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Monthly archives for May, 2016

The ultimate solar dryer

The ultimate solar dryer

Marty’s photo of the day #1809: This is one of those “How do they do that?” photos. The lodge we stayed at in Costa Rica was miles away from roads and only accessible by boat. We had very limited electricity, supplied by solar panels. After a day of hiking in the rainforest we would come […]

Caribou Pair

Caribou Pair

Marty’s photo of the day #1808: Caribou in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. A slightly different photo of this pair is featured in my new book, Endangered Edens: Exploring the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Costa Rica, the Everglades, and Puerto Rico.

Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

Marty’s photo of the day #1807: Setting up our tent in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, as a storm moves in. Since we are so far north, there are no trees anywhere, and the land will continue to be flat as we work our way to the Arctic Ocean. It’s an unforgiving but magical place!

The arctic is not a bunch of nothing

The arctic is not a bunch of nothing

Marty’s photo of the day #1806: One of the things I talk about in my college show is the Republican and oil company talking point that arctic tundra is “a bunch of nothing” (reasoning that oil company drilling won’t hurt anything). I then go on to show pictures of animal and plant life in the […]

The Conservative Hate Machine has switched from Obama to Clinton, and the results are obvious

The Conservative Hate Machine has switched from Obama to Clinton, and the results are obvious

To understand the effectiveness of the “Republican-Fox News-Conservative Talk Radio-Hate Machine” all one must do is look at President Obama’s popularity numbers. Despite being one of the best, most successful—and certainly coolest—presidents in modern history, his poll numbers have failed to reflect that. Until now. All of a sudden, Obama’s numbers are on the rise. […]

Hippo Canoe and Zimbabwe Too!

Hippo Canoe and Zimbabwe Too!

Marty’s photo of the day #1805: I photographed this hippo while canoeing in Zimbabwe. After being attacked by a hippo, you might think that I wouldn’t like hippos. But I love hippos! They’re goofy looking, and they have this great, deep laugh that goes “Ha! Ha! Hawwww!” And the hippo that bit through Deb’s and […]

Trump voters have sided with hate

Trump voters have sided with hate

Now that the Associated Press has determined that Donald Trump has won enough delegates to clinch the Republican nomination, I wish to say this to Trump voters: Between now and Election Day I’m going to insult the hell out of you. Donald Trump built his candidacy on bigotry, misogyny, and incivility. And the common thread […]

Z Blog Post

Z Blog Post

Marty’s photo of the day #1804: Sunset on the Zambezi River. I’m standing in Zimbabwe, and the opposite shore is in Zambia. Later that night, I would catch some z’s. Today’s post is brought to you by the letter Z: Z, adding zing to your alphabet since 100 BC!

Neptune’s Revenge

Neptune’s Revenge

Marty’s photo of the day #1803: Today’s photo is from Deception Island, off the coast of Antarctica. You are looking at building, once part of a whaling station, covered in volcanic ash. This excerpt from my first book, Cool Creatures, Hot Planet, explains the shot: We went ashore instead at the more sheltered Whaler’s Bay. […]

Cape Horn

Cape Horn

Marty’s photo of the day #1802: This is the tip of South America, also known as Cape Horn. We safely passed Cape Horn on our return from Antarctica, but below us were the remains of hundreds of shipwrecks. Treacherous waters, indeed!

Viewing Antarctica with the ghost of Ernest Shackleton

Viewing Antarctica with the ghost of Ernest Shackleton

Marty’s photo of the day #1801: After crossing the ocean in our little ship, I was excited to see Antarctica. Unfortunately, we would arrive at about 3:00 in the morning. My internal alarm clock woke me up just in time. And while everyone else slept, I, and the ghost of Ernest Shackleton, walked out to […]

Fawns are cuter than computers

Fawns are cuter than computers

Marty’s photo of the day #1800: I don’t know what it is about May, but for me it always seems to be Computer Crash Month. Last May, I was just finishing my second book, Endangered Edens, when my laptop crashed. I back up regularly, so nothing was lost, but I finally invested in a laptop […]

Watch out for the man-eating trees!

Watch out for the man-eating trees!

Marty’s photo of the day #1799: When I speak at colleges, students often ask me what was the most dangerous creature we encountered during our 53-mile hike across Mana Pools National Park in Zimbabwe. Was it hippos, crocodiles, elephants, lions, or Cape Buffalo? Sure they are all dangerous, but what we really had to watch […]

Central American Agouti Comedians

Central American Agouti Comedians

Marty’s photo of the day #1798: Here’s a photo from Costa Rica that didn’t make my new book, Endangered Edens: Exploring the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Costa Rica, the Everglades, and Puerto Rico. This Central American agouti stuck his tongue out at the same time I pushed the shutter button. Every rodent thinks he’s a comedian!

Moose, Mooses, Meese

Moose, Mooses, Meese

Marty’s photo of the day #1797: Why isn’t “meese” plural for “moose”? It’s not as if meese is already used up as a word with a different meaning. And besides, a word like meese would be really handy in Scrabble, when you get stuck with a bunch of E’s. “Mooses” isn’t a word either. The […]

Climb to the sky!

Climb to the sky!

Marty’s photo of the day #1796: A baby howler monkey holds onto mom as they climb into the sky. (Photographed in Costa Rica

Giant metallic ceiba borer beetle

Giant metallic ceiba borer beetle

Marty’s photo of the day #1795: I photographed this giant metallic ceiba borer beetle in the Amazon Rainforest of Peru. It was 3 inches long!

Martyman is in deep, deep trouble!

Martyman is in deep, deep trouble!

Marty’s photo of the day #1794: I told Martyman to stay away from my snakes, but he wouldn’t listen. Now he’s in deep, deep trouble!

Molting Elephant Seals

Molting Elephant Seals

Marty’s photo of the day #1793: Molting female elephant seals, photographed off the cost of Antarctica.

Martyman has a girlfriend!

Martyman has a girlfriend!

Marty’s photo of the day #1792: Martyman has a girlfriend! Marias the Mermaid is Deb’s latest creation for her Swatch Critter line. She makes all Swatch Critters solely out of four-inch squares, woven on a Zoom Loom. You can buy Deb’s Swatch Critter kits, nationwide, at stores including The Woolery, The Interweave Store, Bountiful, and […]

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