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Animals A to Z. The Letter P

Animals A to Z. The Letter P

Marty’s photo of the day #2627: It’s “Animals A thru Z Month.” Each day in August, I will post an animal I’ve photographed—somewhere in the world—in alphabetical order. P is for Painted Dogs. I photographed this pack of painted dogs in Zimbabwe. Big eared, long legged, and gangly, each dog has a unique coat pattern. […]

Animals A to Z. The Letter O

Animals A to Z. The Letter O

Marty’s photo of the day #2626: It’s “Animals A thru Z Month.” Each day in August, I will post an animal I’ve photographed—somewhere in the world—in alphabetical order. O is for Orangutan. Orangutans are the world’s largest tree-dwelling animals. In the Malay language, orangutan means “man of the forest.” Considering that they share 96.4 percent […]

Animals A to Z. The Letter I

Animals A to Z. The Letter I

Marty’s photo of the day #2620: It’s “Animals A thru Z Month.” Each day in August, I will post an animal I’ve photographed—somewhere in the world—in alphabetical order. I is for Ibex. I photographed these two young ibex in Spain. Once a plentiful species, the IUCN classifies Spanish ibex as “near threatened.” As with so […]

Animals A to Z. The Letter A

Animals A to Z. The Letter A

Marty’s photo of the day #2612: It’s “Animals A thru Z Month.” Each day in August, I will post an animal I’ve photographed—somewhere in the world—in alphabetical order. The name of every animal must start with the letter, and no letters will be skipped. Yes, I have photographed an animal with a name that begins […]

Wandering albatross

Wandering albatross

Marty’s photo of the day #2592: I will let a short excerpt from my first book, Cool Creatures, Hot Planet: Exploring the Seven Continents, 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 the […]

Honoring endangered species, part 6

Honoring endangered species, part 6

Marty’s photo of the day #2407: This week marks the 44th Anniversary of the signing of the Endangered Species Act. Since today’s Republicans would rather worship money than do something for the greater good, it’s possible that this might be the last anniversary of the ESA. With that in mind, this week I’m featuring photos […]

Honoring endangered species, part 5

Honoring endangered species, part 5

Marty’s photo of the day #2406. This week marks the 44th Anniversary of the signing of the Endangered Species Act. Since today’s Republicans would rather worship money than do something for the greater good, it’s possible that this might be the last anniversary of the ESA. With that in mind, this week I’m featuring photos […]

The prey has a job to do

The prey has a job to do

Marty’s photo of the day #2228: Here’ an excerpt from my fist book, Cool Creatures, Hot Planet: Exploring the Seven Continents: Woof! “Everyone, sit!” whispered Brian. “A pack of Cape hunting dogs is directly in front of us!” The dogs were an animal I had hoped, but never expected, to see. Cape hunting dogs are […]

Just like Spider-Man

Just like Spider-Man

Marty’s photo of the day #2028: This spider monkey photo is from my travels for my book Endangered Edens: Exploring the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Costa Rica, the Everglades, and Puerto Rico. This photo didn’t make my book (others from the same shoot did), as the light wasn’t quite right. Here’s a brief except from Endangered […]

In search of the Spanish Ibex

In search of the Spanish Ibex

Marty’s photo of the day #1778: It’s “CC, HP: ESC Month,” featuring photos and excerpts from my first book, Cool Creatures, Hot Planet: Exploring the Seven Continents. Today we end the month with an excerpt from my Europe chapter: Deb and I weren’t hiking in Parque Regional de la Sierra de Gredos to see cows. […]

The rare and cool Australian Lace-Lid Frog

The rare and cool Australian Lace-Lid Frog

Marty’s photo of the day #1773: It’s “CC, HP: ESC Month,” featuring photos and excerpts from my first book, Cool Creatures, Hot Planet: Exploring the Seven Continents.   Today’s photo is from the Queensland. Australian lace-lid frogs are classified as “endangered” by the IUCN. They reach two and a half inches in length. At first […]

Borneo Orangutan

Borneo Orangutan

Marty’s photo of the day #1762: It’s “CC, HP: ESC Month,” featuring photos and excerpts from my first book, Cool Creatures, Hot Planet: Exploring the Seven Continents. Today’s photo is from Borneo, the third largest island in the world. This is a male orangutan, and here are a few orangutan facts, lifted from my book: […]

No Skinny-Dipping with the Crocs!

No Skinny-Dipping with the Crocs!

Marty’s photo of the day #1748: April is going to be a great, but exhausting, month for me, as I will be performing shows in Illinois, Wisconsin, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Nebraska. Several times I’ll have multiple events in a day, and from April 5 thru 22 I’ll only have one day off. […]

The plight of the orangutan

The plight of the orangutan

Marty’s photo of the day #1701: It’s Borneo Week. All week long I will be featuring photos from Deb’s and my adventure on the third largest island in the world. Below is a short excerpt from my book, Cool Creatures, Hot Planet, explaining the plight of the orangutan: Orangutans are the world’s largest tree-dwelling animals. […]

Spanish Ibex

Spanish Ibex

Marty’s photo of the day #1581: I haven’t posted any Europe photos for a while, so here’s a Spanish ibex. Once a plentiful species, they are now IUCN classified as “near threatened.” As with so many other animals, human activities are responsible for their peril. In this instance, overhunting has reduced ibex numbers to fewer […]

Wandering Albatross

Wandering Albatross

Marty’s photo of the day #1505. It’s Book Excerpts Week, featuring an excerpt from my first book, “Cool Creatures, Hot Planet: Exploring the Seven Continents,” and a corresponding photo (that may or may not be from the book). Even though we were hundreds of miles away from any significant landmass, our Drake Passage voyage was […]

W is for Whale

W is for Whale

Marty’s photo of the day #1477: It’s “Animals A thru Z Month.” Each day in June, I will post an animal I’ve photographed—somewhere in the world—in alphabetical order. I’ll post the letter “W and three others, twice (with different animals) to fill out the month. W is for Whale. I photographed this humpback whale off […]

I is for Ibex

I is for Ibex

Marty’s photo of the day #1461: It’s “Animals A thru Z Month.” Each day in June, I will post an animal I’ve photographed—somewhere in the world—in alphabetical order. I’ll post the letter “I” and three others, twice (with different animals) to fill out the month. I is for Ibex. I photographed these two young ibex […]

E is for Eagle Ray

E is for Eagle Ray

Marty’s photo of the day #1456: It’s “Animals A thru Z Month.” Each day in June, I will post an animal I’ve photographed—somewhere in the world—in alphabetical order. I’ll post the letter “E,” and three others, twice (with different animals) to fill out the month. E is for Eagle Ray. Eagle rays are huge, weighing […]

A is for American Crocodile

A is for American Crocodile

  Marty’s photo of the day #1452: It’s “Animals A thru Z Month.” Each day in June, I will post an animal I’ve photographed—somewhere in the world—in alphabetical order. (I’ll post four letters twice, with different animals, to fill out the month). The name of every animal must start with the letter, and no letters […]

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