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Monthly archives for January, 2022

Foggy Lake Garda

Foggy Lake Garda

Marty’s photo of the day #3882: I rarely digitally manipulate my photos beyond simple cropping and brightness. This photo of a sailboat crossing a foggy Lake Garda in Italy called out to me this morning, asking for special treatment. I listened and messed around with some features I have never used before in my photo […]

Running on water

Running on water

Marty’s photo of the day #3881: I found this photo in a computer file labeled “2009 College Speaking Tour Photos,” which meant that I took it with a pocket camera, while on a college speaking tour. I can’t remember exactly where I took it, however. East Coast photos are on either side of the photo, […]

Antarctica photobomb

Antarctica photobomb

Marty’s photo of the day #3880: This photo cracks me up. I spent several minutes crawling through penguin guano to get in just the right position to photograph this gentoo penguin mother and chick. Then, just as I push the shutter button, a south polar skua photobombs! (Photographed on Antarctica)

Great Gray Owl

Great Gray Owl

Marty’s photo of the day #3879: This is a great gray owl that stopped by about a year ago to peer inside my writing room window.

A toad

A toad

Marty’s photo of the day #3878: I photographed this cute little toad in Montana a few summers ago.

Winter has no decency

Winter has no decency

Marty’s photo of the day #3877: I am a fan of winter, but only if winter has the decency to drop below freezing and stay there. This winter (in the Bitterroot Valley of Montana) is my least favorite winter in twenty-five years. We get snow—Yay, skiing!—and then it gets warm enough to start melting the […]

Borneo Mushrooms

Borneo Mushrooms

Marty’s photo of the day #3876: Mushrooms growing on a tree, deep in the rainforest of Borneo.

Brown pelican

Brown pelican

Marty’s photo of the day #3875: Brown pelican, photographed in Costa Rica.

From the island of Borneo

From the island of Borneo

Marty’s photo of the day #3874: I generally do not post photos of plants or animals that I haven’t identified. I am making the exception today. I photographed this alien-looking flower while backpacking with the Iban tribe on the island of Borneo. I am pretty sure, however, that if you touch the flower, it will […]

Velvet Swampsnake

Velvet Swampsnake

Marty’s photo of the day #3873: I am holding a velvet swampsnake with one hand and photographing it using the other. This was one of the mellowest snakes I met while in the Amazon Rainforest of Peru. Someone from the Yagua tribe brought the snake to our camp, and I traded a T-shirt for it. […]

Selfish anti-vaxxers

Selfish anti-vaxxers

Marty’s photo of the day #3872: I took this photo several years ago, while on a college speaking tour. It is one of my favorite New York City shots. I post this today because I am putting together a beautiful East Coast speaking tour for Earth Week that will take me to New York, Pennsylvania, […]

The All-Wolf Opera

The All-Wolf Opera

Marty’s photo of the day #3871: This is me performing Around the World in 90 Minutes at Santa Rosa Jr. College in California. Here I am talking about my adventure in the Yukon Territory, conducting the “All-Wolf Opera,” as wolves howl all around me. Thanks to photographer extraordinaire Kitti Homme for the picture.

The amazing barred owl

The amazing barred owl

Marty’s photo of the day #3870: This is me and an amazing barred owl I was privileged to be able to hold. I was on a college speaking tour in New York and filled in a weekend date with a show at the Tanglewood Nature Center in Elmira, NY. After the show, the director gave […]

No bigger than this!

No bigger than this!

Marty’s photo of the day #3869: This is me and an eleven-foot-long African rock python that I caught in Zimbabwe. She was pretty much the upper-limit size of snake I would dare catch. I released her a few minutes later—with the snake thinking, “Phew! That’s pretty much the upper-limit size human I would dare catch.”

Howler Monkey

Howler Monkey

Marty’s photo of the day #3868: Howler monkey, photographed in Costa Rica.

Alligator

Alligator

Marty’s photo of the day #3867: Alligator, photographed in the Everglades.

Amazon River

Amazon River

Marty’s photo of the day #3866: Low clouds over the Amazon River in Peru.

Missionary abuse

Missionary abuse

Marty’s photo of the day #3865: The novel I am working on is by far the funniest of the seven books I have written. Despite the humor, I also deal with serious subjects. In one of the adventures, my protagonists travel back in time to stop a Christian missionary, who is abusing native peoples. I […]

Go away anti-vaxxers!

Go away anti-vaxxers!

Marty’s photo of the day #3864: I am so fucking sick of moronic, selfish anti-vaxxers and anti-maskers that I could scream like an elephant seal! It’s time to require proof of current vaccinations for admittance into all stores, all public transportation, all schools, all sports venues, all concert venues, and anywhere else groups of people […]

Ground squirrels at play

Ground squirrels at play

Marty’s photo of the day #3863: Ground squirrels at play in the Bitterroot Valley of Montana.

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