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Monthly archives for July, 2021

They don’t get any cuter than this!

They don’t get any cuter than this!

Marty’s photo of the day #3679: I rarely choose my photo of the day until minutes before posting. That’s because sometimes one of my older photos will fit a current event, sometimes I really have to dig, and other times I haven’t shot the photo yet (that’s the beauty of living in the forest at […]

Kicking back at the stream

Kicking back at the stream

Marty’s photo of the day #3678: Deb and I most definitely have “type A” personalities. We’re both book authors, both educational speakers, and both run separate businesses. Even so, sometimes we just have to kick back and watch the world go by. Two weekends ago we backpacked six miles into a remote mountain cabin, which […]

Tiger leeches attack!

Tiger leeches attack!

Marty’s photo of the day #3677: When Deb and I backpacked through the rainforest of Borneo, tiger leeches, posed like this one, were an uncommon sight. That’s because we usually didn’t see them until they grabbed onto us, worked their way through our socks, and started draining us of our blood. Fortunately, tiger leeches don’t […]

Sweetheart underwing in Montana!

Sweetheart underwing in Montana!

Marty’s photo of the day #3676: This is a sweetheart underwing. Over the weekend, this moth was stuck in my garage before I convinced it to fly out the door. Then, last night, it showed up again. Sweetheart underwings are a type of sphinx moth, and, apparently, this particular species is rare in Montana. After […]

Marty and the monkey frog

Marty and the monkey frog

Marty’s photo of the day #3675: This is me with a monkey frog, in the Amazon Rainforest of Peru.

Great sticks!

Great sticks!

Marty’s photo of the day #3674: “Hey, Dad. I’m really diggin’ this backpacking thing. The sticks in this meadow are grrreat!”

The long and the short of it

The long and the short of it

Marty’s photos of the day #3673: On February 12, 2020, I got my hair cut in preparation for a college show in New Jersey. At the time, I had no idea how hard the COVID-19/Trump pandemic would hit, and that following that show, I would be switching to performing at colleges via Zoom. After that […]

River Art

River Art

Marty’s photo of the day #3672: During last weekend’s backpacking trip, I spent some time making photographs, looking straight down on a shallow, mountain stream. Even if I took the photos from the exact same position, each one looked different, because the water was never the same. It was river art! Here’s one of my […]

Mountain flowers

Mountain flowers

Marty’s photo of the day #3671: In the mountains, 1,600 feet can make a big difference. Deb’s and my house sits at 4,000 feet, and last weekend we drove 45 miles south of where we live and backpacked at 5,600 feet. While the flowers at home are mostly past their peak, the flowers where we […]

Butterflies, butterflies, butterflies

Butterflies, butterflies, butterflies

Marty’s photo of the day #3670: One of the surprises of last weekend’s backpacking trip was all the butterflies. Deb and I counted six distinct species. (Photographed in Montana)

So big I . . .

So big I . . .

Marty’s photo of the day #3669: This cricket (of some sort) crossed my path while backpacking last weekend, and I’m only mildly exaggerating when I say, “It was so big, I almost tripped over it.” I haven’t seen this species before, but it reminds me of some of the alien-looking insects I found in the […]

Kings of the Mountain

Kings of the Mountain

Marty’s photo of the day #3668: Deb, Nellie, and I saw quite a bit of wildlife on our western Montana backpacking trip, last weekend. The Forest Service cabin we rented was in a narrow valley, with mountains on each side. On our first morning, I walked out into a nearby meadow and soon spotted these […]

Falling from the bridge

Falling from the bridge

Marty’s photos of the day #3667: Here are three more photos from Nellie’s first backpacking trip (this past weekend). 1) Nellie always insisted on leading, as we hiked six-miles-to and six-miles-from the Twogood Cabin in western Montana. She did a great job of setting the pace. Except, of course, when the squirrels and chipmunks invited […]

Nellie’s first backpacking trip

Nellie’s first backpacking trip

Marty’s photo of the day #3666: I haven’t posted for several days, because Deb and I took Nellie on her first backpacking trip. We hiked six miles to the Twogood Forest Service Cabin in the mountains of western Montana. There we spent two nights and had a wonderful time. This was Deb’s and my second […]

Sea lions!

Sea lions!

Marty’s photo of the day #3665: Swimming with sea lions in the Sea of Cortez was so cool! They were such curious creatures.

Frog the frogmouth bird

Frog the frogmouth bird

Marty’s photo of the day #3664: This is Frog, a rescued frogmouth bird. Frog can no longer fly, but he makes up for his inability to fly with lots of personality. (Photographed in Australia)

And now to the opposite end of the Earth!

And now to the opposite end of the Earth!

Marty’s photo of the day #3663: Yesterday’s photo was of an iceberg I photographed off the coast of Antarctica. Today we go to the opposite end of the Earth for a photo I took while canoeing in the Arctic Ocean.

Looking through an iceberg

Looking through an iceberg

Marty’s photo of the day #3662: This photo is for anyone who has ever dreamed of looking through an iceberg to see the coast of Antarctica on the other side.

Peel River Ferry

Peel River Ferry

Marty’s photo of the day #3661: This is the Peel River ferry crossing, one hundred miles before reaching the village of Inuvik at the top of Canada. When Deb and I were here as part of my first book, “Cool Creatures, Hot Planet: Exploring the Seven Continents,” our dogs Kate and Annie joined us. It […]

Mountain wildflowers

Mountain wildflowers

Marty’s photo of the day #3660: This photo of mountain wildflowers in Montana dates back to 2002. I shot it with my first digital camera: a Sony Mavica CD400 that recorded onto a CD. Though it was heavy and slow, that camera had a high-quality lens and did an amazing job on still subjects. Also, […]

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