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A harbinger of death?

A harbinger of death?

Marty’s photo of the day #3692: This is been the summer of finding unusual owls and moths. So how about an owlet moth? Since my summer office is outside, I see wildlife every day. Consequently, after living in the same forest-surrounded Montana house for 25 years, when I see something for the first time I […]

ANWR caribou

ANWR caribou

Marty’s photo of the day #3691: Today we head far north for this photo of a large male caribou, in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge of Alaska.

Borneo assassin bug

Borneo assassin bug

Marty’s photo of the day #3690: I photographed this assassin bug in the rainforest of Borneo.

I can’t ignore Europe!

I can’t ignore Europe!

Marty’s photo of the day #3689: I rarely post traditional vacation-type photos, but I hadn’t posted anything from Europe recently, and I was feeling a bit guilty about leaving the continent out. So here’s Deb and me in front of the Palacio Real de Madrid (the Royal Palace) in Madrid, Spain.

Spider monkey

Spider monkey

Marty’s photo of the day #3688: This spider monkey photo appears in my second book, Endangered Edens: Exploring the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Costa Rica, the Everglades, and Puerto Rico.

Leaf-mimic mantis

Leaf-mimic mantis

Marty’s photo of the day #3687: Leaf-mimic mantis, photographed in the Amazon rainforest of Peru.

A storm is brewin’

A storm is brewin’

Marty’s photo of the day #3686: A storm is brewin’ along the coast of Antarctica!

Herbaceous begonias

Herbaceous begonias

Marty’s photo of the day #3685: For wildlife photography, my camera of choice is my Canon DSLR with a 300mm telephoto lens. But it’s not always convenient to carry around that somewhat heavy lens, so I always have a pocket-sized camera nearby too. A few months ago I bought a Panasonic DMC-ZS100, which is part […]

Amazon mushrooms

Amazon mushrooms

Marty’s photo of the day #3684: Mushrooms in the Amazon Rainforest of Peru.

Weber Music Hall

Weber Music Hall

Marty’s photo of the day #3683: You are looking at the Weber Music Hall, in the University of Minnesota Duluth. This excerpt from my latest book, Hits, Heathens, and Hippos: Stories from an Agent, Activist, and Adventurer, explains the shot: My two favorite performances—so far—have been homecoming shows. The closest college to me is the […]

In her natural habitat

In her natural habitat

Marty’s photo of the day #3682: Okay, here’s the fourth and final picture of the immature saw-whet owl that stopped by my house for a visit over the weekend. This time, we see the owl in her natural habitat, after she flew to a tree. She’s not much of a flyer at this stage in […]

The first saw-whet

The first saw-whet

Marty’s photo of the day #3681: This is the third picture I’m sharing of the immature saw-whet owl that stopped by for a visit over the weekend. In the actual sequence of shots, however, this was the first one I took. I wasn’t going to post this one, but my wife, Deb, walked around all […]

More of the world’s most adorable owl

More of the world’s most adorable owl

Marty’s photo of the day #3680: Well, of course, I can’t just post one photo of what could be the world’s most adorable owl! In this one, note how you can see the reflection of the trees in her eyes. For those who missed yesterday’s post, for photo #3679, here is a repeat of the […]

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