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Monthly archives for February, 2022

Dedicated to Ukraine

Dedicated to Ukraine

Marty’s photo of the day #3908: Today’s photo is dedicated to Volodymyr Zelenskyy and the brave people of Ukraine. The un-photographed rabbit turd at the base of this flower is dedicated to Vladimir Putin and the co-chairs of Vlad’s Golden Shower Fan Club: Donald Trump and Tucker Carlson. (Photographed on Antelope Island)

Wallaroo cuteness

Wallaroo cuteness

Marty’s photo of the day #3907: Here’s a little cuteness for your Sunday: Bonnie, a rescued baby silver wallaroo. Her mother was hit by a car, but Bonnie survived in her mother’s pouch. Many months later Bonnie was released back into the wild. (Photographed in Australia)

Mr. Trump Head get a drink

Mr. Trump Head get a drink

Marty’s photo of the day #3906: Every morning when I walk down the steps and turn on the kitchen light, this is the first thing I see on the windowsill over the sink: The Republican Jesus hoarding his guns and Traitor Trump Head getting his breakfast drink from a little black dog. If you find […]

A frog with character

A frog with character

Marty’s photo of the day #3906: This Amazon Rainforest frog has so much character. At one time I had the species identified, but I can’t seem to find it this morning. We’ll just call him Fred. (Photographed in Peru)

Elephant kindness

Elephant kindness

Marty’s photo of the day #3905: A little elephant kindness at the waterhole. Republicans could learn so much if they actually paid attention to their own mascot. Photographed in Zimbabwe.

World’s largest flume ride

World’s largest flume ride

Marty’s photo of the day #3904: I shot this photo while crossing the Drake Passage, between Antarctica and South America. The Drake Passage is known for having the roughest seas in the world. During this storm, thirty foot waves were crashing the bow of our little ship and splashing the window up on the bridge. […]

Real life in fiction

Real life in fiction

Marty’s photo of the day #3903: To-date, I have written three nonfiction books and three science-fiction books. Additionally, I am almost finished with my seventh book. This one will be another science-fiction political-comedy. Even when I write fiction, I draw on personal experiences and factual events. In one of the adventures in my new book, […]

Double ANWR rainbow

Double ANWR rainbow

Marty’s photo of the day #3902: A double rainbow in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. I shot this photo sometime in the middle of the night. This is as dark as it gets up there in late June.

Zebras

Zebras

Marty’s photo of the day #3901: Seeing zebras while hiking in Zimbabwe was so different from seeing them in a zoo. They were just so bright and beautiful.

Within Temptation and touring attempts during the COVID era

Within Temptation and touring attempts during the COVID era

Marty’s photo of the day #3900: The gravel road that climbs to Deb’s and my house was too icy this morning for my usual bike ride, so I worked out indoors on my elliptical machine. Within Temptation provided my workout music this morning, and it gave me a warm, fuzzy feeling as I reminisced about […]

Polar bear track

Polar bear track

Marty’s photo of the day #3899: Polar bear track vs. a woman’s hand. Photographed on Barter Island, in the Arctic Ocean.

For those who refuse to grow up . . .

For those who refuse to grow up . . .

Marty’s photo of the day #3898: For those who refuse to grow up: ‘Oh, look! The cactus has pubic hair!” (Photographed in Mexico

Black tarantula

Black tarantula

Marty’s photo of the day #3897: I think the number one mistake amateur wildlife photographers make isn’t improper camera settings, it’s shooting from too high of an angle. If you want to take effective wildlife photos, you must be willing to get down and dirty at the level of your subject. Also, ditch the smartphone […]

Great curassow

Great curassow

Marty’s photo of the day #3896: Great curassow (male), photographed in Costa Rica.

Monday morning cuteness

Monday morning cuteness

Marty’s photo of the day #3895: Here’s some cuteness for your Monday morning. I photographed this red panda while on a speaking tour that took me to the Oglebay Good Zoo in West Virginia. After my show, I was allowed inside the cages to feed a variety of animals, including this way too cute red […]

Iceberg ahead!

Iceberg ahead!

Marty’s photo of the day #3894: I have a ton of iceberg photos on my hard drive from Deb’s and my Antarctica expedition. Here’s one I haven’t posted before.

Iguana

Iguana

Marty’s photo of the day #3893: Iguana, photographed in Puerto Rico.

The first Antarctica sighting

The first Antarctica sighting

Marty’s photo of the day #3892: Very few photos give me the feeling this one does. It was three in the morning, and everyone was asleep on our ship, including the captain (the ship was running on autopilot). I knew we were approaching Antarctica, so I slipped out of bed and walked out onto the […]

Red-winged blackbird

Red-winged blackbird

Marty’s photo of the day #3891: Red-winged blackbird, photographed in the Bitterroot Valley of Montana.

Sea lions personalities

Sea lions personalities

Marty’s photo of the day #3890: Sure, it’s anthropomorphizing, but every sea lion in this photo seems to be projecting a different personality. I especially love the baby and what appears to be her concerned mother, leaning forward. (Photographed on a tiny island in the Sea of Cortez, Mexico)

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