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Monthly archives for November, 2019

Michelle Obama vs Donald Trump Jr.

Michelle Obama vs Donald Trump Jr.

Marty’s photos of the day #3088: I took this photo last December in Verona, Italy. As it was in this display, Michelle Obama’s book was everywhere. Now, with the recent news that the Republican Party bought copies of Donald Trump Jr’s book—earning him a rare asterisk on the New York Times Best Seller List—and the […]

Bear hide-and-seek

Bear hide-and-seek

Marty’s photo of the day #3087: “One one thousand, two one thousand, three one thousand, . . .”

Words for the cult and their angry Trumpsgiving

Words for the cult and their angry Trumpsgiving

Like many of you, I learned this week that liberals had declared war on Thanksgiving, and that Fox News and Trump cultists get very angry and explode in a high-blood-pressure rage at the very thought of renaming the holiday to call it “Celebrate Immigrants Day” and include brown people in what they believe is a […]

Longing for a Thanksgiving peacock costume

Longing for a Thanksgiving peacock costume

Marty’s photo of the day #3086: “This is scary! Next Thanksgiving, I’m getting a peacock costume too.”

A bear and her tree

A bear and her tree

Marty’s photo of the day #3085: “I didn’t touch the tree. I promise!” (Black bear, photographed in Yellowstone National Park)

The Gods of Artsy Light

The Gods of Artsy Light

Marty’s photo of the day #3084: Photography is all about light, and on one early Montana morning, the Gods of Artsy Light were in a particularly good mood.

Desert colors

Desert colors

Marty’s photo of the day #3083: A few years ago I was on a college speaking tour that took me to California and Arizona. During a day off between gigs, I headed into the Mojave Desert. I was searching for desert tortoises (see Saturday’s post) and was treated to a desert in full-bloom. Here’s a […]

The desert in bloom

The desert in bloom

Marty’s photo of the day #3082: A few years ago I was on a college speaking tour that took me to California and Arizona. During a day off between gigs, I headed into the Mojave Desert. I was searching for desert tortoises (see yesterday’s post) and was treated to a desert in full-bloom. Here’s a […]

The desert tortoise comes through

The desert tortoise comes through

Marty’s photo of the day #3081: A few years ago I was on a college speaking tour that took me to California and Arizona. During a day off between gigs, I headed into the Mojave Desert in search of a desert tortoise. Very rarely does nature cooperate and produce the very animal I’m looking for, […]

The Yagua children of the Amazon Rainforest

The Yagua children of the Amazon Rainforest

Marty’s photo of the day #3080: I loved visiting the Yagua villages along the rivers in the Amazon Rainforest. The children were always excited to see us, and we always came bearing gifts (T-shirts, sugar-free gum, harmonicas, and bubbles).

Amazing skin!

Amazing skin!

Marty’s photo of the day #3079: I just love the skin texture on this green iguana that I photographed in Puerto Rico. There’s so much going on!

Penguin before and after

Penguin before and after

Marty’s photo of the day #3078: Marty: “Ya know. It would be really cool if you guys could stand together, so I could show people a before-and-after picture of gentoo penguins molting.” Penguins: “How’s this?”

The King of all Rock Ptarmigans

The King of all Rock Ptarmigans

Marty’s photo of the day #3077: You are looking at the King of all Rock Ptarmigans, as he surveys his vast territory in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge of Alaska. (Or he just happened to pose that way for me—I’m not sure.)

A delightful stay in Southern France

A delightful stay in Southern France

Marty’s photo of the day #3076: This is the tiny village of Lesponne in Southern France. When Deb and I were in France, working on the Europe chapter for my first book, Cool Creatures, Hot Planet: Exploring the Seven Continents, we didn’t have a GPS or hotel reservations. We basically roamed, with the only goal […]

Ice on the Matterhorn

Ice on the Matterhorn

Marty’s photo of the day #3075: I took this picture while Deb, a friend, and I were hiking to the Matterhorn in Switzerland. We didn’t have any climbing equipment, so our goal was to make it only a third of the way up. Unfortunately, we hit ice at a quarter of the way up and […]

Not exotic, but artsy

Not exotic, but artsy

Marty’s photo of the day #3074: This photo of a female red-winged blackbird, in the Bitterroot Valley, may be the least exotic photo I ever posted. Still, I like it. We’ll file it under “artsy.”

The Bluebird of Trump Family Perp-Walks

The Bluebird of Trump Family Perp-Walks

Marty’s photo of the day #3073: The Bluebird of Trump Family Perp-Walks. (Photographed in Yellowstone National Park)

Dall sheep

Dall sheep

Marty’s photo of the day #3072: Dall sheep (also known as thinhorn sheep), photographed along a river in the Yukon Territory.

Double-crested cormorant

Double-crested cormorant

Marty’s photo of the day #3071: This is a double-crested cormorant, photographed on a little island in the Sea of Cortez. Gotta love the white head-plumage!

Polar bear track vs. woman’s hand

Polar bear track vs. woman’s hand

Marty’s photo of the day #3070: Polar bear track vs. woman’s hand. (Photographed in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge)

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