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Great Blue Heron

Great Blue Heron

Marty’s photo of the day #2069: On my morning hikes in the Baja Peninsula desert, I would often spot birds atop giant cardón cactuses (the tallest species of cactus in the world). Ravens and vultures looked like they belonged on the cactus. But great blue herons?

Martyman blends in with the new conservative look

Martyman blends in with the new conservative look

Marty’s photo of the day #2068: With Donald Trump’s presidency less than a week away, Martyman has decided it would be safest if he tried to blend in with the new, trendy conservative AmeriKKKa fashions. Here he is, combining the ever popular, NRA-friendly “armed bull” look, with the cutting edge, Trump-friendly “Putin is such a […]

American oystercatcher

American oystercatcher

Marty’s photo of the day #2067: Here’s another photo from the Baja Peninsula. I love the orange eyes of the American oystercatcher.

Beach Dogs

Beach Dogs

Marty’s photo of the day #2066: When I was on the Baja Peninsula in Mexico last month, my best friends were Chaco and Toby. Both dogs were rescued from bad situations as puppies and now enjoy good lives hanging out on the beach and at the eco-lodge we stayed at. Toby and I especially bonded. […]

Flight of the brown pelican

Flight of the brown pelican

Marty’s photo of the day #2065: Here’s another of my favorite in-flight photos from last month in Mexico. Unfortunately, at least from a photographer’s point of view, the brown pelicans were most active as soon as the sun dipped below the mountains. My camera was really fighting for light when I made this shot, so […]

Can you find the octopus eyes?

Can you find the octopus eyes?

Marty’s photo of the day #2064: Can you find the octopus eyes? This photo is from Deb’s and my second octopus adventure, last month in the Sea of Cortez: On this day the air was cold and windy, and the sea was rocking and rolling—causing numerous underwater sandstorms. Soon Deb spotted an octopus, in a […]

The high price Republicans paid for Donald Trump

The high price Republicans paid for Donald Trump

Flash back to the year 2000. George W. Bush became president of the United States with the help of Florida Governor Jeb Bush and a politically motivated, right-leaning Supreme Court. Later George W. Bush would do the worst thing any U.S. president could ever do: he’d lie to start a war. President Obama followed President […]

Trump’s wall will protect Mexico’s beaches!

Trump’s wall will protect Mexico’s beaches!

Marty’s photo of the day #2063: It’s a good thing Donald Trump is building his wall. Should Americans ever learn about Mexico’s secret private beaches, like this one, hordes of people would soon flow over the border and ruin them. Hmmm . . . Perhaps the Mexican people are manipulating Donald Trump, just like Vladimir […]

Dear Mr. Trump: Stop Embarrassing Us!

Dear Mr. Trump: Stop Embarrassing Us!

Dear Mr. Trump: Being president of the United States isn’t about you—it’s about the American people you work for. That your ego is so fragile that you can’t even let criticism from Meryl Streep roll off your back once again shows that you are totally unqualified to lead the most powerful country in the world. […]

Sea of Cortez

Sea of Cortez

Marty’s photo of the day #2062: While in Mexico, Deb and I—along with our new friends, beach dogs Chaco and Toby—went on one of our many hikes. This time we climbed to the top of a hill, littered with volcanic rocks. The footing was sometimes treacherous, but the view of the Sea of Cortez was […]

Go Gulls!

Go Gulls!

Marty’s photo of the day #2061: The beachside yurts we stayed in last month on the Baja Peninsula had little spikes on their roofs to deter birds from landing. These Heermann’s gulls refused to let humans dictate where they could not land. And that was just fine with me. Go gulls!

Sea Star

Sea Star

Marty’s photo of the day #2060: Here’s a twenty-five legged sea star—on the move!

Birds in flight

Birds in flight

Marty’s photo of the day #2059: I enjoy the challenge of photographing birds in flight. It’s so difficult to get them in perfect focus! This black-crowned night-heron was one of several successful in-flight images I captured last month on Mexico’s Baja Peninsula.

No getting past the bull

No getting past the bull

Marty’s photo of the day #2058: As mentioned in previous posts, Deb and I swam with sea lions in the Sea of Cortez last month. The sea lions welcomed us into the water, but stepping onto their tiny island was strictly forbidden. This was a sea lion rule, not a human rule. This big bull […]

Swimming with sea lions

Swimming with sea lions

Marty’s photo of the day #2057: Last month I featured an underwater shot from when Deb and I swam with sea lions in Mexico. This is another shot from that adventure. Swimming with the sea lions was so much fun! Especially when they’d come right up to my face—blowing bubbles. Here’s some background info: A […]

Voting against themselves

Voting against themselves

I had to laugh this morning when I read a newspaper column about the three things Trump voters expect their man-baby to accomplish: create jobs (he’s already taking credit for Obama’s accomplishments), drain the swamp (he’s already done the exact opposite to the extreme), and lower health care costs (see below). That Trump voters actually […]

Pelican hams

Pelican hams

Marty’s photo of the day #2056: Yesterday I featured a photo of a brown pelican in mid-dive. Today I’m posting another of my favorite brown pelican photos from the Sea of Cortez. Brown pelicans have no concept of cameras, but you sure couldn’t tell that from this shot. The hams!  

Pelican splat!

Pelican splat!

Marty’s photo of the day #2055: Brown pelicans are the only species of pelican that dive for their food. Watching them dive is a memorable sight, as they hit the water so hard and so fast, it looks like it should hurt. I had the opportunity to watch several brown pelicans in action when I […]

May this New Year not really suck

May this New Year not really suck

Marty’s photo of the day #2054: Since sunrises are symbolic of optimism and new beginnings, this sunrise photo I took last month in Mexico seems appropriate for New Year’s Day. Still, I must say that at no time in my life have I been less optimistic for a new year. Donald Trump can do that. […]

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