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Happy Birthday, Deb Essen!

Happy Birthday, Deb Essen!

Marty’s photo of the day #2665: Today’s photo doubles as a Paul Bunyan-sized Happy Birthday to my wife, Deb Essen. When I took this photo of her, a while back, we were just having fun. In today’s light, it’s actually political. Melania Trump is infamous for appearing in photos that are incongruous for the occasion: […]

Happy Birthday Joan Jett

Happy Birthday Joan Jett

Marty’s photo of the day #2664: Happy 60th birthday to Joan Jett. I took this photo at an outdoor concert in Salt Lake City, when she was just a spring chicken of 58. My Kevin Bacon connection to Joan Jett: One of her biggest hits, “Crimson and Clover,” was originally a Tommy James and the […]

Wild Turkeys

Wild Turkeys

Marty’s photo of the day #2663: Yesterday I posted a photo of a herd of elk passing by my motion-sensing camera, and today I’m posting some wild turkeys. But what I really want to capture is our local peacock (who is very shy) and the momma bear and her cub. I know that the peacock […]

An elk-line

An elk-line

Marty’s photo of the day #2662: Yesterday, at 9:00 a.m., we had at least ten elk pass within two hundred feet of our house. That’s not unusual, but it’s always a surprise when it happens without humans or dogs knowing about it. This shot is the first in a sequence of five photos of elk, […]

A bird’s gotta eat

A bird’s gotta eat

Marty’s photo of the day #2661: I climbed up a rocky hill on an Antarctica island to take this photo. This is a south polar skua, looking down on a gentoo penguin colony. What the skua intends to do isn’t pleasant from a human or penguin point of view. But hey, a bird’s gotta eat.

The Three Amigos

The Three Amigos

Marty’s photo of the day #2660: The Three Amigos. (Royal terns, photographed along the Sea of Cortez, in Mexico)

Brown Pelicans

Brown Pelicans

Marty’s photo of the day #2659: Brown pelicans along he Sea of Cortez (Mexico).

Zigzagging around icebergs

Zigzagging around icebergs

Marty’s photo of the day #2658: Zigzagging around icebergs on a dreary Antarctica day.

Neptune’s revenge

Neptune’s revenge

Marty’s photo of the day #2657: I took this photo on Deception Island, which is near Antarctica. You are looking at the remains of the Hektor Whaling Station. This short excerpt from my first book, Cool Creatures, Hot Planet: Exploring the Seven Continents, provides more information: We went ashore instead at the more sheltered Whaler’s […]

Hooded merganser

Hooded merganser

Marty’s photo of the day #2656: Hooded merganser (female), photographed in the Bitterroot Valley of Montana.  

Chrysalis of gold

Chrysalis of gold

Marty’s photo of the day #2655: This chrysalis, seemingly made of gold, will become a clearwing butterfly. (Photographed in the Amazon Rainforest of Peru.)

A caiman in the grass

A caiman in the grass

Marty’s photo of the day #2654: A caiman in the grass.   (Spectacled caiman, photographed in the Amazon Rainforest of Peru.)

Chinstrap penguin

Chinstrap penguin

Marty’s photo of the day #2652: This is a chinstrap penguin, photographed off the coast of Antarctica.

I guess I’ve been a bit crabby

I guess I’ve been a bit crabby

Marty’s photo of the day #2651: I went through my photos this morning, unsure of what to post. When I came across this one, from the northern California coast, I decided it would be my Sunday post. Then, after I cropped the photo and saved it under the file name “crab,” I noticed that this […]

Out for a ride with Dad

Out for a ride with Dad

Marty’s photo of the day #2650: This cute little girl is out for a dugout ride with her father, through the flooded Amazon Rainforest in Peru.

Snake Art

Snake Art

Marty’s photo of the day #2649: Snake Art! When I got my first photo program, many years ago, I experimented with this photo I took of Eve, my rainbow boa. Changing the colors produced some stunning, though obviously unnatural, results.

Canoeing the Jago River

Canoeing the Jago River

Marty’s photo of the day #2648: This is the Jago River in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Deb and I canoed this river all the way across the refuge (some 35 miles) for my book, Endangered Edens: Exploring the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Costa Rica, the Everglades, and Puerto Rico. Here the river is wide, […]

Katydid

Katydid

Marty’s photo of the day #2647: This Katydid is one of the many unusual creatures featured in my second book, “Endangered Edens: Exploring the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Costa Rica, the Everglades, and Puerto Rico.” (Photographed in Costa Rica)

Bird’s Eye View

Bird’s Eye View

Marty’s photo of the day #2646: Bird’s eye view.

Barbecue grubs anyone?

Barbecue grubs anyone?

Marty’s photo of the day #2645: Shall we rustle up some grub for a barbecue? Literally? Enjoy your long weekend and remember: being open-minded to other cultures is a good thing. (Photographed in Iquitos, Peru)

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