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Monthly archives for February, 2021

La Villa de Castrotorafe

La Villa de Castrotorafe

Marty’s photo of the day #3530: For today’s post, we go all the way back to my first book, Cool Creatures, Hot Planet: Exploring the Seven Continents, for this short excerpt: Our goal for the day was to reach the town of Cangas de Onis near the Atlantic Ocean’s Bay of Biscay. Although we had […]

My romantic comedy wedding

My romantic comedy wedding

Marty’s photo of the day #3529: The following excerpt from my newly published sixth book, Hits, Heathens, and Hippos: Stories from an Agent, Activist, and Adventurer, takes place in northern Minnesota: Our ceremony could have been right out of a romantic comedy. On the lakeshore, in front of the cabin, is a round washing-machine-sized rock […]

Lizards think I’m ugly

Lizards think I’m ugly

Marty’s photo of the day #3528: The following excerpt from my newly published sixth book, Hits, Heathens, and Hippos: Stories from an Agent, Activist, and Adventurer, takes place in Australia: I had decided to hike up every river within a ten-mile stretch of Queensland coast. Since all the rivers dropped down from the mountains, I […]

Drunk shopping

Drunk shopping

Marty’s photo of the day #3527: The following excerpt from my newly published sixth book, “Hits, Heathens, and Hippos: Stories from an Agent, Activist, and Adventurer,” takes place in Cangas de Onís, Spain: Once we finished our excellent meal, the man from behind the bar walked over and introduced himself as Angel, one of the […]

What is it like to be attacked by a hippo?

What is it like to be attacked by a hippo?

Marty’s photo of the day #3526: What is it like to be attacked by a hippo? This excerpt from my newly published sixth book, Hits, Heathens, and Hippos: Stories from an Agent, Activist, and Adventurer, will put you in the canoe with Deb and me. The adventure takes place in Zimbabwe: As the sun dropped […]

Defying death in Borneo

Defying death in Borneo

Marty’s photo of the day #3525: One of the chapters in my newly published sixth book, Hits, Heathens, and Hippos: Stories from an Agent, Activist, and Adventurer, follows Deb and me on a death-defying backpacking trip in Borneo with the Iban, a tribe once famous for headhunting. Here’s an excerpt from that chapter. Johnathan was […]

Dying before finishing would really piss me off

Dying before finishing would really piss me off

Marty’s photo of the day #3524: As an author, I can’t think of anything that would piss me off more than working for months and months on a book, only to die before it was published. Even if someone tries to finish the deceased author’s book (as has happened for some), it’s never as good […]

Nearing the tree line

Nearing the tree line

Marty’s photo of the day #3523: I took this photo north of the Arctic Circle in Alaska. As you can see, the tree line (where trees can no longer grow) is approaching. As I continued north, these scraggly trees would give way to tundra.

Amazing Dall sheep

Amazing Dall sheep

Marty’s photo of the day #3522: I thought about cropping this photo, so you could see the Dall sheep better; then I thought better of it. The sight of these amazing animals on the steep rock face—especially the two that are away from the others—is what makes this photo. (Photographed north of the Arctic Circle, […]

Green tree frog, Australia

Green tree frog, Australia

Marty’s photo of the day #3521: Green tree frog, photographed in northern Queensland, Australia.

Spring geese

Spring geese

Marty’s photo of the day #3520: Here’s a photo for anyone eager for spring. (Canada geese, photographed in the Bitterroot Valley of Montana)

Nellie and the killer deer

Nellie and the killer deer

Marty’s photo of the day #3519: Deb’s and my house looks down a tree-filled hill with multiple benches. Every winter, when the snow gets deep, one or more deer take to sleeping on the closest bench to our house. Yesterday was the first day that happened since our dog, Nellie, joined our family. Consequently, Nellie […]

The princess and her pillows

The princess and her pillows

Marty’s photo of the day #3518: Dogs are all about routines, and Nellie only needs to observe something twice before declaring it a routine. One of her favorite routines happens at bedtime. My wife, Deb, always precedes me into bed by a few minutes, taking her pillow, stacking my three pillows to the side, and […]

Oregon coast

Oregon coast

Marty’s photo of the day #3517: The Oregon coast, as the fog moves in.

The Tree House

The Tree House

Marty’s photo of the day #3516: I can’t say that winter is my favorite season, but if we’re going to have winter—let’s have it! None of that 37 degrees and brown crap. Therefore I’m pleased that 13 degrees and a foot of snow have arrived to our home in Montana. I enjoyed an early morning […]

Creatures of the night

Creatures of the night

Marty’s photo of the day #3515: Whenever I’m in a region of the world with a rainforest, my favorite thing to do is wait until dark and then head out with a flashlight. Often the creatures of the night look like they are from another planet. Here’s a katydid from one of my night hikes […]

This will not be The Trump Airport

This will not be The Trump Airport

Marty’s photo of the day #3514: Today’s photo is from Costa Rica. This is the funky little Golfito Airport, which is a single landing strip cut into the rainforest, with a reservation counter, bench, and vending machine under a protective canopy. Rumor has it that Donald Trump approached the village of Golfito, desperate to have […]

Follow me!

Follow me!

Marty’s photo of the day #3513: I photographed this killdeer last year in western Montana. The bird was busy, leading me away from her nest.

Penguin or moose?

Penguin or moose?

Marty’s photo of the day #3512: We got a foot of snow last night, so I spent the last three-and-a-half hours outside snow blowing our long driveway. That, of course, means that I am behind on all the other projects I had planned for today. When I’m in a hurry, a good way to make […]

New York City stories

New York City stories

Marty’s photo of the day #3511: I took this photo of New York City several years ago, when I was on a college speaking tour. My soon-to-be-released humorous memoir, Hits, Heathens, and Hippos: Stories from an Agent, Activist, and Adventurer, features several stories that revolve around New York City, including my trips there when I […]

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