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This year’s prairie dog

This year’s prairie dog

Marty’s photo of the day #4085: During last year’s vacation at the American Prairie Reserve (in central Montana), I was able to capture some outstanding prairie dog images. Midway through this year’s five-day-stay, I was getting discouraged. The prairie dogs seemed more skittish than the previous year—although having Nellie, a very active actual dog with […]

Antelope Island sunset

Antelope Island sunset

Marty’s photo of the day #4084: I shot this sunset photo last Saturday, while standing on Antelope Island, overlooking the Great Salt Lake. If you look closely, you will see what appears to be a jagged piece cut out of the bottom of the sun. That’s the top of a mountain, obscured by smoke from […]

Walking on water

Walking on water

Marty’s photo of the day #4083: Nellie thinks I can walk on water, and I think she can walk on water too. And when you both believe—anything can happen! My wife, Deb, shot this photo of Nellie and me a little over a week ago, at the American Prairie Reserve in central Montana. We were […]

Burrowing Owl

Burrowing Owl

Marty’s photo of the day #4082: Our vacation is over . . . sigh. First, Deb (wife), Nellie (dog), and I spent six days in the American Prairie Reserve of central Montana. There we stayed in a remote yurt, with no running water, no phone, no internet, and limited solar power. It was awesome! Then […]

The bluff on the prairie

The bluff on the prairie

Marty’s photo of the day #4081: Deb, Nellie, and I just spent six days in the American Prairie of central Montana. On Sunday, we enjoyed a spectacular high prairie hike that climbed to an outcrop, which overlooked an entire valley. Nellie raced to the edge of the bluff and started barking and growling at something […]

Adventures in the American Prairie Reserve

Adventures in the American Prairie Reserve

Marty’s photo of the day #4080: Deb, Nellie, and I have returned home from the first six days of our nine-day vacation. We spent the previous days at the American Prairie Reserve (now officially known as just American Prairie) in central Montana. This was our second consecutive year renting a yurt there. The yurt sits […]

Brown pelicans

Brown pelicans

Marty’s photo of the day #4079: Brown pelicans taking off along the coast of Costa Rica.

Another moose vistitor

Another moose vistitor

Marty’s photo of the day #4078: Here’s another moose visitor to the Essen Wildlife Refuge, 25 acres Deb and I protect around our house at the edge of the mountains in Montana.

Musk thistle

Musk thistle

Marty’s photo of the day #4077: Musk thistle, viewed from an angle that makes it look quite alien. (Photographed in Montana)

Along the Puerto Rico coast

Along the Puerto Rico coast

Marty’s photo of the day #4076: I photographed this tiny crab along the coast of Puerto Rico.

My forgotten first major adventure

My forgotten first major adventure

Marty’s photo of the day #4075: I write both fiction and nonfiction. If you’ve read any of my nonfiction books, you know I’ve experienced some great adventures, from searching for venomous snakes in the Amazon Rainforest to hiking on all seven continents to surviving a hippo attack with my wife, Deb, in Zimbabwe to overcoming […]

Dwarf caiman

Dwarf caiman

Marty’s photo of the day #4075: Baby dwarf caiman, photographed in the Amazon Rainforest of Peru.

Taking a moment to . . .

Taking a moment to . . .

Marty’s photo of the day #4074: Taking a moment to pet the octopus on my chest. (Photographed in the Sea of Cortez)

Waiting on a mate

Waiting on a mate

Marty’s photo of the day #4073: A gentoo penguin waits for its mate to return on a stormy Antarctica day.

Hiking with the herd

Hiking with the herd

Marty’s photo of the day #4072: I shot this photo many years ago, when Deb and I spent a day hiking with the Porcupine caribou migration in Canada’s Northwest Territories. Roughly 200,000 caribou take part in the 1,500 mile round trip between Canada and the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska. It is the longest […]

Icebergs ahead!

Icebergs ahead!

Marty’s photo of the day #4071: “Icebergs ahead!” Don’t you just love all the blue? Photographed along the coast of Antarctica.

Harlequin frog (likely)

Harlequin frog (likely)

Marty’s photo of the day #4070: I photographed this frog in the Amazon rainforest of Peru. Identifying this frog has been troublesome. I found a few matches on the internet, captioned as a “harlequin frog,” so that’s what I’m going to call it. If the ID is correct, this is a variety of poison dart […]

Bike ride sunrise

Bike ride sunrise

Marty’s photo of the day #4069: As part of my routine to tell aging to “fuck off,” I go on a bike ride each morning that takes me up and down a steep mountain dirt road. I even do it in the winter, with studded tires. I always carry my camera with me on those […]

Just how big is a hippo’s mouth?

Just how big is a hippo’s mouth?

Marty’s photo of the day #4068: Can an entire canoe fit sideways into a hippo’s mouth? I took this photo in Zimbabwe shortly after my wife, Deb, and I proved—yes, it most definitely can! For those who don’t already know the story, here’s an excerpt from my first book, Cool Creatures, Hot Planet: Exploring the […]

Green iguana

Green iguana

Marty’s photo of the day #4067: Green iguana, photographed along the Amazon River, in Peru.

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