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Take note

Take note

Marty’s photo of the day #3491: I’ve always loved this photo of my wife, Deb. At the time I took it, we were at the Hotel Schwarzsee, high in the Swiss Alps, near the base of the Matterhorn. The only way to get to the tiny hotel was by gondola (cable car), and each night […]

The Alaska Highway

The Alaska Highway

Marty’s photo of the day #3473: This is Alaska Highway, somewhere in British Columbia. Here’s what I wrote about the highway in my first book, Cool Creatures, Hot Planet: Exploring the Seven Continents: An hour or so later we reached the town of Dawson Creek, British Columbia, and the official start of the Alaska Highway. […]

The big Spanish door

The big Spanish door

Marty’s photo of the day #3472: This is the last of my Catholic Church photos from Spain until next Christmas. Today’s is of a huge door at the entrance to one of those churches. While I believe that much of the labor to build these magnificent churches came via slaves, this door is actually signed, […]

Imagine the good churches could do if . . .

Imagine the good churches could do if . . .

Marty’s photo of the day #3470: Since Christmas is here, it’s time to dig into my church photos from Spain. Here’s what I wrote in my first book, Cool Creatures, Hot Planet: Exploring the Seven Continents: Madrid is a grand old city with gigantic churches, enormous palaces, and magnificent sculptures. The churches in particular were […]

Signed Marty Essen Books!

Signed Marty Essen Books!

Avoid the Black Friday Crowds. Signed books make special gifts! For a limited time, I’m offering free U.S. shipping on all signed books and will also include a free signed copy of Endangered Edens with every purchase of two or more books. All books are Amazon #1 best-sellers in their respective categories. Here are the […]

Dreaming of Canada

Dreaming of Canada

Marty’s photo of the day #3440: Deb and I keep talking about repeating our trip to the top of Canada. We couldn’t do it during the last several years, because our dogs were too old to come along. Now that we have our young Lab-mix, Nellie, the temptation to go again is even greater. She […]

The end of navigable water

The end of navigable water

Marty’s photo of the day #3437: For those who have read my first book, Cool Creatures, Hot Planet: Exploring the Seven Continents, or have seen my college show, Around the World in 90 Minutes, this is the navigable end of the Batang AI River in Borneo. Here, Deb and I would get out of our […]

Lost in Spain

Lost in Spain

Marty’s photo of the day #3423: When Americans visit Spain, the vast majority stick to the touristy areas. When Deb and I went to Spain as part of the travels for my first book, Cool Creatures, Hot Planet: Exploring the Seven Continents, we made it a point to go to out-of-the-way places, where tourists don’t […]

A painful Amazon welcome

A painful Amazon welcome

Marty’s photo of the day #3381: I had wanted to visit the Amazon Rainforest ever since I was a kid. So when Deb and I traveled there for an adventure to be included in my first book, “Cool Creatures, Hot Planet: Exploring the Seven Continents,” I was excited to head out on my first Amazon […]

The most dangerous animal in Africa

The most dangerous animal in Africa

Marty’s photo of the day #3251: This is a Cape buffalo, photographed in Zimbabwe. From my first book, Cool Creatures, Hot Planet: Exploring the Seven Continents: Brian carried a high-powered rifle as a defense against animal attacks. He paused to warn us about animals that could force him to use it: “Contrary to what you […]

The story of the wandering albatrosses

The story of the wandering albatrosses

Marty’s photo of the day #3249: From my first book, Cool Creatures, Hot Planet: Exploring the Seven Continents: Even though we were hundreds of miles away from any significant landmass, our Drake Passage voyage was never boring. I spent much of my time outside on the bow enjoying the crisp Antarctic air and photographing the […]

There’s no quarantining here . . . or there!

There’s no quarantining here . . . or there!

Marty’s photo of the day #3197: If you’ve read my first book, Cool Creatures, Hot Planet: Exploring the Seven Continents, you know the story of Deb’s and my near-death adventure backpacking with the Iban tribe on the island of Borneo. Later we spent a day at an Iban longhouse to rest and recover. The COVID-19 […]

An anniversary in the rainforest

An anniversary in the rainforest

Marty’s photo of the day #3191: Being self-employed often means seldom taking a vacation. Before Deb and I traveled to all seven continents in four years, we had gone ten years without taking a vacation, other than occasional long-weekend backpacking trips. Even then, our seven continents of adventures were technically work, because I turned them […]

To the top of Canada

To the top of Canada

Marty’s photo of the day #3176: When Deb and I reminisce about our travels on all seven continents, for my book Cool Creatures, Hot Planet, we inevitably talk about which ones we want to do again. One that I’m reasonably sure we will repeat is our trip to the top of Canada. It was so […]

A ball-sucking glacier!

A ball-sucking glacier!

Marty’s photo of the day #3127: In this photo, Deb is at the top (elevation 4,300 feet) of the Salmon Glacier in Alaska. It’s the fifth largest glacier in North America. The following excerpt from my first book, Cool Creatures, Hot Planet: Exploring the Seven Continents, describes our adventure: Unlike other mountain roads I’ve driven, […]

Castles in Italy

Castles in Italy

Marty’s photo of the day #3102: When Deb and I were in Spain and France, working on my first book, Cool Creatures, Hot Planet: Exploring the Seven Continents, we had great luck finding walled cities and old abandoned castles that we could get inside to explore with no other humans in sight. When we were […]

Off to the editor!

Off to the editor!

Yay! I just sent Time Is Irreverent 3: Gone for Sixteen Seconds off to my editor. After I wrote my first book, Cool Creatures, Hot Planet: Exploring the Seven Continents (published in 2007), it took me nine years to publish Endangered Edens: Exploring the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Costa Rica, the Everglades, and Puerto Rico. […]

Paying for pedophile priests: No church possessions should be off-limits.

Paying for pedophile priests: No church possessions should be off-limits.

Marty’s photo of the day #3093: I took today’s Catholic Church photo in Madrid, Spain. I thought of it when I read that a new wave of rape and child abuse cases are about to hit the church. Apparently, when cover-ups fail, bankruptcy is one of the solutions. How can Catholic churches declare bankruptcy while […]

A delightful stay in Southern France

A delightful stay in Southern France

Marty’s photo of the day #3076: This is the tiny village of Lesponne in Southern France. When Deb and I were in France, working on the Europe chapter for my first book, Cool Creatures, Hot Planet: Exploring the Seven Continents, we didn’t have a GPS or hotel reservations. We basically roamed, with the only goal […]

The laughing kookaburra

The laughing kookaburra

Marty’s photo of the day #3050: This is a laughing kookaburra, photographed in Australia. Here’s what I wrote about the birds in my first book, Cool Creatures, Hot Planet: Exploring the Seven Continents: Though not as stunning as the kingfishers or cockatoos, laughing kookaburras are handsome gray and white birds with a very famous call: […]

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