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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.

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.

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