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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.

Nellie from Down Under

Nellie from Down Under

Marty’s photo of the day #3862: After Deb and I adopted Nellie from an animal shelter, we had her DNA tested. She is one-half golden retriever and one-half Australian cattle dog (which also makes her one-quarter dingo). Those bloodlines have given her the most unique personality of any dog we’ve ever owned. Being that half […]

Sunset on the prairie

Sunset on the prairie

Marty’s photo of the day #3861: Sunset in the Prairie Reserve (Montana), photographed this past September. Deb and I are looking forward to returning the Prairie Reserve again this year.

Mallard in Italy

Mallard in Italy

Marty’s photo of the day #3860: Mallard duck, photographed in Italy.

Walking stick

Walking stick

Marty’s photo of the day #3859: Walking stick, photographed in Costa Rica.

The snake bat-catcher

The snake bat-catcher

Marty’s photo of the day #3858: I took this photo on a dark, rainy night in Puerto Rico (that’s why there are a few water spots on the lens). I am standing at the entrance to a large cave that angles sharply down into the slippery rocks, trying not to fall in. What you are […]

Night Heron

Night Heron

Marty’s photo of the day #3857: Night heron, photographed in Mexico.

Snow geese

Snow geese

Marty’s photo of the day #3856: Here’s a photo from a few years ago. Snow geese, migrating near Freezeout Lake (Montana).

Swallowtail Butterfly

Swallowtail Butterfly

Marty’s photo of the day #3855: For all those already dreaming of summer, here’s a swallowtail butterfly, photographed this past summer in Montana.

Wet photography

Wet photography

Marty’s photo of the day #3854: Visiting Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe is a wet experience, especially when the water is high. I had to wipe off my camera lens before each shot. This particular photo has been sitting in a file on my computer for years, because I didn’t consider it one of my better […]

Natural Ice Sculpture

Natural Ice Sculpture

Marty’s photo of the day #3853: This is the creek below Deb’s and my house. If you saw yesterday’s photo of the day, you may think I have posted the same photo twice. I haven’t. I shot today’s photo this morning from the same spot as yesterday’s photo. The difference is that we’ve had a […]

The day appeared to be in black and white

The day appeared to be in black and white

Marty’s photo of the day #3852: A week or so ago I posted a photo of the creek below Deb’s and my house. That photo looked downstream. Today’s photo looks upstream on the same day from the same location. On that day, the world appeared to be in black and white.

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