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Antarctica Rules

Antarctica Rules

Marty’s photo of the day #1691: It’s Antarctica Week! All week long I will be featuring photos from Deb’s and my Antarctica adventure. Something I talk about in both my shows and my radio interviews is that one of the many things that makes Antarctica unique is that—unlike the animals on the other six continents—the […]

The hills are alive with the sound . . .

The hills are alive with the sound . . .

Marty’s photo of the day #1690: This is Deb and the cows at Parque Regional de la Sierra de Gredos in western Spain. Here’ a short excerpt about this scene, from my first book, Cool Creatures, Hot Planet: Exploring the Seven Continents: Where Deb and I were hiking, the valley floor was at approximately six […]

Penguin swimming lesson

Penguin swimming lesson

Marty’s photo of the day #1690: Did you know that penguins need to learn how to swim? I photographed this gentoo penguin swimming lesson on the coast of Antarctica. Soon the penguin with her head in the water will pop up and race around, announcing her accomplishment to all her companions.

A gator is watching you

A gator is watching you

Marty’s photo of the day #1689: This is one of my favorite alligator photos from my last time in the Everglades. It didn’t make my book however, as I had other gator photos that moved the story better. This is an example of “hiding in plain sight.” Even though the alligator is in clear water, […]

No Martyrs in Oregon

No Martyrs in Oregon

So Ammond Bundy and part of his Band of Right-Wing Ammosexuals got arrested last night. It’s about time! Unfortunately, a member of the band died during the arrest. Now these Right-Wingers finally got the martyr they wanted so badly. Hopefully, reasonable people will understand that “Suicide by Federal Agent” doesn’t make anyone a martyr. The […]

Animals that inspire TV and movie aliens

Animals that inspire TV and movie aliens

Marty’s photo of the day #1688: This is a pig-tailed macaque, photographed on the island of Borneo. Throughout my travels, I’ve seen many animals that obviously inspired alien beings on TV and in movies. For instance the adult Jesus Christ lizard, featured in my new book,  Endangered Edens,  has a head that looks very much […]

Mantis in France

Mantis in France

Marty’s photo of the day #1687: Southern France was a beautiful place to visit, but our wildlife spottings were few. Here’s a mantis that I found during one of our hikes.

View from a Spanish Castle

View from a Spanish Castle

Marty’s photo of the day #1686: What do you see when you are inside an abandoned castle and look out through the embrasure window? Here’s my view. Note how thick the walls are. This castle is located far away from any city, in western Spain.

Taking notes at the Hotel Schwarzsee

Taking notes at the Hotel Schwarzsee

Marty’s photo of the day #1685: I’m not sure if Deb likes this photo, but it’s one of my favorites of her. She is in our tiny room at the Hotel Schwarzsee. This hotel is at the base of the Matterhorn, and you can only get there by gondola. When you see pictures of the […]

Water Taxi

Water Taxi

Marty’s photo of the day #1684: This photo won first place in a contest many years ago, before either of my books were published. I no longer enter contests and wouldn’t even consider this photo to be among my best anymore. Still, it’s a thought-provoking shot. I took it from our boat as we passed […]

It’s time to see the Bundy mugshots

It’s time to see the Bundy mugshots

In today’s newspaper, there is a short article about a movie theater in Boise that might lose its liquor license because it served liquor during the movie “Fifty Shades of Grey.” Apparently an obscure Idaho law prohibits the serving of liquor during movies that depict sexual acts. According to a police spokeswoman, “police are required […]

Iquitos Kids

Iquitos Kids

Marty’s photo of the day #1683: I have a whole series of photos with these kids. I’ve posted some in the past, but I don’t think I’ve posted this one. Here’s the story behind the photo: Deb and I had just returned to Iquitos, Peru after a week in the Amazon Rainforest. After checking into […]

Monkey Lizard

Monkey Lizard

Marty’s photo of the day #1682: Here’s an animal I haven’t posted before. This is a monkey lizard that I photographed in the Amazon Rainforest. Monkey lizards are tree-dwellers, so if we placed them anywhere on our bodies below our shoulders they would promptly climb up and perch atop our heads. There they’d hang out, […]

The village goodbye

The village goodbye

Marty’s photo of the day #1681: Imagine if you visited a village, and when you left, the entire village came out to wave goodbye. That’s what happened to Deb and me when we stopped to check out one of the Yagua villages on the Amazon River. As time goes by, and more and more Americans […]

Why must they be so nasty?

Why must they be so nasty?

I have come to the conclusion that to be on the new far-right you have to be a nasty, disagreeable human being. With my new book out, I’m contacting radio shows across the country for interviews. When I did interviews for my first book, I was on numerous right-wing radio shows. Those shows went fine, […]

Hiking with the herd

Hiking with the herd

Marty’s photo of the day #1680: Yesterday’s photo was of a Dall sheep in the Yukon Territory. Today we stay in the far north and go hiking with the Porcupine caribou migration. These caribou go on the longest migration of any land animal on Earth. They start in Canada and work their way northwest to […]

Dall Sheep

Dall Sheep

Marty’s photo of the day #1679: For today’s photo we head far north into the Yukon Territory. This is a Dall sheep. This lightweight relative of bighorn sheep is sometimes called a “thinhorn sheep

Borneo Forest Crab

Borneo Forest Crab

Marty’s photo of the day #1678: This is a forest crab that I photographed on a night hike in Borneo.

Republican-lites: No Money From Me

Republican-lites:  No Money From Me

Grrrrrrr! I find it frustrating trying to support the major Montana Democratic candidates, when so many come off as Republican-lite. This is especially true with the environment. Montana Governor Steve Bullock was highly critical of President Obama when the president stopped the Keystone XL Pipeline. Then, this week, after President Obama took action to reduce […]

Termite Mound

Termite Mound

Marty’s photo of the day #1677: This is a termite mound that I photographed while hiking in Zimbabwe.

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