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Monthly archives for July, 2016

Grace Potter Rocks!

Grace Potter Rocks!

Marty’s photo of the day #1853: I didn’t bring my good camera to the Grace Potter concert on Friday, so all I have is this bizarre shot of Grace, looking like she’s hanging from an invisible cross. But Christ she was good! Deb and I have seen Grace Potter three times in the past ten […]

The Bloody What? Road

The Bloody What? Road

Marty’s photo of the day #1852: I’m posting late today, as Deb, Fiona (granddaughter), and I spent the weekend at the Horse Prairie Cabin in southwestern Montana. We try to rent one or two US Forest Service cabins each summer, and this was the second year in a row we’ve rented the Horse Prairie Cabin. […]

Are the fifties really the new forties?

Are the fifties really the new forties?

Marty’s photo of the day #1851: This was my hot date for the Grace Potter concert last night. Deb and I will have been married 32 years this September. Which means . . . ackk! . . . she is approaching the age my mother was when we got married. How is that possible? Based […]

White-faced capuchin monkey

White-faced capuchin monkey

Marty’s photo of the day #1849: Here’s a white-faced capuchin monkey that I photographed in Costa Rica, while working on my latest book. You may not recognize the name white-faced capuchin monkey, but I bet you’ve seen one in an old photo. These are the traditional organ grinder monkeys that were part of novelty street […]

Comb-crested agamid lizard

Comb-crested agamid lizard

Marty’s photo of the day #1848: I photographed this comb-crested agamid lizard in the rainforest of Borneo.

Waiting for her mate’s return

Waiting for her mate’s return

Marty’s photo of the day #1847: Although I don’t know what is actually going through this gentoo penguin’s mind, I have entitled this photo: “Waiting for her mate’s return.” (Photographed on an island off the coast of Antarctica)

This is a test . . . . of the emergency dog-waking system

This is a test . . . . of the emergency dog-waking system

Marty’s photo of the day #1846: This is Bella, from a few days ago, exploring one of the creeks near our house. One of the disadvantages of living in the woods is that there is always something disgusting for our dogs to discover and eat. And when they eat something they shouldn’t, I’m the one […]

Leopard in the grass

Leopard in the grass

Marty’s photo of the day #1845: This leopard does not want you to see him. Shhhhhhhhhhh! Photographed in the Zimbabwe.

Monkey Frog

Monkey Frog

Marty’s photo of the day #1844: A monkey frog climbs up my arm. Photographed in the Amazon Rainforest of Peru.

American Dipper, Pt 3

American Dipper, Pt 3

Marty’s photo of the day #1843: If you follow my posts, you know that Deb and I have had American dippers living at the creek below our house since we moved here, twenty years ago. This year I’ve made it my goal to get a top-notch dipper photo. Earlier this year I posted two photos […]

Iquitos at night

Iquitos at night

Marty’s photo of the day #1842: I took this photo in Iquitos, Peru, about ten years ago. This is the town square at night. Just off to the right is a little drug store, where customers can get just about any prescription filled. Except no prescription is required! I wonder if the store is still […]

The difference between Democrats and Republicans

The difference between Democrats and Republicans

When Al Gore was cheated out of the presidency, he gracefully accepted defeat, as he believed a prolonged fight would have ripped our country apart. When Barack Obama became president, he could have easily had George W. Bush and Dick Cheney prosecuted for war crimes. He didn’t do so, because not only did he believe […]

No Newt is Good Newt

No Newt is Good Newt

Marty’s photo of the day #1841: Over the years, I’ve owned numerous businesses. Unlike Donald Trump’s businesses, none of mine have ever declared bankruptcy. I guess I just believe that when you make a promise to pay someone, you find a way to do it. I did have one business that lost money, however. Years […]

Kootenai Creek

Kootenai Creek

Marty’s photo of the day #1840: Deb and I have lived in Montana’s Bitterroot Valley for twenty years. During that time, we’ve hiked most of the local mountain trails. Since we prefer to avoid crowds, one trail we have avoided is the Kootenai Creek Trail, as it is right next to the town of Stevensville […]

My sort-of connection to Joan Jett

My sort-of connection to Joan Jett

My most difficult year in high school was my sophomore year, as my mother had just remarried and we rented a tiny house in west Duluth, while my mother and step-father house shopped. Since I went to Duluth East High School, I had to drive all the way across town each day. It also meant […]

How to catch an owl

How to catch an owl

Marty’s photo of the day #1839: Here’s a photo of my wife, Deb , and her long-eared owl. Actually the owl only belongs to nature. Deb just borrowed him for a few minutes. In the past, I have posted owl shots from our day in the field with renowned owl researcher Denver Holt, but I’ve never […]

Republicans: Don’t talk to me about patriotism!

Republicans: Don’t talk to me about patriotism!

The other day, in an on-line conversation with a Donald Trump fan, a woman denied that her candidate’s bigotry was an issue and instead claimed that voting Trump was the patriotic thing to do. With that in mind, here’s my 4th of July Weekend patriotic rant: The word “patriotism” has been co-opted and distorted by […]

Don’t piss-off a Canada Lynx!

Don’t piss-off a Canada Lynx!

Marty’s photo of the day #1838: This is “Cub,” a semi-wild Canada lynx that I photographed in my backyard. This is also an example of what a pissed-off lynx looks like when he’s had enough of his photo shoot and the photographer insists on “just a few more shots.” What’s missing is a shot from […]

Are you looking at me?

Are you looking at me?

Marty’s photo of the day #1838: When I first started posting photos of the day, I would plan them out weeks in advance. I seldom do that anymore—partly because my work keeps me so busy and partly because I enjoy the surprise too. Now each morning I quickly skim through the thousands of photos I’ve […]

Martyman gets great sax

Martyman gets great sax

Marty’s photo of the day #1837: It’s Friday! Martyman wishes you a wonderful 4th of July Weekend, full of music and good times. And for those getting together with friends or family—don’t let that one loudmouth, bigoted Trump-supporter ruin your weekend, you’ll get your revenge on November 8. Psst:  Don’t forget to remind the loudmouth […]

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