Nature photography, political rants, and Martyman laughs from the ten-time award-winning author of "Cool Creatures, Hot Planet," "Endangered Edens," and the "Time Is Irreverent" series.

Who knows how long this will look so beautiful?

Marty’s photo of the day #2563: This aerial shot shows the Jago River and Bitty (the hill) in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Several days earlier, Deb and I had camped by the river, climbed to the top of Bitty, and canoed north, 35 miles, to the Arctic Ocean.
Since the creation of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Democrats had fought to preserve it, and for more than 30 years, Republicans had fought to give it to filthy rich oil companies. This past December Republicans finally won the battle, when congress passed a bill opening the refuge to drilling and President Evil signed it. Because what would Republicans be without greed—and the do-as-I-say-not-as-I-do conservative Christian base that gives them power?
Who knows how long this scene will look so beautiful?

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