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Wandering albatross

Wandering albatross

Marty’s photo of the day #3946: I photographed this wandering albatross, gliding alongside me, somewhere between the tip of South America and Antarctica.

World’s largest flume ride

World’s largest flume ride

Marty’s photo of the day #3904: I shot this photo while crossing the Drake Passage, between Antarctica and South America. The Drake Passage is known for having the roughest seas in the world. During this storm, thirty foot waves were crashing the bow of our little ship and splashing the window up on the bridge. […]

Missionary abuse

Missionary abuse

Marty’s photo of the day #3865: The novel I am working on is by far the funniest of the seven books I have written. Despite the humor, I also deal with serious subjects. In one of the adventures, my protagonists travel back in time to stop a Christian missionary, who is abusing native peoples. I […]

A harbinger of death?

A harbinger of death?

Marty’s photo of the day #3692: This is been the summer of finding unusual owls and moths. So how about an owlet moth? Since my summer office is outside, I see wildlife every day. Consequently, after living in the same forest-surrounded Montana house for 25 years, when I see something for the first time I […]

Paying attention to the Arctic

Paying attention to the Arctic

Marty’s photo of the day #2987: My recent photos of the day have taken us to Africa, North America, Central America, the southern tip of South America, Antarctica, Australia, and Asia. My apologies to the Arctic for ignoring it. Let’s go there now. In this photo, I’m standing on a tiny island in the Arctic […]

South America’s tip

South America’s tip

Marty’s photo of the day #2985: What does the tip of South America look like, when you approach it via boat, from Antarctica? Now you know!

Roller coaster at sea

Roller coaster at sea

Marty’s photo of the day #2839: In this photo, I’m on the bridge of the Russian ship, the Professor Multanovskiy, sailing between Antarctica and South America. A storm has come up, and we are on a massive roller coaster ride—diving into wave troughs, climbing back atop the crest, and then doing it all over again. […]

Don’t trust that laugh!

Don’t trust that laugh!

Marty’s photo of the day #2535: Here’s what I wrote about laughing kookaburras 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: Oo-oo-oo-aw-aw-aw-oo-oo-oo-aw-aw-aw. When motion picture soundtracks were in their […]

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