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Monthly archives for March, 2018

Adelaide’s warbler

Adelaide’s warbler

Marty’s photo of the day #2500: It’s seems like for photo number 2500, I should pick something special. Okay, I can’t say that any one animal is more special than any other. Hmm . . . let’s go to Puerto Rico. Here’s an Adelaide’s warbler.

The lone blue-footed booby

The lone blue-footed booby

Marty’s photo of the day #2499: I photographed this blue-footed booby on a tiny island in the Sea of Cortez. This was the only blue-footed booby I saw the entire time I was in Mexico. I would have been so pissed if she wasn’t in focus.

The insect from outer space

The insect from outer space

Marty’s photo of the day #2498: Is it a leaf-mimic mantis, or is it an alien from outer space? (Photographed in the Amazon Rainforest of Peru)

Young long-eared owls

Young long-eared owls

Marty’s photo of the day #2497: I found these young long-eared owls on my morning bike ride two years ago. Soon I will have to start checking the tree every morning to see if mom has come back to raise another family.

Selling with the dead guys

Selling with the dead guys

For much of the past week, my new novel, Time Is Irreverent, has been occupying Amazon’s Humorous Science Fiction top-20, alongside books by Douglas Adams and Kurt Vonnegut. Way to go, Marty! I can sell books with the best of the dead guys!

The solar system via Chromosphere Cruiser

The solar system via Chromosphere Cruiser

Marty’s photo of the day #2496: From my novel, Time Is Irreverent, in the year 2020: “Can I drive?” “I’ve read about how you human males always like to be in control. But in my society, pilots are chosen based on skill, not sex.” Reminiscent of the big ship, the cruiser had a vertical cockpit. […]

Pair of bluebirds

Pair of bluebirds

Marty’s photo of the day #2495: Here’s a pair of blue birds that I photographed in Yellowstone National Park a few years back.

Yes, I do take requests

Yes, I do take requests

Marty’s photo of the day #2494: I worked my way through high school and college as a DJ at radio stations WEBC and KQDS in Duluth. That avocation is long behind me, but I still take requests. Yesterday a friend wrote and requested a marmot picture. So let me, uh-um, clear my throat and find […]

The Mother of All Badgers

The Mother of All Badgers

Marty’s photo of the day #2493: The Mother of All Badgers. . . . or at least the ones on this hill. (Photographed in the Bitterroot Valley of Montana)

Black flying fox

Black flying fox

Marty’s photo of the day #2492: “Hmm . . .  I seem to have a black flying fox attached to me.” (Photographed in Queensland, Australia)

Pileated woodpecker

Pileated woodpecker

Marty’s photo of the day #2491: I bet you didn’t know that pileated woodpeckers supplement their diet by eating berries. (Photographed in Montana)

Greetings from Grand Rapids, Michigan!

Greetings from Grand Rapids, Michigan!

Marty’s photo of the day #2490: Greetings from Grand Rapids, Michigan! I have been up since 2:15 a.m., driving to the airport and flying from Montana. Because of the goofy flight schedule, I’m actually here a day early. Tomorrow night, at 9:00 p.m., I present “Around the World in 90 Minutes” at Grand Valley State […]

How I know Planet Earth is totally screwed

How I know Planet Earth is totally screwed

Here’s how I know Planet Earth is totally screwed: I live in the mountains, in the Bitterroot Valley. No matter what the temperature, I go on a half-hour bike ride each morning down the hill to my mailbox to get the newspaper. I do this both for exercise (the ride back up is strenuous) and […]

Quieter than a wolf on a hunt

Quieter than a wolf on a hunt

Marty’s photo of the day #2489: “Shhhhh! I’m in my front yard, sneaking up on a moose. . . . . I’m quieter than a wolf on a hunt. She doesn’t have a clue that I’m here. Um . . . I take that back!”

Artsy red-winged blackbird

Artsy red-winged blackbird

Marty’s photo of the day #2488: It’s time to get artsy again! We’ve all seen red-winged blackbirds photographed from the front or from the side, but my favorite shots are those taken from unconventional angles. (Photographed in the Bitterroot Valley of Montana)

Muskrat age verification

Muskrat age verification

Marty’s photo of the day #2487: Your age will determine your reaction to this photo: If you are under 50: “Oh, look! It’s a cute muskrat!” If you are over 50: “Oh, shit! Now I’m going to be stuck on ‘Muskrat Love’ for the rest of the day!”

Return of the hummingbirds

Return of the hummingbirds

Marty’s photo of the day #2486: Looking forward to the return of the hummingbirds!

The real tortoise and the hare

The real tortoise and the hare

Marty’s photo of the day #2485: Little did the tortoise know: the hare had passed the finish line hours ago. (Gopher tortoise, photographed in Florida)

Juvenile badger

Juvenile badger

Marty’s photo of the day #2484: Here’s a photo taken near where I live in Montana: a juvenile badger.

Columbian ground squirrels

Columbian ground squirrels

Marty’s photo of the day #2483: Here’s a photo taken near where I live in Montana: Columbian ground squirrels.

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