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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).

Antarctica beauty

Antarctica beauty

Marty’s photo of the day #3777: Here’s another beautiful iceberg that I photographed along the coast of Antarctica.

Vulture

Vulture

Marty’s photo of the day #3776: I photographed this vulture on an early morning, near the Sea of Cortez, in Mexico.

A natural diorama

A natural diorama

Marty’s photo of the day #3775: Low tide along the Oregon coast, creating a stunning, natural diorama.

Dall sheep

Dall sheep

Marty’s photo of the day #3774: This is a Dall sheep, sometimes called a thin-horn sheep. I photographed this beautiful animal in the Northwest Territories of Canada, eh?

Seed-pod canoe

Seed-pod canoe

Marty’s photo of the day #3773: I found this seed pod, creating its own miniature canoe, while exploring the Amazon Rainforest of Peru.

I’m not going to let small-minded people dictate what I writ

I’m not going to let small-minded people dictate what I writ

I published Cool Creatures, Hot Planet: Exploring the Seven Continents in 2007, Endangered Edens: Exploring the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Costa Rica, the Everglades, and Puerto Rico in 2016, Time Is Irreverent in 2018, Time Is Irreverent 2: Jesus Christ, Not Again! in 2019, Time Is Irreverent 3: Gone for 16 Seconds in 2020, and […]

Sea lion

Sea lion

Marty’s photo of the day #3772: A sea lion on a tiny island in the Sea of Cortez.

Calm Antarctica

Calm Antarctica

Marty’s photo of the day #3771: The winds die down, bringing a calm evening to the coast of Antarctica.

Prairie dogs on the APR

Prairie dogs on the APR

Marty’s photo of the day #3770: I had to approach slowly, on hands and knees, to make this prairie dog photo. (Photographed in the American Prairie Reserve, Montana)

Monday morning saw-whet owl

Monday morning saw-whet owl

Marty’s photo of the day #3769: To start your Monday off with a bit of cuteness, here’s another photo of the juvenile saw-whet owl that paid me a visit earlier this year. (Photographed in the Bitterroot Valley of Montana)

Dogs make the trip!

Dogs make the trip!

Marty’s photo of the day #3768: When Deb and I traveled the world for my first book, Cool Creatures, Hot Planet: Exploring the Seven Continents, I loved all of our adventures. Even so, our least exotic trip, to the top of Canada, always gives me the warmest feelings when I think back about it. That’s […]

Plant life on the American Prairie Reserve

Plant life on the American Prairie Reserve

Marty’s photo of the day #3765-3767: Plant life close-ups on the American Prairie Reserve (Montana). The most nerve-racking aspect of visiting the American Prairie Reserve was all the prickly pear cactus. When hiking, Deb and I had to be careful that our dog, Nellie, didn’t step on any of it. Months before our trip, we […]

Conflicted genetics

Conflicted genetics

Marty’s photo of the day #3764: When Deb and I adopted Nellie from the animal shelter, a little over a year ago, we assumed she was a black Lab mix. A DNA test showed otherwise. She’s actually one-half golden retriever and one-half Australian cattle dog. We don’t dispute the DNA test, as we can see […]

Montana’s railroad car bridges

Montana’s railroad car bridges

Marty’s photo of the day #3763: In Montana, when people need a bridge, they often go to the railroad yard and buy a used flatbed car. In fact, on the dirt road leading to Deb’s and my house, we cross both a river and a stream on bridges made with railroad cars. When we first […]

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