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Monthly archives for September, 2016

Bird superpowers

Bird superpowers

Marty’s photo of the day #1908: Here’s another of my favorite bird photos from our Rock and Roll Road trip in late August. On the left is a black-necked stilt, and on the right is an American avocet. Black-necked stilts are second, only to flamingos, for the bird species with the longest legs in proportion […]

Synchronized flying

Synchronized flying

  Marty’s photo of the day #1907: One of my favorite experiences from two weeks ago, in Utah, was watching hundreds of Wilson’s phalaropes demonstrating synchronized flying. It was amazing to watch. How did they avoid colliding with each other? This photo captures a small section of the flock, but it doesn’t capture the loud […]

The World’s Most Famous Rainbow Boa and 9/11

The World’s Most Famous Rainbow Boa and 9/11

Marty’s photo of the day #1906: This is Eve, the World’s Longest and World’s Most Famous rainbow boa. Okay, I have no proof that she is the world’s longest, but most reptile books list the maximum length for rainbow boas at six-feet, and Eve is seven feet-long. I also have no proof that she is […]

Rams, ewes, and lambs

Rams, ewes, and lambs

Marty’s photo of the day #1905: One of the stops on our Rock and Roll Road Trip, two weeks ago, included a family of bighorn sheep that Deb spotted along a river in Idaho. While we watched the ewes and lambs at the water, two big rams watched us from above.

Slob Hunters

Slob Hunters

Marty’s photo of the day #1904: One of the biggest reasons I dislike hunting is because of slob hunters. And, of course, no one ever admits to being a slob hunter! It’s always “someone else.” Two sights while Deb and I were in Utah in late August didn’t do anything to change my opinion. When […]

Craters of the Moon National Monument

Craters of the Moon National Monument

Marty’s photo of the day #1903: Twelve days ago, as part of Deb’s and my Rock and Roll Road Trip, we spent an afternoon at the Craters of the Moon National Monument in southern Idaho. We had a fascinating visit, looking over miles and miles of volcanic rock—much of it from a 2000-year-old eruption. Unfortunately, […]

Willfully ignorant hate

Willfully ignorant hate

How habitually angry and uninformed does one have to be to vote Republican? While I will probably never understand why someone would vote against themselves, their children, and their grandchildren, hoping for a pot of gold and the satisfaction of kicking some minority’s ass, I do read their comments under politically-oriented articles to get a […]

Bison vs Pronghorn

Bison vs Pronghorn

Marty’s photo of the day #1902: When I took this photo, it was almost dark outside. It doesn’t look that way, because I used a really high ISO setting and a slow shutter speed on my camera. And yes, I know it looks like the pronghorn is coming out of the bison’s ass. But all […]

Antelope Island Sunset

Antelope Island Sunset

Marty’s photo of the day #1901: Sunset last week on Antelope Island.

It’s an American Avocet Party!

It’s an American Avocet Party!

Marty’s photo of the day #1900: This is one of my favorite bird photos, taken last week on Antelope Island. The birdlife there was spectacular! In this photo, all of the birds, except one, are American avocets. The one bird crashing the avocet party is a black-necked stilt. Don’t you just love the reflection in […]

Weight does matter

Weight does matter

Marty’s photo of the day #1899: I try to be PC, but sometimes PC goes too far. This is certainly the case when it comes to a person’s weight in some segments of the entertainment business. Yes, weight does matter. I say this both as an entertainer myself and as someone who has spent the […]

Two days; two heart-pounding adventures.

Two days; two heart-pounding adventures.

Marty’s photo of the day #1898: Last weekend Deb and I experienced two tense bovine adventures. I took this photo during the first one. We had hiked toward the south end of Antelope Island (in Utah). It was a beautiful and sunny day, but eventually the sun became too intense and we were both feeling […]

Past their prime in Rock and Roll Years

Past their prime in Rock and Roll Years

Marty’s photo of the day #1897: Of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame acts Deb and I saw in Salt Lake City Monday night, I liked Joan Jett the best, Heart in the middle, and Cheap Trick the least. In Cheap Trick’s defense, they had two things working against them: they were the oldest […]

Dinner for coyotes

Dinner for coyotes

Marty’s photo of the day #1896: One of my favorite moments, from last Sunday, happened shortly after Deb and I arrived on Antelope Island. Deb spotted something moving far in the distance, and I followed it through my camera’s telephoto lens. We quickly figured out it was a coyote, but her head look deformed. The […]

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