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Monthly archives for August, 2018

Your weekend Trump update

Your weekend Trump update

If you’re like me, you start each morning with a quick check of the news to see if you’ve been having a long bad dream and that Donald Trump is still just a game show host. Unfortunately it’s not a dream. But if you’d like to get an early start on the weekend, here’s a […]

Badger mother and baby

Badger mother and baby

Marty’s photo of the day #2642: A mother badger shares a moment with one of her babies. (Photographed in the Bitterroot Valley of Montana)

Come for a swim!

Come for a swim!

Marty’s photo of the day #2641: This is one of the pools at Mana Pools National Park in Zimbabwe. The crocodiles would like me to tell you that the water is the perfect temperature, and they would like to invite you for an invigorating swim.

Burton’s legless lizard

Burton’s legless lizard

Marty’s photo of the day #2640: This is a Burton’s legless lizard, not a snake. Why? Differences include ear openings (snakes do not have ear openings), skin flaps where they used to have legs before they evolved, and a detachable tail. (Photographed in Australia)

You’ve got the look

You’ve got the look

Marty’s photo of the day #2639: If you are married or in a long-term relationship, I guarantee you’ve seen this look before—or given it. (Long-eared owl, photographed in Montana.)

Donald Trump to require Canada goose documentation

Donald Trump to require Canada goose documentation

Marty’s photo of the day #2638: So far Donald Trump hasn’t figured out how to put a tariff on Canada geese, but he recently tweeted: “No Canada goose will be allowed in Amerika without dumantasion. They’re spying for Canada. They’re eating our fish. They’re Amerikan eagle RAPISTS. And some, I assume, are good burds. Secratay […]

Animals A to Z. The Letter Z

Animals A to Z. The Letter Z

Marty’s photo of the day #2637: It’s “Animals A thru Z Month.” Each day in August, I will post an animal I’ve photographed—somewhere in the world—in alphabetical order. Z is for Zebra. When I present my show “Around the World in 90 Minutes” at colleges, the last animal photo I show is this one. I […]

Animals A to Z. The Letter Y

Animals A to Z. The Letter Y

Marty’s photo of the day #2636: It’s “Animals A thru Z Month.” Each day in August, I will post an animal I’ve photographed—somewhere in the world—in alphabetical order. Y is for Yellow-headed blackbird. I’m always amazed at just how many beautiful birds I can find within a half-hour of my house. I photographed this yellow-headed […]

Animals A to Z. The Letter X

Animals A to Z. The Letter X

Marty’s photo of the day #2635: It’s “Animals A thru Z Month.” Each day in August, I will post an animal I’ve photographed—somewhere in the world—in alphabetical order. X is for Xenopholis scalaris. The common name for a Xenopholis scalaris is a Wucherer’s ground snake. I checked the comprehensive animal encyclopedias I own, and none […]

Animals A to Z. The Letter W

Animals A to Z. The Letter W

Marty’s photo of the day #2634: It’s “Animals A thru Z Month.” Each day in August, I will post an animal I’ve photographed—somewhere in the world—in alphabetical order. W is for Wallaby. Wallabies are small-to-medium sized kangaroos—members of the Macropodidae family. The wallaby in this photo is Herbie, an adolescent agile wallaby who had lost […]

“I have the best people.”

“I have the best people.”

With Michael Cohen’s guilty plea and Paul Manafort’s guilty verdicts today, let’s reminisce about three of Donald Trump’s most memorable campaign promises: “I have the best people.” “I will build a great, great wall on our southern border, and I will make Mexico pay for that wall. Mark my words.” “Look at those hands. Are […]

Animals A to Z. The Letter V

Animals A to Z. The Letter V

Marty’s photo of the day #2633: It’s “Animals A thru Z Month.” Each day in August, I will post an animal I’ve photographed—somewhere in the world—in alphabetical order. V is for Vampire Bat. Vampire bats are often exterminated when humans move into their territory. The bats are holding their own, for now, but they’re a […]

Animals A to Z. The Letter U

Animals A to Z. The Letter U

Marty’s photo of the day #2632: It’s “Animals A thru Z Month.” Each day in August, I will post an animal I’ve photographed—somewhere in the world—in alphabetical order. U is for Union Jack. I photographed this beautiful union jack butterfly while walking along the coast of northern Queensland.

Animals A to Z: The Letter T

Animals A to Z: The Letter T

Marty’s photo of the day #2631: It’s “Animals A thru Z Month.” Each day in August, I will post an animal I’ve photographed—somewhere in the world—in alphabetical order. T is for Tortoise. Desert tortoises are listed as “threatened” under the Endangered Species Act. I photographed this tortoise in the Mojave National Preserve, which is on […]

Animals A to Z. The Letter S

Animals A to Z. The Letter S

Marty’s photo of the day #2630: It’s “Animals A thru Z Month.” Each day in August, I will post an animal I’ve photographed—somewhere in the world—in alphabetical order. S is for Seal. Female Antarctic fur seals weigh up to 150 pounds and males up to 460 pounds. Antarctic fur seals were hunted to near extinction, […]

Animals A to Z. The Letter R

Animals A to Z. The Letter R

Marty’s photo of the day #2629: It’s “Animals A thru Z Month.” Each day in August, I will post an animal I’ve photographed—somewhere in the world—in alphabetical order. R is for Rhinoceros Beetle. At only three inches long, the rhinoceros beetle is considered by some to be the world’s strongest animal. Tests have shown it […]

Animals A to Z. The Letter Q

Animals A to Z. The Letter Q

Marty’s photo of the day #2628: It’s “Animals A thru Z Month.” Each day in August, I will post an animal I’ve photographed—somewhere in the world—in alphabetical order. Q is for Quail. This California quail lives near my house. Of all the birds that live near me, these are the most exotic-looking. I’d expect to […]

Pat Robertson had a dream. So did I.

Pat Robertson had a dream. So did I.

“God came to me in a dream last night and showed me the future. He took me to heaven, and I saw Donald Trump seated at the right hand of our Lord.”—Pat Robertson “What a coincidence! Satan came to me in a dream last night and showed me the future. He took me to hottest […]

Animals A to Z. The Letter P

Animals A to Z. The Letter P

Marty’s photo of the day #2627: It’s “Animals A thru Z Month.” Each day in August, I will post an animal I’ve photographed—somewhere in the world—in alphabetical order. P is for Painted Dogs. I photographed this pack of painted dogs in Zimbabwe. Big eared, long legged, and gangly, each dog has a unique coat pattern. […]

Animals A to Z. The Letter O

Animals A to Z. The Letter O

Marty’s photo of the day #2626: It’s “Animals A thru Z Month.” Each day in August, I will post an animal I’ve photographed—somewhere in the world—in alphabetical order. O is for Orangutan. Orangutans are the world’s largest tree-dwelling animals. In the Malay language, orangutan means “man of the forest.” Considering that they share 96.4 percent […]

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