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Monthly archives for June, 2021

The curious deer

The curious deer

Marty’s photo of the day #3630: Every morning before work, I take my dog, Nellie, to a clearing in the woods by my house, and we attempt to play Frisbee. Yesterday, we had a very curious (and I think very pregnant) doe hanging around. First, I had to talk the deer out of Deb’s garden, […]

Camp Desolation

Camp Desolation

Marty’s photo of the day #3629: For this photo I’m looking south, with the Brooks Range in the distance and the Arctic Ocean to my back. The blue tent is Deb’s and mine. We crossed the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, canoeing the Jago River from the base of the mountains to the Arctic Ocean. At […]

Fox on the run

Fox on the run

Marty’s photo of the day #3628: A red fox runs out of a streambed in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge of Alaska.

Venice side canal

Venice side canal

Marty’s photo of the day #3627: This is one of the side canals in Venice, Italy. I don’t know about you, but it just seems to me that—at any moment—James Bond should come racing down the canal in a speedboat, with some villain in hot pursuit.

Lynx in the snow

Lynx in the snow

Marty’s photo of the day #3626: Here’s a nice (total cheat) shot of a lynx enjoying the snow in my backyard.

Gentoo and chinstrap penguins

Gentoo and chinstrap penguins

Marty’s photo of the day #3625: I have been out all day, so I’m late posting. And when I am late, I often reach into my stash of penguin photos. This shot (taken off the cost of Antarctica) shows both chinstrap and gentoo penguins.

The only white people around

The only white people around

Marty’s photo of the day #3624: When Deb and I traveled all seven continents, there were multiple times when we were the only white people around. In all such instances, the residents greeted us with smiles. While I can’t say it would change every Republican, I do think more would stop fearing/hating/resenting brown people if […]

Pine cone art

Pine cone art

Marty’s photo of the day #3623: This artsy scene caught my eye, as Deb and I walked our property this past weekend. I didn’t touch a thing; nature had already lined up the pinecones.

Arrowleaf balsamroot

Arrowleaf balsamroot

Marty’s photo of the day #3622: The forest surrounding our house is in full-bloom, with blue lupines and arrowleaf balsamroot. Here’s one of the balsamroots.

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