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The bird formerly known as . . .

The bird formerly known as . . .

Marty’s photo of the day #2427: This is the bird formerly known as “The Blue Bird of Happiness.” Currently he is known as “The Blue Bird of Grumpiness.” He will return to his original name on the day “The Orange Shithole of Divisiveness” leaves office.

Brown Pelican

Brown Pelican

Trump-based vs. Reality-based

Trump-based vs. Reality-based

Marty’s photo of the day #2425: Today I offer two descriptions of this photo. One for reality-based humans, and one for Donald Trump and his supporters:   Reality: I took this photo in Zimbabwe.   Trump: I took this photo in a shithole country.   Reality: After a friendly woman braided Deb’s hair for a […]

Donald Trump will never see something like this

Donald Trump will never see something like this

Marty’s photo of the day #2424: Remember when kids didn’t need violent video games, 4-wheelers, the latest electronic gadget, helicopter parents, or the constant drone of a television to keep them entertained? Remember when a water puddle and a ball were all that were necessary to put wide smiles on children’s faces? Donald Trump certainly […]

And in this corner . . .

And in this corner . . .

Marty’s photo of the day #2423: Fur seals sparring on Aitcho Island, near Antarctica.

Summer for your winter

Summer for your winter

Marty’s photo of the day #2422: Here’s a little summer for your winter.

Toucan quick post

Toucan quick post

Marty’s photo of the day #2421: Just quick posts this week, because I’m working day and night to recheck (for the 200th time) the manuscript for Time Is Irreverent. The novel goes to the book designer on Monday, and will be on sale worldwide on March 1st. I took today’s toucan photo in Costa Rica.

Anchor chain

Anchor chain

Marty’s photo of the day #2420: We’re getting artsy again today. This is the anchor chain for the Professor Multanovskiy. The ship we took to Antarctica.

Elk stand-up comedian

Elk stand-up comedian

Marty’s photo of the day #2419: “So the guy says to me, ‘I’m a stable genius,’ but when I look him up in the Field Guide to Humans, it lists his species as ‘Trumpus insanous.’ Hell, he’s not even a stable genus!” —Elk stand-up comedian

Got any nuts?

Got any nuts?

Marty’s photo of the day #2418: “Got any nuts?”

Baby bison

Baby bison

Marty’s photo of the day #2417: Ahhhhh! Baby bison.

Pyrenees waterfall

Pyrenees waterfall

Marty’s photo of the day #2416: Here’s a little scenery for a Friday: a waterfall in the Pyrenees Mountains of France.

Give coyotes some love

Give coyotes some love

Marty’s photo of the day #2415: I’ve never understood why so many people hate coyotes. They’re beautiful, valuable animals. It’s the people who poison and trap these creatures that do the real damage.

Black bear

Black bear

Marty’s photo of the day #2414: I completely forgot about this picture. This is a black bear, photographed several years ago in my backyard, with my motion-sensing camera.

Curious sea lions

Curious sea lions

Marty’s photo of the day #2413: Swimming with curious sea lions in the Sea of Cortez.

Deer photo bomb

Deer photo bomb

Marty’s photo of the day #2412: There are actually two deer in this photo, but the photo-bomber in the rear makes the subject appear to have two tails.

Goldfrapp, Melissa Etheridge, Garbage concert happiness

Goldfrapp, Melissa Etheridge, Garbage concert happiness

Marty’s photos of the day #2409-2011: This past year was the year to check-off the last three acts on my bucket list that I absolutely had to see live: Goldfrapp, Melissa Etheridge, and Garbage. All three concerts were outstanding. If I had to pick a favorite, it would be Goldfrapp, because their Seattle concert was […]

Honoring endangered species, part 7

Honoring endangered species, part 7

Marty’s photo of the day #2408: This week marks the 44th Anniversary of the signing of the Endangered Species Act. Since today’s Republicans would rather worship money than do something for the greater good, it’s possible that this might be the last anniversary of the ESA. With that in mind, this week I’m featuring photos […]

Honoring endangered species, part 6

Honoring endangered species, part 6

Marty’s photo of the day #2407: This week marks the 44th Anniversary of the signing of the Endangered Species Act. Since today’s Republicans would rather worship money than do something for the greater good, it’s possible that this might be the last anniversary of the ESA. With that in mind, this week I’m featuring photos […]

Honoring endangered species, part 5

Honoring endangered species, part 5

Marty’s photo of the day #2406. This week marks the 44th Anniversary of the signing of the Endangered Species Act. Since today’s Republicans would rather worship money than do something for the greater good, it’s possible that this might be the last anniversary of the ESA. With that in mind, this week I’m featuring photos […]

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