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Monthly archives for January, 2021

Date night and dingo-mode

Date night and dingo-mode

Marty’s photos of the day #3505: Like many of you, the COVID-19 pandemic has kept Deb and me at home for eleven months and counting (and I’m holding off on a haircut until I get my vaccine). So the other day, I proposed that we dress up, have a fancy dinner, and attend a concert, […]

Castle in Spain

Castle in Spain

Marty’s photo of the day #3504: Me, looking up from below: “Rapunzel! Rapunzel! Let down your hair.” And yes, I did consider digitally inserting the senator from Vermont and calling out, “Bernie! Bernie! Let down your mittens.” (Photographed in Spain)

Iceberg up-close

Iceberg up-close

Marty’s photo of the day #3503: For anyone who’s wanted to know what an iceberg looks like up-close. Photographed off the coast of Antarctica.

Moose nap

Moose nap

Marty’s photo of the day #3502: This photo is from several summers ago—a young moose taking a nap in our “front yard.”

Osprey

Osprey

Marty’s photo of the day #3501: Osprey, photographed in the Bitterroot Valley of Montana.

Willow ptarmigan

Willow ptarmigan

Marty’s photo of the day #3500: This is a willow ptarmigan, photographed in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. And thanks to President Joe Biden for moving quickly to once again protect the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge from greedy oil companies!

Paddling in the rainy season

Paddling in the rainy season

Marty’s photo of the day #3499: Deb paddles her little dugout through the Amazon Rainforest in Peru. I took this photo during the rainy season. Had it been the dry season, she would have been on solid ground.

Watch out, Bernie!

Watch out, Bernie!

Marty’s photo of the day #3498: “Watch out for that giant anaconda, Bernie!”

Yes, he’s was a “big boy”

Yes, he’s was a “big boy”

Marty’s photo of the day #3497: To preserve my reputation as an ethical wildlife photographer, I always divulge when I digitally manipulate a photo beyond color and light levels. In this instance, I came across this bear while hiking in Yellowstone National Park and paralleled him for a bit. Suddenly, he reared up on his […]

The old uncle owl-sitter

The old uncle owl-sitter

Marty’s photo of the day #3496: Here’s another photo from the Bitterroot Valley of Montana. This is a very large juvenile long-eared owl. The mother was out hunting, but fortunately an old uncle was nearby to babysit the youngster.

The punk rocker of the rainforest

The punk rocker of the rainforest

Marty’s photo of the day #3495: Today we go to Queensland, Australia for the punk rocker of the rainforest: the Boyd’s forest dragon.

Yes, fucking finally: Our first female Vice President!

Yes, fucking finally: Our first female Vice President!

Marty’s photo of the day #3494: I took this photo of the Reflecting Pool and the Washington Monument back when Barack Obama was president. Both will look even better today, now that fascism has been defeated, Donald Trump has left the city, Joe Biden will soon be president, and we will finally—yes fucking finally!—have our […]

Young howler/old howler

Young howler/old howler

Marty’s photo of the day #3493: I haven’t posted any photos from Costa Rica for a while, so here’s a young howler monkey. Speaking of howlers . . . . Just one more day of the biggest crybaby howler of them all, Donald Trump!

The top of Victoria Falls

The top of Victoria Falls

Marty’s photo of the day #3492: I took this photo in Zimbabwe. You are looking at a tiny channel of Victoria Falls—the widest curtain of water on Earth—just before the river makes its big drop.

Take note

Take note

Marty’s photo of the day #3491: I’ve always loved this photo of my wife, Deb. At the time I took it, we were at the Hotel Schwarzsee, high in the Swiss Alps, near the base of the Matterhorn. The only way to get to the tiny hotel was by gondola (cable car), and each night […]

French turtles

French turtles

Marty’s photo of the day #3491: Today we go to France for turtles. These are Mauremys leprosas, the rarest terrapins living in France. The only known population in the country is along the border with Spain.

So tiny!

So tiny!

Marty’s photo of the day #3491: A tiny green tree frog sits on a finger in the Amazon Rainforest of Peru.

Gentoo penguin family

Gentoo penguin family

Marty’s photo of the day #3490: A gentoo penguin family on a foggy day, off the coast of Antarctica.

Playing with octopuses

Playing with octopuses

Marty’s photo of the day #3489: This is one of the two octopuses Deb and I played with while visiting the Sea of Cortez in Mexico. The story of our octopus adventure will appear in my sixth book, Hits, Heathens, and Hippos: Stories from an Agent, Activist, and Adventurer. That book is ready to go, […]

Evil Owl vs. Silly Owl

Evil Owl vs. Silly Owl

Marty’s photo of the day #3488: Evil vs. Silly. Here are the last two photos I’m going to post of the great gray owl that hung out at Deb’s and my house on Saturday. I made these photos near the end of that visit. The owl had moved to the arbor at the back corner […]

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