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Cold weather frog

Cold weather frog

Marty’s photo of the day #3972: I photographed this frog two years ago in western Montana. I consulted multiple frog identification sources and never came up with a perfect match. That said, I’m going to go with “northern leopard frog” and assume the slight differences are due to the cold weather and how early in […]

Sea of Cortez sunset

Sea of Cortez sunset

Marty’s photo of the day #3971: Sunset at a cove, along the Sea of Cortez in Mexico.

Snow falling on penguins

Snow falling on penguins

Marty’s photo of the day #3970: This photo is from one of the most magical moments of Deb’s and my seven continents of adventures. We had climbed a glacier along the coast of Antarctica, and as we were looking down on the penguins, huge snowflakes began falling.

Leaf-mimic butterfly

Leaf-mimic butterfly

Marty’s photo of the day #3969: Leaf-mimic butterfly, photographed in Australia.

Mystery alligator

Mystery alligator

Marty’s photo of the day #3968: I really enjoy photographing alligators, because they always provide me with shots that express emotion. This one expresses mystery. (Photographed in the Everglades)

Sea lion greeting party

Sea lion greeting party

Marty’s photo of the day #3967: A sea lion greeting party. (Photographed in the Sea of Cortez, Mexico)

Petting an octopus

Petting an octopus

Marty’s photo of the day #3966: Spending a little quality time, petting an octopus in the Sea of Cortez.

Final show of the school year tomorrow

Final show of the school year tomorrow

Marty’s photo of the day #3964: After getting home yesterday from 10 days on the road and then performing a Zoom show for Palm Beach State College in Florida, today I repack my suitcase with clean clothes and a fresh supply of books for my final in-person presentation for this school year of “Around the […]

An old great horned owl

An old great horned owl

Marty’s photo of the day #3963: I am back home in Montana, ready to go “on-stage” for a Zoom show at Palm Beach State College in Belle Glade, Florida. After that, I get one day to catch up on office work at home before flying to Sioux Falls, South Dakota for a Friday night show […]

You’d almost have to be roadkill

You’d almost have to be roadkill

Marty’s photo of the day #3962: Hello one final time from Athens, West Virginia. In a few hours, I drive 180 miles south to the Charlotte Douglas International Airport to begin my trip back home to Montana (arriving near midnight). Today’s photo is from my behind the scenes tour this past Saturday at the Tanglewood […]

Marty and the short-tailed opossum

Marty and the short-tailed opossum

Marty’s photo of the day #3961: Hello again from Athens, West Virginia. Tonight, at 7:00 p.m., I present “Around the World in 90 Minutes” at Concord University. Today’s photo is from my behind the scenes tour this past Saturday at the Tanglewood Nature Center in Elmira, New York. I am holding “Buffalo Bruuuce,” a short-tailed […]

Marty and the Red-tailed hawk

Marty and the Red-tailed hawk

Marty’s photo of the day #3960: Greetings from Athens, West Virginia. The most intense part of my April tour is over—flying from Montana to North Carolina, renting a car, and then driving 2,000 miles from gig to gig, as I performed “Around the World in 90 Minutes” at colleges and one nature center over six […]

My opening act

My opening act

Marty’s photo of the day #3959: This photo is from last night at Penn College of Technology. Before the lights are dimmed for me to go on stage, I have music that plays in a loop that fits the theme of my show. People often comment about how much they enjoy the music. This girl […]

Hooded merganser

Hooded merganser

Marty’s photo of the day #3958: Hooded merganser, Photographed in the Bitterroot Valley of Montana.

Badger side-eye

Badger side-eye

Marty’s photo of the day #3957: A little Tuesday morning badger side-eye for you. (Photographed in the Bitterroot Valley of Montana)

Waiting for mom

Waiting for mom

Marty’s photo of the day #3956: Elk calf, waiting for mom to return. (Photographed in Yellowstone National Park)

Poison dart frog and tadpoles

Poison dart frog and tadpoles

Marty’s photo of the day #3955: Poison dart frog, carrying tadpoles in the Amazon Rainforest of Peru.

Costa Rica Crab

Costa Rica Crab

Marty’s photo of the day #3954: Here’s a little crab for your Saturday morning. Photographed in Costa Rica.

Antartcic fur seal

Antartcic fur seal

Marty’s photo of the day #3953: Antarctic fur seal, photographed on a tiny island off the coast of Antarctica.

Macaws

Macaws

Marty’s photo of the day #3952: When I was in Costa Rica, I heard macaws every day. Unfortunately, they were always deep in the rainforest—out of sight. Then, finally, on my last day, two flew out into the open for me to photograph.

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