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The longest migration on Earth

The longest migration on Earth

Marty’s photo of the day #2594: This is a tiny segment of the Porcupine caribou migration. These caribou migrate between Canada and the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska. Their 800 mile-long migration is the longest of any land animal on Earth. Now that the Republican cult and Rut Leader Trump have opened up the […]

Tiny tundra plants

Tiny tundra plants

Marty’s photo of the day #2587: This is an extreme close-up of tiny tundra plants in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (Alaska).

Caribou

Caribou

Marty’s photo of the day #2585: Caribou in the Marty’s photo of the day #2585: Caribou in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. .

Writers write what they know

Writers write what they know

Marty’s photo of the day #2576: One advantage I have over other science-fiction writers is that before switching to fiction, I wrote two nonfiction eco-travel books that took me to all seven continents and numerous islands. Even fiction writers write what they know. So in Time Is Irreverent, when Marty Mann and Nellie Dixon went […]

Permafrost

Permafrost

Marty’s photo of the day #2568: Since very few of you will ever canoe across the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, I thought you might like to see what permafrost looks like from the seat of an inflatable canoe. That’s what is buckling the tundra. Also, the water I’m paddling in comes directly off a glacier. […]

The money shot for my Republican friends

The money shot for my Republican friends

Marty’s photo of the day #2564: Yesterday, for my liberal friends, I posted a beautiful aerial shot I took of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Although almost all of my Republican friends have long since had enough of my snarky posts and moved on to safer territory, I still have a few Republican friends. Okay, […]

Who knows how long this will look so beautiful?

Who knows how long this will look so beautiful?

Marty’s photo of the day #2563: This aerial shot shows the Jago River and Bitty (the hill) in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Several days earlier, Deb and I had camped by the river, climbed to the top of Bitty, and canoed north, 35 miles, to the Arctic Ocean.   Since the creation of the […]

Long-billed hermit

Long-billed hermit

Marty’s photo of the day #2531: I photographed this long-billed hermit in Costa Rica. This photo also appears in my book, “Endangered Edens: Exploring the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Costa Rica, the Everglades, and Puerto Rico.”

Willow Ptarmigan

Willow Ptarmigan

Marty’s photo of the day #2531: I photographed this willow ptarmigan in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. You can also find a different version of this image in my book Endangered Edens.

A sad Earth Day

A sad Earth Day

Marty’s photo of the day #2521: I wish I could say “Happy Earth Day,” but this is one of the least happy Earth Days ever. I took this photo in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge—the most magical, untouched location in the United States. Pasted below is the Epilogue that I wrote for the Arctic chapter […]

If Trump, Pruitt, and Zinke were actual humans . . .

If Trump, Pruitt, and Zinke were actual humans . . .

Marty’s photo of the day #2510: I photographed this caribou in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. I feel sorry for people like Donald Trump, Scott Pruitt, and Ryan “I’m a Navy Seal” Zinke, who have no appreciation for nature. While an actual human being might look at this photo and appreciate the majestic caribou or […]

Arctic Camp

Arctic Camp

Marty’s photo of the day #2428: Setting up camp in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. I don’t remember what time I took this particular photo, but it could very well be after midnight, because the sun didn’t set while we were there.

Will they be migrating to oil wells?

Will they be migrating to oil wells?

Marty’s photo of the day #2401: I took this photo in the Yukon Territory. This is a small section of the Porcupine caribou migration. Traveling more than 700 miles between Canada and the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, in Alaska, it is the longest terrestrial migration on Earth. Of course now that the sinister Republican tax […]

I resolve not to spit in the face . . .

I resolve not to spit in the face . . .

Marty’s photo of the day #2394: The Republican-led Senate just passed their tax bill, which is a giveaway to the rich (Jesus’s favorite people) and opens up the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil drilling (because Jesus thinks wilderness looks better covered with oil spills). Consequently, here is my New Year’s Resolution: I resolve not […]

Caribou in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

Caribou in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

Marty’s photo of the day #2370: These caribou are in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge—the most pristine and remote region in the United States. In the coming weeks, greedy Republicans will likely open up parts of this refuge to oil drilling. “Praise, Jesus!” they will say, as they rape the land for oil company profits […]

National jewel soon to be poisoned

National jewel soon to be poisoned

Marty’s photo of the day #2369: This is the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge—the most pristine and remote region in the United States. In the coming weeks, greedy Republicans will likely open up parts of this refuge to oil drilling. “Praise, Jesus!” they will say, as they rape the land for oil company profits and political […]

Alligator Eyes

Alligator Eyes

Marty’s photo of the day #2333: This is one of my favorite photos from my book Endangered Edens: Exploring the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Costa Rica, the Everglades, and Puerto Rico. I took it on a solo hike in the Everglades. Here’s an excerpt from my book, explaining the shot: Most of the water I […]

Arctic Ocean summer ice break-up

Arctic Ocean summer ice break-up

Marty’s photo of the day #2312: I love it when I discover a photo on my hard drive that I totally forgot taking. You are looking at the Arctic Ocean summer ice break-up, against the coast of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. I took this photo from a small airplane, shortly after taking off from […]

Hang on, Mr. Alligator!

Hang on, Mr. Alligator!

Marty’s photo of the day #2301: Here’s one of my good buddies from my Everglades adventure in 2013, working on my book Endangered Edens: Exploring the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Costa Rica, the Everglades, and Puerto Rico. Now, of course, I worry terribly about all the wildlife in the Everglades. Hang on Mr. Alligator! Stay […]

Arctic Red Fox

Arctic Red Fox

Marty’s photo of the day #2296: Here’s another shot from Deb’s and my canoe trip across the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. We saw this red fox far in the distance, as he hunted in a zig-zag pattern. He didn’t change is path, as he approached, and eventually zig-zagged right around us!

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