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Monthly archives for November, 2015

Marty Essen to perform at Gonzaga University

Marty Essen to perform at Gonzaga University

I have been performing Around the World in 90 Minutes at colleges since the 2007-2008 school-year, and I have performed in the vast majority of states (Wyoming, Utah, Alaska, Delaware, and Hawaii are still on my to-do list). Of all the states, Pennsylvania has booked me the most. Of all the cities, Spokane has booked […]

Black Bear

Black Bear

Marty’s photo of the day #1607: Don’t let the color of this grazing bear fool you. It may look like a grizzly bear, but it has no hump. It’s a black bear.

Leopard

Leopard

Marty’s photo of the day #1606: I only had a second to get this shot before the leopard melted back into the bush. (Photographed in Zimbabwe)

Black Caiman

Black Caiman

Marty’s photo of the day #1605: The rare and elusive black caiman. Photographed in the Amazon Rainforest of Peru.

Humpback Whale

Humpback Whale

Marty’s photo of the day #1604: Tharrrr she blows! (A humpback whale off the coast of Antarctica)  

Make this the most boring job in the world

Make this the most boring job in the world

The United States’ military budget is as large as the next nine largest military budgets combined. Our military budget is so bloated that it pays millions of dollars to professional sports teams for elaborate “tributes” that we all thought were genuine. Even worse, our military just wasted $43 million on a natural gas filling station […]

Spanish Castle

Spanish Castle

Marty’s photo of the day #1603: Anyone who has read my first book, “Cool Creatures, Hot Planet,” or seen my college show, knows that Deb and I temporarily detoured from our search for wildlife and searched for abandoned castles instead. We were in a sparsely populated region of Spain, and we could see this castle, […]

The Christmas Card Deer

The Christmas Card Deer

Marty’s photo of the day #1602: This photo is from the motion-sensing camera in my front yard. When I downloaded it onto my laptop, it looked horrible. But since I really liked the dash of snow and the light coming through the trees, I played with it a bit in my photo program. It’s still […]

The Great Ice Sphinx?

The Great Ice Sphinx?

Marty’s photo of the day #1601: When I saw this iceberg along the coast of Antarctica, the first thought that went through my head was, “Great Sphinx of Giza.”

Humpback whales

Humpback whales

Marty’s photo of the day #1600: A humpback whale comes to play! (Photographed along the coast of Antarctica.)

The best candidate “debate” format ever!

The best candidate “debate” format ever!

Last night’s Democratic Presidential Forum on MSNBC was a gem. Of all the “debate” formats, I liked this one the best. Instead of candidates talking over one another, Rachel Maddow’s sit-downs with each candidate made it easier for voters to get to know each one. Usually about this time in an election cycle, I have […]

Victoria Falls

Victoria Falls

Marty’s photo of the day #1599: This is the widest curtain of water on Earth: Victoria Falls (Zimbabwe).

Chinstrap Penguin

Chinstrap Penguin

Marty’s photo of the day #1598: I photographed this chinstrap penguin off the coast of Antarctica.

Rainbow Boa: Mother and Son

Rainbow Boa: Mother and Son

Marty’s photo of the day #1597: This is Little Snake, photographed next to his mother for comparison. Little Snake is a rainbow boa. He was part of Adam and Eve’s litter of 30 babies, born in April 2012. I promptly sold all the babies from that litter, except for Little Snake, who I couldn’t sell […]

Comb-crested Agamid Lizard

Comb-crested Agamid Lizard

Marty’s photo of the day #1596: Hey! Are you looking at me? (Comb-crested agamid lizard, Borneo)

The Wild Ride and Who Shouldn’t Buy My Book

The Wild Ride and Who Shouldn’t Buy My Book

When Cool Creatures, Hot Planet: Exploring the Seven Continents was published, in 2007, I had no idea that my wild ride was just beginning. Not only did the book win six national awards, but I was also able to turn it into a live stage show, called Around the World in 90 Minutes, which I […]

Porcupine

Porcupine

Marty’s photo of the day #1595: I’m so cute. You must want to give me a hug!

Costa Rica Terns

Costa Rica Terns

Marty’s photo of the day #1594: I photographed these terns on a stunning day in Costa Rica. Readers will see a similar shot in my new book, Endangered Edens, but I could have just as easily picked this one for publication instead.

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