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Monthly archives for October, 2021

Happy Birthday Nellie!

Happy Birthday Nellie!

Marty’s photo of the day #3796: Happy Birthday to Nellie! She is two-years-old today. Well, since she was a stray, adopted from an animal shelter, I’m not sure of the exact date. But based on the age estimate from the animal shelter and the fifteen months she’s lived with us, I am likely within a […]

Amazon Tree Boa

Amazon Tree Boa

Marty’s photo of the day #3795: Amazon tree boa, photographed in the Amazon Rainforest of Peru.

The last campsite

The last campsite

Marty’s photo of the day #3794: This is Deb’s and my last campsite in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge before canoeing out to Barter Island. Our tent is the blue one, and off in the distance, you can see the Arctic Ocean.

Iquitos

Iquitos

Marty’s photo of the day #3793: Iquitos, Peru at night.

Great gray owl

Great gray owl

Marty’s photo of the day #3792: A great gray owl, perching on our garage roof, earlier this year.

Fall in Montana

Fall in Montana

Marty’s photo of the day #3791: Fall in Montana.

Barter Island Shipwreck

Barter Island Shipwreck

Marty’s photo of the day #3790: The final resting spot of the S. S. Minnow. (Photographed on Barter Island, Arctic Ocean)

Nellie at Sunset #2

Nellie at Sunset #2

Marty’s photo of the day #3789: A little over a week ago, I posted a photo of Nellie playing in the water at sunset. At the time, I had two photos to choose from. Today, I am posting the photo I hadn’t selected for the original post. I’m also reposting the story below: We adopted […]

Amazing Acrobat Coyotes

Amazing Acrobat Coyotes

Marty’s photo of the day #3788: This is one of the Amazing Acrobat Coyotes of Antelope Island, performing the difficult but crowd-pleasing “one paw stand with bison hide blindfold.” (Photographed on Antelope Island in Utah)

Bats!

Bats!

Marty’s photo of the day #3787: Bats (mostly Seba’s short-tailed bats), photographed in a tiny abandoned farmhouse, in the rainforest of Costa Rica.

Borneo elephants

Borneo elephants

Marty’s photo of the day #3786: Elephants in the rainforest of Borneo.

Is it any wonder why the pandemic continues?

Is it any wonder why the pandemic continues?

Greetings from Boonville, Missouri. Tonight I speak at Central Methodist University in Fayette. When I’m not speaking at colleges, I run my college speaking agency from my home office and write books. Consequently, there are many weeks where I don’t leave the hill my wife and I live on. Therefore whenever I head out, I’m […]

Orangutans

Orangutans

Marty’s photo of the day #3785: A gathering of seemingly happy orangutans on the island of Borneo.

Italian swan

Italian swan

Marty’s photo of the day #3784: I photographed this swan on Lake Garda in northern Italy. “Lago di Garda” is often is often associated with the arts, as it has a history of attracting artists, poets, and directors.

Dolphin

Dolphin

Marty’s photo of the day #3783: Dolphin, photographed in Costa Rica.

Rainy season kayaking

Rainy season kayaking

Marty’s photo of the day #3782: Visiting the Amazon Rainforest during the rainy season is quite different from visiting during the dry season. I took this photo while kayaking through the rainforest in the rainy season. The water beneath me was at least six feet deep. Had I been in the same spot in the […]

Florence, Italy at night

Florence, Italy at night

Marty’s photo of the day #3781: Florence, Italy at night (December 2018), all decked out for Christmas.

Splashing in the sunset

Splashing in the sunset

Marty’s photo of the day #3780: We adopted Nellie from an animal shelter a little over a year ago. At the time she was about nine months old. Since Deb and I live in the mountains of the Bitterroot Valley, there aren’t any lakes nearby. So last month when Nellie joined us on the trip […]

Where’s the water?

Where’s the water?

Marty’s photo of the day #3779: This is Lake Bowdoin in northeastern Montana, near the town of Malta. When Deb and I traveled to the American Prairie Reserve, we took the long way and drove north out of the Bitterroot Valley, stopped in Kalispell, where I performed a show at Flathead Valley Community College, and […]

The Brandt’s Cormorant Trio

The Brandt’s Cormorant Trio

Marty’s photo of the day #3778: Here is a trio of Brandt’s cormorants that I photographed on a rocky island in the Sea of Cortez (Mexico).

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