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Monthly archives for December, 2019

The Karma Bear

The Karma Bear

Marty’s photo of the day #3119: “No it’s not unfair, and it’s not a witch hunt. Sooner or later you’re going to have to come down and face the big Karma bear. I’ll wait.”

Labs hate clothing

Labs hate clothing

Marty’s photo of the day #3118: I did some of the photography for Deb Essen’s book, Easy Weaving with Supplemental Warps. When her publisher requested outdoor shots, she and I headed to a Forest Service cabin in southern Montana for a weekend photo shoot. While many of the photos from that weekend made the book, […]

Bald eagle photobomb

Bald eagle photobomb

Marty’s photo of the day #3117: Damn! I was trying to photograph this swift, and a bald eagle got in the way, screwing up my focus and everything. (Photographed in the Bitterroot Valley of Montana)

Hanging out with the moose

Hanging out with the moose

Marty’s photo of the day #3116: I had to dig deep for this photo, taken when I was still using a film camera. This moose spent a year or more hanging around our house. That’s one of my favorite things about living in Montana. Deb and I built our house here in 1996, and we […]

Scraggly elk

Scraggly elk

Marty’s photo of the day #3115: “Uh-ho! The elk have spotted me!” I took this photograph in my front yard, during the month of May. The elk look a bit scraggly because they were in the midst of losing their winter coats.

Scenic British Columbia

Scenic British Columbia

Marty’s photo of the day #3114: Here’s a scenic shot, taken in northern British Columbia. The lakes up there are so beautiful!

There must be some Christmassy reason for it

There must be some Christmassy reason for it

Marty’s photo of the day #3113: It’s always tough deciding what to post on Christmas. Should I go with an animal or scenic shot, or should I find something more in the spirit of the day? Religion aside, I love touring the old Catholic Churches in Europe because the art inside them can be stunning, […]

Meanwhile in Antarctica . . . .

Meanwhile in Antarctica . . . .

Marty’s photo of the day #3112: The Sermon on the Rock.

IMPOTUS and windmills

IMPOTUS and windmills

Marty’s photo of the day #3111: “I know windmills very much. I have studied it better than anybody.”—Donald Trump, IMPOTUS Trump’s latest moronic statement sent me searching through my photos for this picture of my very yellow rental car next to a newly built windmill blade. I took the photo when I performed “Around the […]

It’s not the toads’ fault

It’s not the toads’ fault

Marty’s photo of the day #3110: This is a marine toad (also called a cane toad) that I photographed in Puerto Rico. These large toads are native to South America and have been introduced to places like Puerto Rico and Australia, where they have created havoc. It’s not the toads’ fault, of course, it’s the […]

Bedtime for baby orangutans

Bedtime for baby orangutans

Marty’s photo of the day #3109: One night, I hiked through the Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre, which is located in the rainforest of Borneo. I heard a noise and discovered these two escapees. The rehabilitation center takes in orangutans that have been displaced or injured due to the ripping down of rainforests in favor of […]

Mana Pools National Park

Mana Pools National Park

Marty’s photo of the day #3108: Under all of this vegetation is one of the smaller unnamed pools in Mana Pool National Park. It’s also great place for snakes and young crocodiles to hang out. (Photographed in Zimbabwe)

What if Mike Pence had an attack of ethics?

What if Mike Pence had an attack of ethics?

Now that Donald Trump has been impeached, reporters in the legitimate media pretty much agree that Republican senators will ignore their oath to “do impartial justice” and quickly acquit the Oval Office Sociopath of his crimes against America. But what if Republican politicians actually believed in the tenets of Christianity rather than just using it […]

Yellowstone at its best

Yellowstone at its best

Marty’s photo of the day #3107: Yellowstone National Park is at its best when you get out of the car and hike away from the crowds.

Crabby

Crabby

Marty’s photo of the day #3106: Someone’s going to be crabby today! (Photographed in Costa Rica)

Red-shouldered hawk

Red-shouldered hawk

Marty’s photo of the day #3105: I’m not totally sure what species this hawk is, because I couldn’t find a perfect match in books or on the internet. I’m going with red-shouldered hawk, but if you have a better suggestion, let me know. (Photographed in Montana)

Eurasian coot

Eurasian coot

Marty’s photo of the day #3104: Eurasian coot, photographed in Italy.

The best live band in the world today

The best live band in the world today

Marty’s photo of the day #3103: Throughout our marriage, Deb and I have done some crazy things on the spur of the moment—from suddenly deciding to move to Montana to suddenly deciding to travel all seven continents for my first book—but one of the craziest happened the night I introduced Deb to the Dutch band […]

Castles in Italy

Castles in Italy

Marty’s photo of the day #3102: When Deb and I were in Spain and France, working on my first book, Cool Creatures, Hot Planet: Exploring the Seven Continents, we had great luck finding walled cities and old abandoned castles that we could get inside to explore with no other humans in sight. When we were […]

L’Arena di Verona

L’Arena di Verona

Marty’s photo of the day #3101: A year ago this week, Deb and I were in Italy. In this photo we are standing in L’Arena di Verona, the fourth largest coliseum in Italy. It was built in the first century, and it’s actually older than the more famous coliseum in Rome. Imagine if such coliseums […]

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