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Monthly archives for June, 2016

Martyman puts his life on the line

Martyman puts his life on the line

Marty’s photo of the day #1836: Martyman goes rogue and puts his life on the line to stop the next coal train. I have no control over him . . . really.

Baby Alligator

Baby Alligator

Marty’s photo of the day #1835: Crikey! A baby alligator. Isn’t she a beauty! (Photographed during my first trip to the Everglades.)

Fawns Abound!

Fawns Abound!

Marty’s photo of the day #1834: Deer babies abound! This time of year is always fun around our house, as the fawns are busy following their moms everywhere. This photo is from the motion-sensing camera in our “backyard.”

The Sunday Summer Tradition

The Sunday Summer Tradition

Marty’s photo of the day #1834: One of Deb’s and my Sunday night summer traditions is Mexican Train and/or Scrabble on the porch, with the all-important Tanqueray and tonics and rock and roll (usually some combination of the Bodeans, Joan Jett, and Grace Potter). Deb has a slight lead in our lifetime series of both […]

Here’s looking at you . . . scarlet macaw

Here’s looking at you . . . scarlet macaw

Marty’s photo of the day #1833: I feature this scarlet macaw photo in my new book “Endangered Edens,” and here’s some of the information about the bird I include in the pages: Although not quite an endangered species, both the illegal pet trade and habitat fragmentation have reduced their numbers. Luckily for the parrots, they […]

Can’t sleep next to your AR-15? Too bad!

Can’t sleep next to your AR-15? Too bad!

The problem with political talk shows is that guests and hosts all fail to listen to me when I yell at the TV. Last night, on Real Time with Bill Maher, one of the topics of discussion was the sit-in earlier this week by House Democrats. Republican Michael Steele mentioned that the reason the GOP […]

Mud Slinging

Mud Slinging

Marty’s photo of the day #1832: This is a close-up of an elephant having a snack after a mud bath.

24 days to GOP chaos!

24 days to GOP chaos!

Marty’s photo of the day #1832: “Just twenty-four days until the Republican National Convention. It’s going to be so much fun. We can’t wait!”

Trump, you are no orangutan!

Trump, you are no orangutan!

Marty’s photo of the day #1832: Bill Maher often cracks jokes on his show about Donald Trump being the offspring of orangutans, but I disagree: I have photographed orangutans. I have known orangutans. Orangutans are friends of mine. Trump, you are no orangutan!  . . . Now a dung beetle, perhaps!

That sense of accomplishment

That sense of accomplishment

Marty’s photo of the day #1831: One of the disadvantages of living where I live (in the woods, on a hill, next to a mountain range) is that it’s tricky to get Internet service. We are too far out in the country to get DSL or cable service, so we get it wireless. The Internet […]

The Rufous hummingbird challenge, Part 2

The Rufous hummingbird challenge, Part 2

Marty’s photo of the day #1830: On Sunday I spent two hours stalking Rufous hummingbirds, determined to get one in flight. It was more challenging than I expected. I ended up with dozens of shots, including two that I consider high-quality. Yesterday I shared one of those shots. Here’s the second one.

The Rufous hummingbird challenge, Part 1

The Rufous hummingbird challenge, Part 1

Marty’s photo of the day #1829: Yesterday I spent two hours stalking Rufous hummingbirds, determined to get one in flight. It was more challenging than I expected. I ended up with dozens of shots, including two that I consider high-quality. I’ll share one with you today and one with you tomorrow.

A gun with sexy parts!

A gun with sexy parts!

After reading an article about the Orlando shooter and that he used a new type of assault rifle, called a SIG Sauer MCX, I was curious what it looked like and ended up on the Guns & Ammo website. There I watched a short video of a SIG Sauer representative describing the features of their […]

Sinking into permafrost

Sinking into permafrost

Marty’s photo of the day #1828: I took this photo in Dawson City, Yukon. These buildings date from 1901. This is what happens when you build atop permafrost and add heat. The permafrost melts, and the footings sink—all at different rates.

Has he survived?

Has he survived?

Marty’s photo of the day #1827: With all the poaching done in Zimbabwe, I can’t help wondering every time I look at my elephant photos, if that particular animal is still alive. Hopefully this big guy has been crafty enough to escape the evil men with guns.

Here’s an eye-catching photo

Here’s an eye-catching photo

Marty’s photo of the day #1826: Here’s an untouched photo Deb took of me in the Amazon Rainforest. This was part of the photo shoot for the cover of my first book, Cool Creatures, Hot Planet, and that’s a tailless whip-scorpion climbing up my face. This particular shot wasn’t chosen for the cover, but I […]

Spotted Sandpiper

Spotted Sandpiper

Marty’s photo of the day #1825: I photographed this spotted sandpiper, while working on my latest book, in Costa Rica.

Donald Trump will make you look like this

Donald Trump will make you look like this

Marty’s photo of the day #1824: I told the elephant seal not to watch the Donald Trump speech, but she wouldn’t listen.

From the New Ammosexual Bible

From the New Ammosexual Bible

Marty’s photo of the day #1823: Here’s a passage from the New Ammosexual Bible: For I received from Lord NRA what I also delivered to you: that the Republican Jesus on the night when he was betrayed took an assault rifle, and when he had given thanks, he loaded it, and said, “This is my […]

How to properly bury an assault weapon

How to properly bury an assault weapon

Marty’s photo of the day #1822: Martyman gives an assault weapon a fitting burial.

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