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Monthly archives for December, 2020

Please tell me . . .

Please tell me . . .

Marty’s photo of the day #3477: “Please tell me that 2020 is over and the Donald Trump will soon be gone.” (Agile wallaby, photographed in Australia)

B&W Platypus

B&W Platypus

Marty’s photo of the day #3476: People seemed to like yesterday’s artsy black and white photo looking straight down on a well-camouflaged alligator, so I’ve decided to stick with that theme. Today’s artsy black and white photo looks straight down on a surfacing platypus, in Queensland, Australia.

B&W Alligator

B&W Alligator

Marty’s photo of the day #3475: Today we are going super-artsy, with a black and white version of a well-camouflaged alligator I photographed in the Everglades.

Hits, Heathens, and Hippos cover reveal

Hits, Heathens, and Hippos cover reveal

Just arrived! The cover for my sixth book: Hits, Heathens, and Hippos. I don’t have a publication date yet, as I’m still evaluating publishing options. It could be as early as February or as late as November. I also have some great back cover blurbs from celebrities. Here’s one of them: “Hits, Heathens, and Hippos […]

Sunset on the Sea of Cortez

Sunset on the Sea of Cortez

Marty’s photo of the day #3474: Sunset along the Sea of Cortez in Mexico.

The Alaska Highway

The Alaska Highway

Marty’s photo of the day #3473: This is Alaska Highway, somewhere in British Columbia. Here’s what I wrote about the highway in my first book, Cool Creatures, Hot Planet: Exploring the Seven Continents: An hour or so later we reached the town of Dawson Creek, British Columbia, and the official start of the Alaska Highway. […]

My dingo! (Well, sort of)

My dingo! (Well, sort of)

I was completely wrong! When Deb and I adopted Nellie (then a nine-month old stray) from the animal shelter four months ago, I guessed that she was a Labrador retriever-Australian shepherd cross. As one of my Christmas presents, my son and daughter-in-law ordered a DNA test for Nellie. It turns out that Nellie is one-half […]

The big Spanish door

The big Spanish door

Marty’s photo of the day #3472: This is the last of my Catholic Church photos from Spain until next Christmas. Today’s is of a huge door at the entrance to one of those churches. While I believe that much of the labor to build these magnificent churches came via slaves, this door is actually signed, […]

Another Spanish Church

Another Spanish Church

Marty’s photo of the day #3471: As I have done during Christmases in the past, I’m digging into my church photos from Spain. Here’s what I wrote in my first book, Cool Creatures, Hot Planet: Exploring the Seven Continents: Madrid is a grand old city with gigantic churches, enormous palaces, and magnificent sculptures. The churches […]

Imagine the good churches could do if . . .

Imagine the good churches could do if . . .

Marty’s photo of the day #3470: Since Christmas is here, it’s time to dig into my church photos from Spain. Here’s what I wrote in my first book, Cool Creatures, Hot Planet: Exploring the Seven Continents: Madrid is a grand old city with gigantic churches, enormous palaces, and magnificent sculptures. The churches in particular were […]

ANWR Caribou

ANWR Caribou

Marty’s photo of the day #3469: Caribou, photographed in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

Cactus gulls

Cactus gulls

Marty’s photo of the day #3468: Here’s a scene you don’t see every day—gulls atop cactuses. The photo makes more sense when you know that I was on the Sea of Cortez, looking ashore, when I took it.

What responsible people do for Christmas this year

What responsible people do for Christmas this year

Yesterday Deb and I met our son halfway between our houses (we live 40 miles apart), stood outside wearing masks, and exchanged boxes of Christmas presents. This year, for the first time ever, Deb and I will spend Christmas alone (just like we did on Thanksgiving). We are doing so because we are responsible people, […]

Holding a great horned owl

Holding a great horned owl

Marty’s photo of the day #3467: Several years ago, I was on a college speaking tour in New York. One of my weekend “filler” engagements was at the Tanglewood Nature Center in Elmira. After my show, I got to hold this gorgeous great horned owl.

Whipsnake

Whipsnake

Marty’s photo of the day #3466: Whipsnake, photographed in the Amazon Rainforest of Peru.

Artsy red-winged blackbird

Artsy red-winged blackbird

Marty’s photo of the day #3465: Today we go artsy, with a red-winged blackbird, photographed in the Bitterroot Valley of Montana.

Toucan

Toucan

Marty’s photo of the day #3464: A high-resolution version of this toucan photo appears in my second book, Endangered Edens: Exploring the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Costa Rica, the Everglades, and Puerto Rico. (Photographed in Costa Rica.)

The Right’s pathetic attempt to create controversy

The Right’s pathetic attempt to create controversy

After four years of hate, lies, crimes, and treason from Donald Trump and his ilk, watching right-wingers attempt to manufacture controversy about Joe Biden, Kamala Harris, and their families seems not only hypocritical but banal. Obviously, Hunter Biden is going to be their new Benghazi. (Apparently Democratic parents are responsible for what their children do, […]

Viceroy Butterfly

Viceroy Butterfly

Marty’s photo of the day #3463: I enjoy photographing butterflies. They’re a challenge to photograph, but with patience one can usually be successful. This is a viceroy butterfly, which is a mimic of the monarch butterfly. (Photographed in Florida)

African rock python

African rock python

Marty’s photo of the day #3462: I photographed this seven-foot-long African rock python while hiking across Mana Pools National Park in Zimbabwe.

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