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Monthly archives for December, 2016

Night Heron textures

Night Heron textures

Marty’s photo of the day #2053: For my final photo of 2016, I go artsy. This is an immature night heron. The bird is perched on an old, rusty, presumably abandoned barge on the Bahía de los Ángeles waterfront (a tiny village on the Sea of Cortez). I love all the textures and shapes going […]

Now you see it. Now you don’t.

Now you see it. Now you don’t.

Marty’s photo of the day #2052: Earlier this month, when Deb and I were snorkeling in the Sea of Cortez, we saw more than just octopuses and sea lions. The area we were in had tons of sting rays. We knew sting rays liked to hide on the sea floor, but seeing them actually do […]

How to make a Republican lie

How to make a Republican lie

Want to demonstrate how easy it is to make a Republican lie? The next time you have a conversation with a Republican, accuse the GOP and GOP voters of being “anti-environment.” The Republican will respond with a close variation of this: “That’s not true! Republicans want clean air and clean water, just like you do.” […]

Octopus textures

Octopus textures

Marty’s photo of the day #2051: Of the many cool things about octopuses, that they can change colors and textures ranks near the top of the list. In this photo, Deb is holding an octopus underwater. Note the unusual texture of this octopus. Earlier this month, I posted a picture (photo #2035) of Deb holding […]

Pacific Loon

Pacific Loon

Marty’s photo of the day #2050: I photographed this Pacific loon in a river, along the coast of the Baja Peninsula. This was the only Pacific loon I saw while in Mexico. I love how the white speckles on her wings seem to produce their own light.

No snarky one-liner

No snarky one-liner

Marty’s photo of the day #2049: I feel like I should tag this photo with some sort of snarky political one-liner, like “This is Donald Trump’s brain ‘not on drugs,’” or “If karma really worked, this is what Rudy Giuliani’s hemorrhoids would look like,” but nothing strikes me as particularly funny this morning. Humph . […]

Feeling Crabby?

Feeling Crabby?

Marty’s photo of the day #2048: For those feeling crabby today, here are two crabs (one above the other). I photographed these with my underwater camera, in a three-foot-deep tide pool, along the Sea of Cortez.

Cactus Spines

Cactus Spines

Marty’s photo of the day #2047: As I hiked around in the Baja Peninsula desert, I was amazed at all the different species of cactus I saw. Apparently more than a dozen species thrived in the area we visited. The time of year was wrong to find many beautiful blooms, but here’s a close-up of […]

Cormorants

Cormorants

Marty’s photo of the day #2046: This is one of my favorite bird pictures from two weeks ago, on the Sea of Cortez: cormorants.

Trump voters: you get to go!

Trump voters: you get to go!

Donald Trump’s nuclear Christmas wish to the world: “Let it be an arms race! We will outmatch them at every pass. And outlast them all.” Way to go Trump voters! Your man-child leader isn’t even president yet, and he’s already sounding more unstable than Kim Jong-il. But make no mistake about it—you and the Republican […]

For Maxfield Parrish

For Maxfield Parrish

Marty’s photo of the day #2045: My favorite artist is Maxfield Parrish. Anyone visiting Deb and me knows that, as we have framed prints of his paintings throughout our house. Of all his work, Parrish was most famous for his “girls on rocks” paintings. I’m not a painter, but I dedicate today’s photo of “sea […]

The tools of a professional writer

The tools of a professional writer

Want to be a professional writer? First you must have the tools of the trade: the Chicago Manual of Style, a laptop computer (mine has backlit keys, so I can write at night by candlelight), lots of coffee, and a red writing chair. In my case, this is actually my second red writing chair, as […]

Martyman hates Christmas!

Martyman hates Christmas!

Martyman keeps telling me that he hates Christmas. I can’t figure out why.

Yay! A week without Donald Trump news.

Yay! A week without Donald Trump news.

Marty’s photo of the day #2044: Here’s a sunrise view of where Deb and I stayed two weeks ago. Because I want to protect the octopuses’ privacy, I’m not going to publicly name the place (although if you are dying to go there, just email me, and I will let you know). However, I will […]

Cactuses or cacti? Octopuses or Octopi?

Cactuses or cacti? Octopuses or Octopi?

Marty’s photo of the day #2043: Since returning from Mexico, I have posted some photos and written about a few of the birds I found at sunrise atop giant cardón cactuses. And for you grammarians, yes “cactuses” is just as correct as “cacti.” The same goes for the plural of octopus, which can be either […]

Earth’s own Star Trek character

Earth’s own Star Trek character

Marty’s photo of the day #2042: This photo will initially appear incomprehensible to your eyes. But read on—you are looking at something amazing! Earlier this month, Deb and I had two incredible octopus encounters in the Sea of Cortez. Last week, I posted a photo from our first encounter, where we had the privilege of […]

Stalking the vulture

Stalking the vulture

Marty’s photo of the day #2041: Here’s more from our early December Baja Peninsula adventure: Every morning my new best buddies, Chaco and Toby, joined me for a sunrise hike across the desert. This time we spotted a turkey vulture in the distance, atop a giant cardón cactus (the world’s tallest species of cactus). The […]

Dog and human heaven

Dog and human heaven

Marty’s photo of the day #2040: Yesterday I wrote about the two beach dogs we befriended earlier this month in Mexico. Both Chaco (next to Deb) and Toby (next to me) were rescued from unfortunate situations when they were pups. They were brought to the remote place we stayed at, and they now enjoy happy, […]

Ravens in the morning

Ravens in the morning

Marty’s photo of the day #2039: If you’ve read either of my books, you know that Deb and I have had some great adventures together. But since I’m a morning person, and she’s not, I usually fit in a morning hike while she sleeps in. Last week two “beach dogs,” Chaco and Toby (more on […]

Putin’s little-handed brother

Putin’s little-handed brother

There are lots of things about Republicans that are grossly hypocritical, like claiming to be Christian and then voting for Donald Trump—the exact kind of person Jesus preached against. But today I’m shaking my head at a majority of Republicans not having a problem with the Trump-Putin bromance and easily dismissing the CIA and FBI’s […]

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