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Monthly archives for September, 2019

I totally planned this shot

I totally planned this shot

Marty’s photo of the day #3014: I totally planned this shot. (Sandhill crane and the red-winged blackbird, photographed in the Bitterroot Valley of Montana.)

For my wife

For my wife

Marty’s photo of the day #3013: I can’t believe it! Deb and I have been married 35 years as of today. This is one of my favorite photos of her, and here’s why: I could never be married to a woman who wasn’t intelligent, outspoken, brave, and adventurous. I wish you could have seen how […]

Hell, yes! Beto O’Rourke!

Hell, yes! Beto O’Rourke!

I haven’t decided who I will ultimately support in the Democratic primary, but this week two of the candidates who were in the middle of my list switched positions. When Beto O’Rourke said during the debates, “Hell, yes, we’re going to take your AR-15, your AK-47, and we’re not going to allow it to be […]

Praying Mantis

Praying Mantis

Marty’s photo of the day #3012: If I were an art student, I would call this “A Study In Green.” (Praying mantis, photographed in Zimbabwe.)

Athabasca River Elk

Athabasca River Elk

Marty’s photo of the day #3011: I’m so glad I no longer use film cameras! I used film cameras for about half of my travels for my first book, Cool Creatures, Hot Planet: Exploring the Seven Continents, before forever switching to digital. The bitch about film is that if something went wrong, I wouldn’t know […]

Hard times for reincarnation believers

Hard times for reincarnation believers

Marty’s photo of the day #3010: With the recent deaths of David Koch and Jeffrey Epstein, it’s getting harder and harder for those who believe in reincarnation to feel good about snacking on barbecued grubs sold by street vendors in Peru. I mean, how do you know who you might be eating? You gotta admit, […]

Alligator Reflections

Alligator Reflections

Marty’s photo of the day #3009: Today we go extreme artsy with “Alligator Reflections,” photographed in the Everglades.

A penguin parable

A penguin parable

Marty’s photo of the day #3007: To the average person this is just a group of penguins. So let me—an expert in penguin politics—interpret this photo for you, which I smuggled in from a Russian research facility on Antarctica: There are both Adélie and gentoo penguins in this image. For years the gentoos have had […]

Toucan

Toucan

Marty’s photo of the day #3006: Toucans are difficult to photograph in the rainforest. They’re skittish and there always seems to be a tree branch blocking the view. Here’s one I photographed while hiking in Costa Rica.

Humpback Whale

Humpback Whale

Marty’s photo of the day #3005: Humpback whale along the coast of Antarctica.

The Dog Warp

The Dog Warp

Marty’s photo of the day #3004: It’s just a jump to the left And then a step to the right With your hands on your hips You bring your knees in tight . . .

More entertaining than the Trump family perp walk

More entertaining than the Trump family perp walk

You know what’s going to be even more entertaining than when Donald Trump gets his ass kicked in the 2020 election? His pouting? His temper tantrums? Melania dumping him for a richer man? World leaders confessing what they really think of him? The Trump family perp walk? No! Well, okay—yes. All of the above is […]

Arctic Lousewort

Arctic Lousewort

Marty’s photo of the day #3003: One arctic lousewort against the world.(Photographed in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge)

Inspiration for Trump?

Inspiration for Trump?

Marty’s photo of the day #3002: I photographed this in a small, rural Spanish city. It’s on the side of a Catholic church. I debated posting it, for fear that some Republican might share it over on Trump’s twitter feed, and he’d find it inspiring.

Being sensitive to poor little Mitch McConnell

Being sensitive to poor little Mitch McConnell

Republican Senator Mitch McConnell has been making the rounds on conservative media, snowflaking about how mean it is that liberals are calling him “Moscow Mitch.” I’ve carefully considered the senator’s sensitivity to the nickname, and in the spirit of treating him as fairly as he has treated others, I wish to say just one thing: […]

White ibis

White ibis

Marty’s photo of the day #3001: Here’s a white ibis. Photographed in the Everglades.

F*ck, f*cking guns!

F*ck, f*cking guns!

Three people were shot at the Minnesota State Fair last night. Having lived much of my life in Minnesota, I’ve been to that fair many times. Never once did I think, “Oh, I wonder if there will be a shooting while I’m there?” But now, such a thought enters the minds of millions of Americans […]

Pizza, beer, and mallards

Pizza, beer, and mallards

Marty’s photo of the day #3000: A few years ago Deb and I started a new tradition of grabbing some beers and picking up a pizza on the way to the Lee Metcalf National Wildlife Refuge. We stop along the dirt road at the edge of the big pond, set up lawn chairs, and have […]

Advice from Larry the Gator

Advice from Larry the Gator

Marty’s photo of the day #2999: A few years ago, I was hiking in the Everglades and came across this big guy, blocking my path. So I sat down, and the two of us had a wonderful conversation, solving all the world’s problems. It turns out that the gator’s name is Larry, and according to […]

Pelican take-ff

Pelican take-ff

Marty’s photo of the day #2998: Today we go artsy. This is an extreme close-up of a pelican taking off from a river.

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