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Monthly archives for February, 2016

Amazon Frog

Amazon Frog

Marty’s photo of the day #1717: This week’s theme is Amazon Rainforest Frogs (then we’ll get back to warm and cuddly animals from other parts of the world, I promise). Coming up with a different nature picture every day is difficult, but I found some cool, un-posted, frog shots while perusing the photo files from […]

Green Monkey Frog

Green Monkey Frog

Marty’s photo of the day #1716: This week’s theme is Amazon Rainforest Frogs (then we’ll get back to warm and cuddly animals from other parts of the world, I promise). Coming up with a different nature picture every day is difficult, but I found some cool, un-posted, frog shots while perusing the photo files from […]

Frog Face

Frog Face

Marty’s photo of the day #1715: I hadn’t started this week out with a theme in mind, but I rediscovered a bunch of cool macro shots from my second trip to the Amazon Rainforest. Today I have an extreme close-up of a frog’s face.

The proper crop

The proper crop

Marty’s photo of the day #1714: I hadn’t started this week out with a theme in mind, but I rediscovered a bunch of cool macro shots from my second trip to the Amazon Rainforest. Here’s a photography secret: sometimes the correct crop makes all the difference. This lizard from the Amazon Rainforest has been sitting […]

Baby Amazon Tree Boa

Baby Amazon Tree Boa

Marty’s photo of the day #1713: I hadn’t started this week out with a theme in mind, but I rediscovered a bunch of cool macro shots from my second trip to the Amazon Rainforest. So we’ll stick with those for the rest of the week. Today we have a close-up of a baby Amazon tree […]

Is Donald Trump a Grand Psychological Experiment?

Is Donald Trump a Grand Psychological Experiment?

That Donald Trump thanked “the poorly educated” for his victory in Nevada really has me wondering if the Trump Campaign is part of some grand psychological experiment. Fox News has made a fortune over the years by spewing continual bullshit—but doing it with conviction. Now, week after week, Trump comes up with something more outrageous […]

Katydid from Outer Pace

Katydid from Outer Pace

Marty’s photo of the day #1712: I hadn’t started this week out with a theme in mind, but I rediscovered a bunch of cool macro shots from my second trip to the Amazon Rainforest. So we’ll stick with those for the rest of the week. I’m not sure how this will look on a small […]

Leaf-mimic Katydid

Leaf-mimic Katydid

Marty’s photo of the day #1711: I hadn’t started this week out with a theme in mind, but I rediscovered a bunch of cool macro shots from my second trip to the Amazon Rainforest. So we’ll stick with those for the rest of the week. Here’s an extreme close-up of a leaf-mimic katydid.

Marty Essen on the Rick Steves Radio Show

Marty Essen on the Rick Steves Radio Show

Yesterday, I recorded two interviews with famed travel author Rick Steves, The interviews will run this spring and summer on the Travel with Rick Steves Radio Show, which airs on roughly 400 radio stations from coast to coast. I knew Rick Steves was popular, but it was amazing walking into the Rick Steves’ Europe Building […]

Marty Essen’s Speaking Schedule

Marty Essen’s Speaking Schedule

Here’s my upcoming speaking schedule. I’ve added several more appearances since the last time I posted this, including Winston-Salem, NC, Albany, NY, Ithaca, NY, Missoula, MT, Skokie, IL, and Spokane, WA. More coming soon! 2/23/16, Pierce College Puyallup, Puyallup, WA 2/24/16, Kepler’s Books, Menlo Park, CA (San Francisco) 2/25/16, Santa Rosa Jr. College (SRJC), Petaluma, […]

Whipsnake

Whipsnake

Marty’s photo of the day #1710: Today we go artsy with a whipsnake photo from my second trip to the Amazon Rainforest.

The Walking Stick From Outer Space

The Walking Stick From Outer Space

Marty’s photo of the day #1709: Today I have a photo from my second trip to the Amazon Rainforest. As I prepared this photo for posting, I enlarged the walking stick’s head to screen size. This is such a bizarre-looking creature—another one of those insects that could be straight out of a science fiction movie.

Larry the Alligator

Larry the Alligator

Marty’s photo of the day #1708: In my new book, Endangered Edens, I have a funny story about “Larry,” an alligator I met while exploring the Everglades. He was blocking a remote dirt road, enjoying the morning sun, so I sat near him and enjoyed the morning with him. Eventually a truck full of park […]

Where the moose hang out

Where the moose hang out

Marty’s photo of the day #1707: Moose populations are dropping. Quite possibly because of global warming. They seem to do well around our house however (who wouldn’t want to hang out at such a cool place?), as every year we have several visitors. This is a moose from last year. Note the circular tuft above […]

Where would right-wing groups put the 4-wheeler trail?

Where would right-wing groups put the 4-wheeler trail?

Marty’s photo of the day #1706: I haven’t posted a scenic shot in a long time. This is the Lee Metcalf National Wildlife Refuge, located thirty minutes from my home. Western right-wing groups would like to have public lands removed from U.S. Government control. I’d hate to think of what would happen to this beautiful […]

Gopher Tortoise on the Move

Gopher Tortoise on the Move

Marty’s photo of the day #1705: I photographed this gopher tortoise last year, while I was in Florida on a college speaking tour. I managed to fit in a hike between shows; get totally lost; and find several of these tortoises. While tortoises are generally slow moving, they can really book-it when necessary.

Trumpeter Swans

Trumpeter Swans

Marty’s photo of the day #1704: Trumpeter swans doing their courtship dance. It’s such and amazing and uplifting thing to watch.

Baby bison

Baby bison

Marty’s photo of the day #1703: Normally I try to have something educational to say about my photos, but all that comes to mind this morning is “Awwwwww! Baby bison!”

A year without a Supreme Court?

A year without a Supreme Court?

I find it appalling that Republican leaders have yet again put party before country—this time by threatening to refuse to confirm an Obama-appointed Supreme Court Justice to replace Antonin Scalia. These un-American plebeians would like to shut down an entire branch of government for at least a year—all so they have a chance at appointing […]

Annie the Black Flying Fox

Annie the Black Flying Fox

Marty’s photo of the day #1703: This is Annie—a black flying fox that I photographed in Queensland, Australia. Annie lives at a research facility, because she spent her early years as someone’s pet and never learned how to fly. Annie, now sixteen-years-old, is used in a breeding program. Once her pups are old enough, researchers […]

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