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Monthly archives for January, 2016

Hippo Canoe and Zimbabwe Too!

Hippo Canoe and Zimbabwe Too!

Marty’s photo of the day #1676: As many of you know, my wife and I were attacked by a hippo when we canoed down the Zambezi River in Zimbabwe*. The hippo bit through the center of our canoe, lifted us six feet into the air, and threw us on the riverbank. In the process, the […]

Brown Pelicans

Brown Pelicans

Marty’s photo of the day #1675: Brown pelicans in Costa Rica.

Sacked Castle

Sacked Castle

Marty’s photo of the day #1674: I’m late posting again today, as I was in Missoula this morning for another radio interview. (Don’t forget I will be presenting a slide show and signing books tonight, at 7:00 p.m., at Shakespeare and Company in Missoula.) This photo shows Deb in front of one of the many […]

Non-celebrity authors must work harder to be successful

Non-celebrity authors must work harder to be successful

I know a lot of authors. Many are very talented writers, whose books never sell like they should. It hardly seems fair when far less talented, celebrity authors (generally politicians, actors, and TV talk show hosts) are practically guaranteed instant best-sellers for whatever they “write.” Welcome to life! I do think many non-celebrity authors could […]

Foot-o-giant-alligator

Foot-o-giant-alligator

Marty’s photo of the day #1672: As a wildlife photographer, one of my ongoing goals is to show animals in ways people do not traditionally see them. With that in mind, I present “Foot-o-giant-alligator,” from my most recent adventure in the Everglades.

Flower and Butterfly

Flower and Butterfly

Marty’s photo of the day #1671: Here’s another photo from Costa Rica that didn’t make my new book, Endangered Edens. That’s a cloudless sulphur butterfly in the flower.

Midnight Sun Baseball Game

Midnight Sun Baseball Game

Marty’s photo of the day #1669: One of the funnier stories in my new book, Endangered Edens, is about baseball, not wildlife. I won’t ruin the story here, but I end up meeting former Boston Red Sox pitcher Bill “Spaceman” Lee. The Spaceman was in Fairbanks, Alaska to be the celebrity pitcher in the annual […]

Larry the Alligator

Larry the Alligator

Marty’s photo of the day #1668: Larry the alligator is one of the “characters” in my new book, Endangered Edens. This is one of the photos of Larry that didn’t make the Everglades chapter. Looking back at it now, I’m not sure why. But that’s the way it is for with me for my books. […]

Spider Monkey

Spider Monkey

Marty’s photo of the day #1667: I have some fascinating information about spider monkeys in my new book, Endangered Edens. Did you know that these monkeys have four fingers and basically no thumb? This is one of the spider monkey photos from our Costa Rica adventure that wasn’t good enough to make the book.

Here comes the whiny crybaby dance again

Here comes the whiny crybaby dance again

As I’m watching Republicans and gun rights activists do their usual whiny crybaby dance, because President Obama took a reasonable step to protect human lives, I can’t help wonder why they think the Second Amendment deserves absolute status when other amendments do not. Interpretation of the First Amendment, for instance, is flexible enough to accommodate […]

Anole Lizard

Anole Lizard

Marty’s photo of the day #1666: This is an anole lizard, in Costa Rica, trying to flag-down a girlfriend.

Toucan

Toucan

Marty’s photo of the day #1665: I have a fun toucan story and photo in my new book, Endangered Edens: Exploring the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Costa Rica, the Everglades, and Puerto Rico. These are such interesting birds, and their call is unforgettable. This is one of the toucan photos from that adventure that wasn’t […]

Rio Tajo River Valley

Rio Tajo River Valley

Marty’s photo of the day #1665: Yesterday I posted a photo of my wife, Deb, standing on the roof of an abandoned castle in western Spain. As promised, this photo shows what she was looking at: the Rio Tajo River Valley. You can see why someone would have built the castle where they did. If […]

Queen of all she surveys!

Queen of all she surveys!

Marty’s photo of the day #1664: This is my wife, Deb, standing atop an abandoned castle in western Spain. Tomorrow I will post what she is looking at. Wait until you see the view!

Pitcher Plant

Pitcher Plant

Marty’s photo of the day #1663: Pitcher plants are carnivorous plants. I photographed this one while backpacking on the island of Borneo.

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