-adventure, because the theme of our travels was looking for rare and unusual wildlife. Even though we didn’t see much wildlife in France fitting that description, that didn’t mean we didn’t thoroughly enjoy both the […]

Great review from Midwest Book Review!

Great review from Midwest Book Review!

Even though my new book is distributed by a top national distributor, few books ever become successful without author help. Consequently, I have been working hard acquiring both individual and national reviews. Today my first national review came in—and it’s a good one! Midwest Book Review specializes in the all-important library market and receives over […]

French Truck Stops

French Truck Stops

Marty’s photo of the day #1608: One of my most vivid memories of visiting France (while working on my first book) was just how nice the people were. Back in the U.S., Republicans in Congress had just renamed French fries “freedom fries” and French toast “freedom toast” in the congressional cafeteria, and pundits on Fox […]

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