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Monthly archives for August, 2021

Villefranche de Conflent

Villefranche de Conflent

Marty’s photo of the day #3710: Let’s take a peek through the wall of an ancient walled city in France. The following excerpt from my first book, Cool Creatures, Hot Planet: Exploring the Seven Continents, further explains what you are seeing: We retrieved our car, drove back into France, and spent the rest of Sunday […]

Many-banded daggerwing butterfly

Many-banded daggerwing butterfly

Marty’s photo of the day #3709: This is a many-banded daggerwing butterfly. Photographed in Costa Rica.

A good licking

A good licking

Marty’s photo of the day #3708: Annie, a black flying fox, gives my sunglasses a good licking. (Photographed in Australia)

The return of the saw-whet owl

The return of the saw-whet owl

Marty’s photo of the day #3707: Some of you may remember the story and photos of the juvenile saw-whet owl that stopped by my house earlier this month. I thought I was done posting photos of that little owl, until this shot on the stairs caught my eye this morning. Besides, I think she’s cute […]

Fun with macro photography

Fun with macro photography

Marty’s photo of the day #3706: Look closely. This isn’t some tall waterfall that you could swim under. It’s a tiny, four-inch-high waterfall on a beach in Puerto Rico. Fun with macro photography!

Look closely!

Look closely!

Marty’s photo of the day #3705: Look closely. It’s a walking stick. (Photographed in the Amazon Rainforest of Peru)

Concert in a furnace

Concert in a furnace

Marty’s photo of the day #3704: In my photos directory, I have a four-year-old file titled “Garbage.” On someone else’s computer that might mean flawed photos to be deleted. On mine, it’s the band Garbage. This is Shirley Manson of the band, and when Deb and I saw them outdoors in Idaho, the temperature was […]

The safer of the two

The safer of the two

Marty’s photo of the day #3703: I love alligators and hope to return to the Everglades in the future to spend more time with them. Hey, at this moment spending time with a Florida alligator is a hell of a lot safer than spending time with a Florida anti-vaxxer.

Ravens

Ravens

Marty’s photo of the day #3702: Ravens atop cardon cactus, at sunrise, near the Sea of Cortez in Mexico.

Crazy-ass Montana

Crazy-ass Montana

Montana is a great place to live if you enjoy wilderness and wildlife, but it’s a scary place to live if you enjoy science and human rights. This is especially the case now that Republicans dominate the legislature and state-wide offices. Not to be outdone by Florida or Texas for crazy-ass shit, Montana is now […]

Wild turkey chicks

Wild turkey chicks

Marty’s photo of the day #3701: Mamma wild turkey cut across in front of our house last night. It was almost dark, plus it was raining, so I really had to push my camera. This was the only shot that turned out okay. I think there were about eight chicks in all.

Real Time with Bill Maher has become unwatchable

Real Time with Bill Maher has become unwatchable

Years ago, my wife, Deb, and I used to arrange our Friday nights around watching “Real Time with Bill Maher,” but when the COVID-19 pandemic hit, and he performed his show from home, he became (to use his term) “a whiny little bitch.” He was so unwatchable that we made other plans for our Friday […]

It’s not in the book!

It’s not in the book!

Marty’s photo of the day #3700: I shot this humpback whale photo along the coast of Antarctica. I was going to write that this photo also appears in my first book, Cool Creatures, Hot Planet: Exploring the Seven Continents, but when I double-checked, it wasn’t there! Yeah, I had selected a different humpback whale photo […]

A butterfly in hand . . .

A butterfly in hand . . .

Marty’s photo of the day #3699: A butterfly lands on Deb’s hand in Costa Rica.

Train to the outback

Train to the outback

Marty’s photo of the day #3698: I took this photo while standing next to the engineer. We were heading into Australia’s outback on a narrow-gauge train called the Savannahlander. In the United States, train tracks are 4 feet, 8.5 inches wide, but this train traveled on tracks that were just 3 feet, 6 inches wide.

Photo surprise

Photo surprise

Marty’s photo of the day #3697: I always enjoy when I go through my photos and find one that I don’t remember taking. This is one of those photos: my wife, Deb, on our hike through La Garganta Divina in northern Spain.

White peacock butterfly

White peacock butterfly

Marty’s photo of the day #3696: Here’s a white peacock butterfly that I photographed in the Everglades. This photo also appears in my second book, Endangered Edens: Exploring the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Costa Rica, the Everglades, and Puerto Rico.

Sunset on the Sea of Cortez

Sunset on the Sea of Cortez

Marty’s photo of the day #3695: Sunset on the Sea of Cortez (Mexico).

Elephant charge!

Elephant charge!

Marty’s photo of the day #3694: Yesterday I posted a different elephant photo and someone (a bit tongue-in-cheek) wondered if the elephant was charging me. That elephant wasn’t charging, but this one is very much doing so. I was photographing this elephant while standing on the bank of a deep, dry riverbed. I wasn’t using […]

Elephant up-close

Elephant up-close

Marty’s photo of the day #3693: Here’s an elephant that I photographed while hiking in Zimbabwe.

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