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I totally planned this shot

I totally planned this shot

Marty’s photo of the day #3014: I totally planned this shot. (Sandhill crane and the red-winged blackbird, photographed in the Bitterroot Valley of Montana.)

For my wife

For my wife

Marty’s photo of the day #3013: I can’t believe it! Deb and I have been married 35 years as of today. This is one of my favorite photos of her, and here’s why: I could never be married to a woman who wasn’t intelligent, outspoken, brave, and adventurous. I wish you could have seen how […]

Praying Mantis

Praying Mantis

Marty’s photo of the day #3012: If I were an art student, I would call this “A Study In Green.” (Praying mantis, photographed in Zimbabwe.)

Athabasca River Elk

Athabasca River Elk

Marty’s photo of the day #3011: I’m so glad I no longer use film cameras! I used film cameras for about half of my travels for my first book, Cool Creatures, Hot Planet: Exploring the Seven Continents, before forever switching to digital. The bitch about film is that if something went wrong, I wouldn’t know […]

Alligator Reflections

Alligator Reflections

Marty’s photo of the day #3009: Today we go extreme artsy with “Alligator Reflections,” photographed in the Everglades.

A penguin parable

A penguin parable

Marty’s photo of the day #3007: To the average person this is just a group of penguins. So let me—an expert in penguin politics—interpret this photo for you, which I smuggled in from a Russian research facility on Antarctica: There are both Adélie and gentoo penguins in this image. For years the gentoos have had […]

Toucan

Toucan

Marty’s photo of the day #3006: Toucans are difficult to photograph in the rainforest. They’re skittish and there always seems to be a tree branch blocking the view. Here’s one I photographed while hiking in Costa Rica.

Humpback Whale

Humpback Whale

Marty’s photo of the day #3005: Humpback whale along the coast of Antarctica.

The Dog Warp

The Dog Warp

Marty’s photo of the day #3004: It’s just a jump to the left And then a step to the right With your hands on your hips You bring your knees in tight . . .

Arctic Lousewort

Arctic Lousewort

Marty’s photo of the day #3003: One arctic lousewort against the world.(Photographed in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge)

Inspiration for Trump?

Inspiration for Trump?

Marty’s photo of the day #3002: I photographed this in a small, rural Spanish city. It’s on the side of a Catholic church. I debated posting it, for fear that some Republican might share it over on Trump’s twitter feed, and he’d find it inspiring.

White ibis

White ibis

Marty’s photo of the day #3001: Here’s a white ibis. Photographed in the Everglades.

Pizza, beer, and mallards

Pizza, beer, and mallards

Marty’s photo of the day #3000: A few years ago Deb and I started a new tradition of grabbing some beers and picking up a pizza on the way to the Lee Metcalf National Wildlife Refuge. We stop along the dirt road at the edge of the big pond, set up lawn chairs, and have […]

Advice from Larry the Gator

Advice from Larry the Gator

Marty’s photo of the day #2999: A few years ago, I was hiking in the Everglades and came across this big guy, blocking my path. So I sat down, and the two of us had a wonderful conversation, solving all the world’s problems. It turns out that the gator’s name is Larry, and according to […]

Pelican take-ff

Pelican take-ff

Marty’s photo of the day #2998: Today we go artsy. This is an extreme close-up of a pelican taking off from a river.

Appreciating the Amazon Rainforest, Pt 7

Appreciating the Amazon Rainforest, Pt 7

Marty’s photo of the day #2997: The Amazon Rainforest is burning, and while the Amazon has experienced major fires before, there is no doubt greedy right-wing politicians and nearly 40 years of climate change denial are major contributors to the devastation. With that in mind, this week I’m featuring photos I’ve taken of animals in […]

Appreciating the Amazon Rainforest, Pt 6

Appreciating the Amazon Rainforest, Pt 6

Marty’s photo of the day #2996: The Amazon Rainforest is burning, and while the Amazon has experienced major fires before, there is no doubt greedy right-wing politicians and nearly 40 years of climate change denial are major contributors to the devastation. With that in mind, this week I’m featuring photos I’ve taken of animals in […]

Appreciating the Amazon Rainforest, Pt 5

Appreciating the Amazon Rainforest, Pt 5

Marty’s photo of the day #2995: The Amazon Rainforest is burning, and while the Amazon has experienced major fires before, there is no doubt greedy right-wing politicians and nearly 40 years of climate change denial are major contributors to the devastation. With that in mind, this week I’m featuring photos I’ve taken of animals in […]

Appreciating the Amazon Rainforest, Pt 4

Appreciating the Amazon Rainforest, Pt 4

Marty’s photo of the day #2994: The Amazon Rainforest is burning, and while the Amazon has experienced major fires before, I can’t help wondering how much greedy right-wing politicians and nearly 40 years of climate change denial have contributed to the devastation. With that in mind, this week I’m featuring photos I’ve taken of animals […]

Appreciating the Amazon Rainforest, Pt 3

Appreciating the Amazon Rainforest, Pt 3

Marty’s photo of the day #2993: The Amazon Rainforest is burning, and while the Amazon has experienced major fires before, I can’t help wondering how much greedy right-wing politicians and nearly 40 years of climate change denial have contributed to the devastation. With that in mind, this week I’m featuring photos I’ve taken of animals […]

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