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Monthly archives for April, 2016

Borneo Orangutan

Borneo Orangutan

Marty’s photo of the day #1762: 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, the third largest island in the world. This is a male orangutan, and here are a few orangutan facts, lifted from my book: […]

Up-close with a spiny walking stick

Up-close with a spiny walking stick

Marty’s photo of the day #1761: 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, the third largest island in the world. You are looking at an extreme close-up of a spiny walking stick. This fierce-looking creature is […]

Cuddling the Porcupine

Cuddling the Porcupine

Marty’s photo of the day #1760: 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 Yukon Territory of Canada, and the below excerpt from my book tells the story of the shot: Our Campbell Highway drive concluded at […]

The Iceberg Sphinx

The Iceberg Sphinx

Marty’s photo of the day #1759: 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. I call it “The Iceberg Sphinx,” as I think it looks like the Great Sphinx of Giza.

The most dangerous animal in the bush

The most dangerous animal in the bush

Marty’s photo of the day #1758: 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 of a Cape buffalo in Zimbabwe. I lifted the below quote from my book. Brian, our guide, is giving us instructions before our 53-mile hike […]

Warning: Do not drink liquids in public while reading this book!

Warning: Do not drink liquids in public while reading this book!

If you like to laugh (and who doesn’t?), you need to read Let’s Pretend This Never Happened by Jenny Lawson. I downloaded the book to my Kindle shortly before leaving on a college speaking and book signing tour. I knew nothing about the book, other than the reviews I saw on Amazon. Oh, my, God! Let’s […]

Australia has dragons!

Australia has dragons!

Marty’s photo of the day #1757: 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 Australia, and the below excerpt from my book tells the story of the shot: I had paid for a two-and-a-half-hour night walk, but neither […]

Jenny Lawson Breaks the Rules . . . and is Hilarious

Jenny Lawson Breaks the Rules . . . and is Hilarious

I don’t normally write about books until I finish them, but if you like to laugh (and who doesn’t?), you need to read “Let’s Pretend This Never Happened” by Jenny Lawson. I downloaded the book onto my Kindle shortly before I left on my college speaking tour. I knew nothing about the book, other than […]

Donald Trump’s Urinal Camera

Donald Trump’s Urinal Camera

Okay, I’m bored. I got to the Chicago O’Hare International Airport super early, expecting long lines getting through security. But of course Murphy’s Law is always in effect for times like this. Had I been late, the lines would have been long. But since I was early, I whipped through the TSA Pre-Check line in […]

The Weight of the World on My Shoulders—Literally

The Weight of the World on My Shoulders—Literally

Marty’s photo of the day #1756: 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, and the below excerpt from my book tells the story of this shot: I had a debt to pay for our successful Antarctica […]

Notes from the road

Notes from the road

Notes from the road: Last night—after my book signing at the Reader’s Loft in Green Bay—I drove in a snowstorm all the way to Chicago. The drive was mostly white knuckle, as others on the road were either totally unaware of how slippery it was, and were weaving in and out of lanes at high-speed, […]

How to photograph a charging elephant

How to photograph a charging elephant

Marty’s photo of the day #1755: 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, and the be low excerpt from my book tells the story of this shot (Stephen is our guide from the Dusun Segama tribe): […]

Thar be Packers!

Thar be Packers!

I’m currently on a three-week-long speaking tour, covering Illinois, Wisconsin, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Nebraska. On long tours like this I have all my electronic stage gear in a backpack, my regular and stage clothes in one suitcase, and a supply of my books in another suitcase. Both suitcases are filled to weigh […]

Sheila is dead

Sheila is dead

I’m sad. . . . There has been a death in my family. Sheila has died. For the past seven years Sheila has accompanied me on every college speaking tour—showing me the way to higher education. I’ll never forget her sweet Australian accent, as she’d tell me to make a left at the next exit. […]

Greater Kudu

Greater Kudu

Marty’s photo of the day #1754: 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 of a greater kudu in Zimbabwe.

Calling a fur seal’s bluff

Calling a fur seal’s bluff

Marty’s photo of the day #1753: 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 of a fur seal. I think you’ll find below an excerpt from the Antarctica of my book both informative and fun: One thing elephant seals […]

Mother and baby elephant

Mother and baby elephant

Marty’s photo of the day #1752: It’s “CC, HP: ESC Month,” featuring photos and excerpts from my first book, Cool Creatures, Hot Planet: Exploring the Seven Continents.   Today we have a mother and baby elephant, photographed in Zimbabwe.

Watch this fish evolve

Watch this fish evolve

Marty’s photo of the day #1751: 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 of a mudskipper. The below excerpt from my book provides information on this unusual Australian fish: Earlier in this chapter, I promised to introduce you […]

Surviving a hippo attack

Surviving a hippo attack

Marty’s photo of the day #1750: 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 shows Deb and me laughing, after we were attacked by a hippo in Zimbabwe. The below excerpt from my book documents what happened. Enjoy!: Deb and […]

When in Spain . . .

When in Spain . . .

Marty’s photo of the day #1749: In April, I will be performing shows in Illinois, Wisconsin, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Nebraska. Several times I’ll have multiple events in a day, and from April 5 thru 22 I’ll only have one day off. Since I’ll have little time for selecting photos, I’m making things […]

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