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Calliope hummingbird

Calliope hummingbird

Marty’s photo of the day #2950: In the summer, I move my office out to the front porch. That means that while I work a wide variety of animals pass in front of me. On some days it could be a moose, a bear, a herd of elk, wild turkeys, or a peacock. But every […]

Post hippo-attack

Post hippo-attack

Marty’s photo of the day #2949: When Deb and I were canoeing down the Zambezi River in Zimbabwe, a hippo bit through our canoe, lifted us high into the air and threw us onto a muddy riverbank. Not many people survive a hippo attack, but we did—and it was a hell of a ride. You […]

The skink with the blue tail

The skink with the blue tail

Marty’s photo of the day #2948: I’ve always called these “blue-tailed skinks,” but the correct name is “western skink.” They live around my house, but they’re difficult to photograph because they move so fast. This little guy hung around on the back of the garage just long enough for me to run into the house, […]

Weddell Seal

Weddell Seal

Marty’s photo of the day #2947: This is a Weddell seal, enjoying a sunny day along the coast of Antarctica.

Little Blue Heron

Little Blue Heron

Marty’s photo of the day #2946: From one of those days when the light was just perfect. Today we go artsy with a reflective little blue heron shot I took while exploring the Everglades.

Think pleasant thoughts

Think pleasant thoughts

Marty’s photo of the day #2946: When you think of the Arctic, the first thing that pops into your mind is most likely “cold.” Well, that was until Republicans started their 40 years-and-counting War On The Environment. Now you might think of human-induced melting polar ice, oil spills, and starving polar bears (thanks Ronald Reagan!). […]

African grey hornbill

African grey hornbill

Marty’s photo of the day #2945: This is an African grey hornbill, photographed while backpacking across Mana Pools National Park in Zimbabwe.

Large-flower triteleia.

Large-flower triteleia.

Marty’s photo of the day #2944: Last week, while hiking at our secret spot, I found this growing out of a thin layer of soil atop a large rock. Deb thinks it might be some sort of wild onion, and I was unsuccessful finding it in our flower book. So anyway, it’s a pretty wildflower […]

Peacock blues

Peacock blues

Marty’s photo of the day #2943: Each summer I move my office onto the front porch. Yesterday, I was busy there working on a project, when the caw of our resident peacock pierced the music I had playing. I looked up, and the peacock was 100 feet away, directly in front of the house. The […]

Yellow Goatsbeard

Yellow Goatsbeard

Marty’s photo of the day #2942: Yesterday I wrote about Deb’s and my secret spot—a special place in the mountains near our house, where we can hike and never see another human. When we hiked there on the 4th of July (completely devoid of thoughts of President KKKlueless and his speech, honoring the brave Air […]

Our Secret Spot

Our Secret Spot

Marty’s photo of the day #2941: Deb and I moved to Montana in 1996, partly because we enjoyed being able to hike almost anywhere and not see a single person. That’s changed over the years—especially in the summer—and now it’s difficult to find a trailhead parking lot without numerous cars. Fortunately, many years ago Deb […]

The extreme book cover photo shoot

The extreme book cover photo shoot

Marty’s photo of the day #2940: This was the photo I used for the cover of the First Edition of Cool Creatures, Hot Planet: Exploring the Seven Continents. My wife, Deb, shot roughly 300 photos of me in the Amazon Rainforest, in hopes of getting something workable. Doing a photo shoot in the rainforest was […]

Sandhill crane

Sandhill crane

Marty’s photo of the day #2939: I’ve been to Yellowstone National Park multiple times. I photographed this sandhill crane during my first visit.

Orangutan basics

Orangutan basics

Marty’s photo of the day #2938: I photographed this Orangutan on the island of Borneo. Here are a few orangutan facts from my first book, Cool Creatures, Hot Planet: Exploring the Seven Continents: Orangutans are the world’s largest tree-dwelling animals. In the Malay language, orangutan means “man of the forest.” Considering they share 96.4 percent […]

The Aussie Fangs-O-Death

The Aussie Fangs-O-Death

Marty’s photo of the day #2937: Marty: “Look. It’s an Aussie fangs-o-death!” Deb: “Wow! She’s almost as big as my hand.” Marty: “Great idea! Put your hand behind her for size-comparison.” Deb: “Like this?” Marty: “No. Closer.” Deb: “Like this?” Marty: “Still not close enough.” Deb: (takes a deep breath) “How’s this?” Marty: (smirks) “Just […]

Rainy season kayaking

Rainy season kayaking

Marty’s photo of the day #2936: During the rainy season in the Amazon Rainforest, the waters rise practically beyond belief. In this photo, my wife, Deb, and friend Laurel are in a spot that would be solid ground in the dry season. And in many such places, we couldn’t touch bottom with our kayak paddles. […]

Yellow-billed stork

Yellow-billed stork

Marty’s photo of the day #2935: Here’s a yellow-billed stork that I photographed while backpacking across Mana Pools National Park in Zimbabwe.

Swimming with piranhas and electric eels

Swimming with piranhas and electric eels

Marty’s photo of the day #2934: The first time you do it, your heart beats a little faster, but this is Deb and me swimming with piranhas and electric eels in a south bank tributary of the Amazon River. While we were in the water, fishermen from the Yagua tribe were busy catching piranhas a […]

Flying snakes!

Flying snakes!

Marty’s photo of the day #2933: Is this a flying snake? While I was on the island of Borneo, I saw a flying squirrel, a flying frog, a flying lemur, and a gliding lizard. Flying snakes (technically they glide) exist on Borneo, but there are so many animals there that have yet to be properly […]

Apparently, it’s edible

Apparently, it’s edible

Marty’s photo of the day #2932: Yes, I know what you thought the instant you saw this. But it’s called “eyeball fungi.” I photographed it while backpacking with the Iban tribe on the island of Borneo. The Iban I was with at the time said that the fungi was edible, and I could try it […]

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