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Monthly archives for April, 2016

In search of the Spanish Ibex

In search of the Spanish Ibex

Marty’s photo of the day #1778: It’s “CC, HP: ESC Month,” featuring photos and excerpts from my first book, Cool Creatures, Hot Planet: Exploring the Seven Continents. Today we end the month with an excerpt from my Europe chapter: Deb and I weren’t hiking in Parque Regional de la Sierra de Gredos to see cows. […]

Germaphobia Vindicated!

Germaphobia Vindicated!

I’m perfectly comfortable getting spattered with bat guano in a cave or having a snake crawl up inside my pants leg, but one of my personality flaws (or as I prefer to call it, “cute little quirks”) is that I’m a bit germaphobic about children. Then last week I saw this sign in the bathroom […]

Hippos Attack! Humans Laugh!

Hippos Attack! Humans Laugh!

Marty’s photo of the day #1777: It’s “CC, HP: ESC Month,” featuring photos and excerpts from my first book, Cool Creatures, Hot Planet: Exploring the Seven Continents. As many of you know, Deb and I were attacked by a hippo in Zimbabwe. For those who have yet to hear the story, below in an excerpt […]

Climbing the Matterhorn with Broken Hands and No Ropes

Climbing the Matterhorn with Broken Hands and No Ropes

Marty’s photo of the day #1776: It’s “CC, HP: ESC Month,” featuring photos and excerpts from my first book, Cool Creatures, Hot Planet: Exploring the Seven Continents. The below excerpt from my book takes place after Deb, Emad (a Swiss-Egyptian friend of ours), and I attempted to climb partway up the Matterhorn (to the Hörnlihütte, […]

Herbie the Agile Wallaby

Herbie the Agile Wallaby

Marty’s photo of the day #1775: It’s “CC, HP: ESC Month,” featuring photos and excerpts from my first book, Cool Creatures, Hot Planet: Exploring the Seven Continents.   Deb is holding Herbie, an eleven month old agile wallaby (Queensland, Australia). In a few months, Herbie would be ready to be released back into the wild.

Zebras at Sunset

Zebras at Sunset

Marty’s photo of the day #1774: It’s “CC, HP: ESC Month,” featuring photos and excerpts from my first book, Cool Creatures, Hot Planet: Exploring the Seven Continents. I’ve always loved this photo. I call it “Zebras at Sunset.”

The rare and cool Australian Lace-Lid Frog

The rare and cool Australian Lace-Lid Frog

Marty’s photo of the day #1773: It’s “CC, HP: ESC Month,” featuring photos and excerpts from my first book, Cool Creatures, Hot Planet: Exploring the Seven Continents.   Today’s photo is from the Queensland. Australian lace-lid frogs are classified as “endangered” by the IUCN. They reach two and a half inches in length. At first […]

Amazon Tree Boa

Amazon Tree Boa

Marty’s photo of the day #1772: It’s “CC, HP: ESC Month,” featuring photos and excerpts from my first book, Cool Creatures, Hot Planet: Exploring the Seven Continents.   Today’s photo is from the Amazon Rainforest of Peru. This is an Amazon Tree Boa.

Marty Essen’s Earth Day interview on the Dancing Dog Blog

Marty Essen’s Earth Day interview on the Dancing Dog Blog

Check out my fun and informative Earth Day interview on the Dancing Dog Blog! http://www.dancingdogblog.com/2016/04/earth-day-cool-creatures-hot-planet-interview/  

The lady of the comb-cresteds

The lady of the comb-cresteds

Marty’s photo of the day #1771: It’s “CC, HP: ESC Month,” featuring photos and excerpts from my first book, Cool Creatures, Hot Planet: Exploring the Seven Continents.   Today’s photo is from Borneo. This is a comb-crested agamid lizard. You can tell this a lady lizard, as she has a smaller crest than the gentlemen […]

Thank an evironmentalist

Thank an evironmentalist

This is how I begin Endangered Edens: “I dedicate this book to environmental heroes everywhere: you may not have holidays named in your honor, and strangers may not approach you in airports to thank you for your service, but the world is a better place because of your efforts.” Today I will add that it […]

Adélie penguin

Adélie penguin

  Marty’s photo of the day #1770: It’s “CC, HP: ESC Month,” featuring photos and excerpts from my first book, Cool Creatures, Hot Planet: Exploring the Seven Continents. Today’s photo is from Antarctica. When performing at colleges, to keep my show interactive, I test my audiences on their knowledge of penguin names. When I show […]

The Penguin Quiz

The Penguin Quiz

Marty’s photo of the day #1768: It’s “CC, HP: ESC Month,” featuring photos and excerpts from my first book, Cool Creatures, Hot Planet: Exploring the Seven Continents. Today’s photo is from Antarctica. When performing at colleges, to keep my show interactive, I test my audiences on their knowledge of penguin names. When I show this […]

If this were the Crocodile Hunter . . . .

If this were the Crocodile Hunter . . . .

Marty’s photo of the day #1767: It’s “CC, HP: ESC Month,” featuring photos and excerpts from my first book, Cool Creatures, Hot Planet: Exploring the Seven Continents. Today’s photo is from Queensland, Australia, and the below excerpt from my book tells the story of the shot: Eventually Chris uttered the words I didn’t want to […]

Lions in grass

Lions in grass

Marty’s photo of the day #1766: It’s “CC, HP: ESC Month,” featuring photos and excerpts from my first book, Cool Creatures, Hot Planet: Exploring the Seven Continents. Today’s photo is from Zimbabwe, and the below excerpt from my book tells the story of the shot: “Lions!” announced Humphrey in a hushed shout. Everyone wanted to […]

Flying Feces!

Flying Feces!

Greetings from the Detroit International Airport! Wasn’t I just here last week? So on the flight out of Rochester, New York, I’m cuddled up against the side wall of the airplane, with the seat in front of me lovingly squeezing my kneecaps, when I get a whiff of a horrible smell. I’m thinking it’s the […]

The Death Clock

The Death Clock

I’m now sitting in the Rochester International Airport. Since I went directly from my show to the airport, I’m way early and still have an hour to blow. The Rochester Airport isn’t big enough for a Delta lounge, but I found a nice sunny spot in the central court to set up my computer and […]

Victoria Falls

Victoria Falls

Marty’s photo of the day #1765: It’s “CC, HP: ESC Month,” featuring photos and excerpts from my first book, Cool Creatures, Hot Planet: Exploring the Seven Continents.   Today’s photo is from Zimbabwe. This is Victoria Falls, the widest curtain of water on Earth.

Gentoo penguin chicks

Gentoo penguin chicks

  Marty’s photo of the day #1764: It’s “CC, HP: ESC Month,” featuring photos and excerpts from my first book, Cool Creatures, Hot Planet: Exploring the Seven Continents. Today’s photo is from Antarctica. These are gentoo penguin chicks.

The Orchid-Mimic Spider

The Orchid-Mimic Spider

Marty’s photo of the day #1763: It’s “CC, HP: ESC Month,” featuring photos and excerpts from my first book, Cool Creatures, Hot Planet: Exploring the Seven Continents. Today’s photo is from the Amazon Rainforest. This is an orchid-mimic spider, which we found inside the flower of a white orchid. It’s quite possible that I was […]

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