Nature photography, political rants, and Martyman laughs from the ten-time award-winning author Marty Essen

Monthly archives for June, 2021

GQP hot air

GQP hot air

Marty’s photo of the day #3649: If Republicans had balls, even one-billionth the size of these, we’d be well on our way to solving the global warming crisis and Donald Trump wouldn’t be starting up his white supremacist rallies again. So just remember: no matter what form the hot air comes in this summer, it’s […]

The Badlands

The Badlands

Marty’s photo of the day #3648: Deb and I just returned to Montana after a week-long trip to Minnesota for Deb’s father’s funeral. Milt Froehlich actually died back in January and caught COVID-19 while in the nursing home. He was too ornery to let COVID kill him, but after he recovered it was just time […]

The best seat in the rainforest

The best seat in the rainforest

Marty’s photo of the day #3647: A baby howler monkey rides through the Costa Rican rainforest on his mother’s back.

Berry-eating woodpecker

Berry-eating woodpecker

Marty’s photo of the day #3646: I never knew pileated woodpeckers ate anything but insects, until I watched this one munching berries beside my house.

The caribou surprise

The caribou surprise

Marty’s photo of the day #3646: Surprising some caribou, while canoeing the Aichilik River in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

Brown Pelican

Brown Pelican

Marty’s photo of the day #3645: Brown pelican, photographed on the Sea of Cortez.

Borneo stick insect

Borneo stick insect

Marty’s photo of the day #3644: Here’s one of the many stick insects I photographed while backpacking in the rainforest of Borneo.

Barter Island Airport

Barter Island Airport

Marty’s photo of the day #3643: After Deb and I canoed across the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (going south to north), we continued out onto the Arctic Ocean until reaching a tiny village on Barter Island. There we enjoyed hot showers and soft beds before flying back to Fairbanks the next morning. This photo shows […]

Yes, it’s a musk ox

Yes, it’s a musk ox

Marty’s photo of the day #3642: Today we go artsy with a photo you may have to look at for a bit to figure out. It’s an extreme close-up of a musk ox.

Desert tortoise

Desert tortoise

Marty’s photo of the day #3641: I photographed this desert tortoise while exploring the Mojave Desert, along the California-Arizona border. What a face!

The GOP’s Montana cabin

The GOP’s Montana cabin

Marty’s photo of the day #3640: If you follow political news, you’ve probably read that Arizona Republicans have clandestinely moved copies of their state’s 2020 election data to a remote cabin in Montana for “auditing.” Yeah, it’s always Montana. Many have speculated about the location of the cabin, but I have found it! Shhhh! “Important, […]

The Jesus Christ lizard

The Jesus Christ lizard

Marty’s photo of the day #3639: Don’t you just love the long rear claws of this Jesus Christ lizard? These lizards are named as such, because when they are young, they have the ability to run across small bodies of water—using only their hind legs. This large Jesus Christ lizard would sink. (Photographed in Costa […]

Spanish broom or . . .

Spanish broom or . . .

Marty’s photo of the day #3638: Two days ago: Marty (to Deb): “Did you see your patch of yellow flowers? They are in full bloom. It’s a little dark now, but tomorrow I’m going to have to photograph them. Deb: “They are Spanish broom, and I’ll remind you.” Yesterday: Deb (to Marty): “My Spanish broom […]

Baby badger cuteness

Baby badger cuteness

Marty’s photo of the day #3637: Baby badger cuteness. Photographed in the Bitterroot Valley of Montana.

Feeding time!

Feeding time!

Marty’s photo of the day #3636: A gentoo penguin chick tries to convince mom (or dad) that it’s feeding time. Photographed on a small island off the coast of Antarctica.

Blue lupines everywhere

Blue lupines everywhere

Marty’s photo of the day #3635: Deb and I live on a rural dirt road, called Blue Lupine Lane. Our property is on two levels. Our house is on the top acres and then our property drops into a small valley, with a pond and the namesake for our road—blue lupines. Everywhere!

Swallowtail Butterfly

Swallowtail Butterfly

Marty’s photo of the day #3634: This swallowtail butterfly was busy in Deb’s garden yesterday. The butterfly provided a good opportunity to try a feature in my new camera (Panasonic DMC-ZS100) that lets me look through the viewfinder while moving around the focus point on the screen with my finger. That feature is going to […]

Moss party

Moss party

Marty’s photo of the day #3633: I live in the Bitterroot Valley of Montana. Protected on either side by mountains, the valley is in the state’s banana belt. Having lived in the same house since 1996, I’m quite aware of how the area has been affected by climate change. It seems that every year I […]

White ibis

White ibis

Marty’s photo of the day #3632: White ibises, photographed in the Everglades.

Artsy gulls in Italy

Artsy gulls in Italy

Marty’s photo of the day #3631: Because of its history of attracting artists, poets, and directors, Lake Garda in northern Italy is often associated with the arts. So here’s my artsy contribution: black-headed gulls, all lined up on a wall.

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