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Lion on the Zambezi

Lion on the Zambezi

Marty’s photo of the day #4172: Deb and I watched this lioness and four of her companions hunt Cape buffalo along the bank of the Zambezi River in Zimbabwe. We didn’t see a kill, and after about an hour had to continue our journey downriver. I shot this photo as we canoed on by. This […]

Playing with humpbacks

Playing with humpbacks

Marty’s photo of the day #4168: Of the many adventures Deb and I had while traveling all seven continents for my first book, Cool Creatures, Hot Planet: Exploring the Seven Continents, the one that provides the most vivid memories was an incredible two hours in a Zodiac along the coast of Antarctica—playing with three humpback […]

Wandering albatross

Wandering albatross

Marty’s photo of the day #4154: I will use a short excerpt from my first book, Cool Creatures, Hot Planet: Exploring the Seven Continents, to explain this shot: 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 […]

Holding up the world

Holding up the world

Marty’s photo of the day #4063: I’ve been posting a lot of photos from Montana lately, so I think it’s time to go back and post some photos from around the world for a while. Here’s one from Antarctica. The following excerpt, from my first book, Cool Creatures, Hot Planet: Exploring the Seven Continents, explains […]

The best way to do Europe

The best way to do Europe

Marty’s photo of the day #3820: When Deb and I traveled to Europe for my first book, “Cool Creatures, Hot Planet: Exploring the Seven Continents,” we had no GPS, no cell phones, no hotel reservations, and no plans at all other than to meet a friend mid-trip in Switzerland for two days. We started in […]

Marty Essen signed book special!

Marty Essen signed book special!

Signed books make great holiday gifts! Beginning today, I am offering a signed book special. Here are the prices: Cool Creatures, Hot Planet: Exploring the Seven Continents: $19.95 Endangered Edens: Exploring the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Costa Rica, the Everglades, and Puerto Rico: $19.95 Time Is Irreverent: $14.95 Time Is Irreverent 2: Jesus Christ, Not […]

It’s not in the book!

It’s not in the book!

Marty’s photo of the day #3700: I shot this humpback whale photo along the coast of Antarctica. I was going to write that this photo also appears in my first book, Cool Creatures, Hot Planet: Exploring the Seven Continents, but when I double-checked, it wasn’t there! Yeah, I had selected a different humpback whale photo […]

Peel River Ferry

Peel River Ferry

Marty’s photo of the day #3661: This is the Peel River ferry crossing, one hundred miles before reaching the village of Inuvik at the top of Canada. When Deb and I were here as part of my first book, “Cool Creatures, Hot Planet: Exploring the Seven Continents,” our dogs Kate and Annie joined us. It […]

View of Spain

View of Spain

Marty’s photo of the day #3658: I took this photo in western Spain. This excerpt from my first book, Cool Creatures, Hot Planet: Exploring the Seven Continents, explains the shot: Where Deb and I were hiking, the valley floor was at approximately six thousand feet and the surrounding mountain peaks varied between seven and eight […]

Yukon Territory in the fall

Yukon Territory in the fall

Marty’s photo of the day #3546: This is the Yukon Territory in the fall. One of Deb’s and my favorite trips for my first book, “Cool Creatures, Hot Planet: Exploring the Seven Continents,” was when we traveled all the way to the top of Canada in September 2002. Now that we have a real, competent […]

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 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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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: […]