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The most dangerous animal in Africa

The most dangerous animal in Africa

Marty’s photo of the day #3251: This is a Cape buffalo, photographed in Zimbabwe. From my first book, Cool Creatures, Hot Planet: Exploring the Seven Continents: Brian carried a high-powered rifle as a defense against animal attacks. He paused to warn us about animals that could force him to use it: “Contrary to what you […]

Oregon clams

Oregon clams

Marty’s photo of the day #3250: Today we go a bit artsy, with clams along the Oregon coast.

The story of the wandering albatrosses

The story of the wandering albatrosses

Marty’s photo of the day #3249: From my first book, Cool Creatures, Hot Planet: Exploring the Seven Continents: Even though we were hundreds of miles away from any significant landmass, our Drake Passage voyage was never boring. I spent much of my time outside on the bow enjoying the crisp Antarctic air and photographing the […]

Caving in Chillagoe

Caving in Chillagoe

Marty’s photo of the day #3248: Today’s photo is from a day Deb and I spent caving near the Australian Outback town of Chillagoe. We were searching the caves for Children’s pythons. Though we never found the snakes, we found spiders, bats, toads, and beautiful formations like this one.

Antarctica Mother’s Day

Antarctica Mother’s Day

Marty’s photo of the day #3247: Happy Mother’s Day.

Kuching rainstorm

Kuching rainstorm

Marty’s photo of the day #3246: A rainstorm passes over Kuching, Sarawak, on the island of Borneo.

Giant ceiba borer beetle

Giant ceiba borer beetle

Marty’s photo of the day #3245: Here’s a giant ceiba borer beetle that I photographed in the Amazon Rainforest of Peru. This beetle is three inches long!

White ibis

White ibis

Marty’s photo of the day #3244: This is an American white ibis, photographed in the Everglades.

Spectacled flying fox

Spectacled flying fox

Marty’s photo of the day #3243: This is a spectacled flying fox, photographed in Queensland, Australia. These bats have a three-foot-wide wingspan.

Bighorn sheep

Bighorn sheep

Marty’s photo of the day #3242: Bighorn sheep, photographed in the beautiful Bitterroot Valley of Montana.

The best way to deal with a Trumper? Mock on!

The best way to deal with a Trumper? Mock on!

Since the rise of Donald Trump, numerous liberal friends have disapproved of my treatment of those in the Trump Cult. While I treat Trumpers with snark, those friends feel that a better way to deal with such people his through friendly conversations and reasoning. Now that we are into year four of the Trump Cult, […]

Don’t worry little guy!

Don’t worry little guy!

Marty’s photo of the day #3241: This is a gopher tortoise, hanging out in his Florida burrow. “Don’t worry little guy! This will all be over soon. . . . Like on November 3rd.”

Believing Biden does not make you a hypocrite

Believing Biden does not make you a hypocrite

I’m tired of right-wingers accusing liberals of hypocrisy if they believe Joe Biden, not Tara Reade. I believe women’s sexual assault claims should be heard and respected. In fact, I even believe that the vast majority of the time it’s the women who are telling the truth, not the men. That said, there are times […]

It’s a baby wallaroo!

It’s a baby wallaroo!

Marty’s photo of the day #3240: In this photo, my wife, Deb, is feeding Bonnie, a silver wallaroo. Bonnie was in her mother’s pouch, when the two were hit by a car. The mother didn’t survive, but Bonnie was rescued and eventually released back into the wild. (Photographed in Queensland, Australia)

Patriot or terrorist? It all depends on skin color.

Patriot or terrorist? It all depends on skin color.

Marty’s photo of the day #3239: This is how right-wingers saw themselves when they did their cosplay stunt at the Michigan Capitol on Thursday. Oh, wait! Wrong photo. These men have brown skin, so it can’t be cosplay. Let me look it up in the Right-Wing Rule Book (Fox News Edition). Okay, here it is: […]

Leaf-mimic frog

Leaf-mimic frog

Marty’s photo of the day #3238: Here’s a leaf-mimic frog, photographed in the Amazon Rainforest of Peru.

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