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Monthly archives for June, 2016

How many must die in a mass shooting before Americans act?

How many must die in a mass shooting before Americans act?

In 1996, when a gunman killed 35 people and wounded 23 more (the Port Arthur Massacre), Australians got pissed and said enough is enough. The Australian government then enacted tough gun laws and instituted a gun buyback program. It worked, as Australia has not experienced a mass shooting since. And overall, Aussies continue to be […]

Post me! Post me!

Post me! Post me!

Marty’s photo of the day #1821: Today’s photo is a scenic, taken many years ago, on a hike somewhere in western Montana. I wish I had more info, but this photo is from my film scan project of a few years ago. I had forgotten I even took it until it jumped out of my […]

Who is worse, Trump or his followers?

Who is worse, Trump or his followers?

Yesterday Donald Trump declared, “I am the least racist person that you’ve ever encountered.” Later he called Elizabeth Warren “Pocahontas” and followers at his rally broke into Indian war cries. I’m not sure who is the lowest form of human life in America—Donald Trump or his followers. Lately I’ve been thinking his followers. Yeah, definitely, […]

What to do when your spouse is away

What to do when your spouse is away

My wife, Deb, is in Washington, DC for the TNNA (The National NeedleArts Association) trade show, so I’m baching it for five days. As anyone who has been married a long time knows, there are advantages and disadvantages to having a spouse away for a while. Because Deb and I are both self-employed and live […]

Long-Eared Owl Bailout

Long-Eared Owl Bailout

Marty’s photo of the day #1820: I have tons of long-eared owl photos from when Deb and I caught and banded owls with researcher Denver Holt. Whenever I run out of ideas of what to post, they are waiting on my hard drive to bail me out. Here’s one I haven’t posted before.

Appreciate the little things

Appreciate the little things

Marty’s photo of the day #1819: In my books and in my college show, I talk about the importance of getting down on your hands and knees and appreciating the little things. Here’s an example from the Amazon Rainforest. This little frog could sit on the nail of your pinkie finger.

Wearing a red shirt? Stay away!

Wearing a red shirt? Stay away!

Marty’s photo of the day #1818: Here’s a photo from Costa Rica that you can find in my new book, Endangered Edens. What is this? 1) If you are into science, it’s a banana plant. 2) If you are into science fiction, it’s a giant man-eating plant that will grab the first red-shirted member of […]

First Gentleman, First Mate, or First Dude?

First Gentleman, First Mate, or First Dude?

Marty’s photo of the day #1817: I haven’t personally photographed Hillary Clinton, but I did photograph her husband when he was in western Montana in 2008. While Hillary is now the odds-on favorite to become America’s first woman president (isn’t it about time?), this election will also be a great, first accomplishment for men as […]

Far superior to Trump’s Billions

Far superior to Trump’s Billions

Marty’s photo of the day #1816: Being self-employed is risky and hard work. Some people aren’t good at it, like shallow loser Donald Trump, who has declared bankruptcy four times and resorted to ripping people off with his Trump “University.” I have been self-employed since the age of 22 and have no desire to make […]

Donald Trump is . . .

Donald Trump is  . . .

Okay, deep breath. Exhale . . . Donald Trump is a horrible human being and a loser. Deep breath. Exhale . . . Donald Trump is a horrible human being and a loser. Deep breath. Exhale . . . Donald Trump is a horrible human being and a loser. And who would follow someone with […]

Forest Fire Sculpture

Forest Fire Sculpture

Marty’s photo of the day #1815: Yesterday Deb, I, and the dogs headed up the Skalkaho Rye Road (southeast of Hamilton, MT) in search of a meadow, we hoped to explore. We never found the meadow, but we enjoyed an interesting hike through an area burned by a forest fire many years ago. We are […]

White-lipped tree frog

White-lipped tree frog

Marty’s photo of the day #1814: White-lipped tree frog, Queensland, Australia.

We’re on top of the world!

We’re on top of the world!

Marty’s photo of the day #1813: This is what it looks like, hiking on top of the world! Well, not the very top, but close. This photo is from Deb’s and my adventure in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Once we reached the crest of this hill, we would be able to look down and […]

Julia, is that you?

Julia, is that you?

Marty’s photo of the day #1812: If you are into butterflies, Costa Rica is for you. I found this butterfly while walking along a beach. It’s one of the many variations of the Julia Butterfly (I think!).

Hating hate does not make you a hater

Hating hate does not make you a hater

If there is one thing conservatives are good at, it’s effectively changing the meaning of words and phrases. For example, when they say “healthy forests,” they mean logging the crap out of them; “equal rights” is something only leftist minorities and radical feminists demand; “excessive regulations” is code for anything that prevents big corporations from […]

Waking from a wallaroo nap

Waking from a wallaroo nap

Marty’s photo of the day #1811: It’s 3:40 p.m. Time for Bonnie to wake up from her nap, in my arms, and play wallaroo games! (Photographed in Australia. Bonnie is a baby silver wallaroo.)

Truckin’ across the river

Truckin’ across the river

Marty’s photo of the day #1810: I photographed this Jesus Christ lizard in Costa Rica. The lizards supposedly got their name because of their ability to run across water on their hind legs. They are really quite comical to watch. However, I think it’s more likely they got their name because catching them in the […]

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