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Good luck stork

Good luck stork

Marty’s photo of the day #3942: White storks commonly nest on steeple-tops in rural Spain, where they are thought to bring good luck.

A photo for the defiant

A photo for the defiant

Marty’s photo of the day #3930: I shot this photo in Spain, but I think whoever lived here had the same spirit of defiance as the brave people in Ukraine: “Do you think sacking our castle is going to intimidate us into leaving? Fuck you! We’ll build a new one right next to it!”

The Eurpean Church Tour, Pt 3

The Eurpean Church Tour, Pt 3

Marty’s photo of the day #3846: As has become a tradition, each year around Christmas, I dig into my photos of the great old churches I photographed in Europe. That way Christians can enjoy them for their religious significance, creative people can enjoy them for their artistic beauty, and atheists can enjoy them for the […]

The European Church Tour, Pt 1

The European Church Tour, Pt 1

Marty’s photo of the day #3844: As has become a tradition, each year around Christmas, I dig into my photos of the great old churches I photographed in Europe. That way Christians can enjoy them for their religious significance, creative people can enjoy them for their artistic beauty, and atheists can enjoy them for the […]

Spanish Martini

Spanish Martini

Marty’s photo of the day #3828: In a glass add 2 1/2 ounces of gin or vodka, 1/2 ounce of dry vermouth, and ice. Travel to Spain, climb gate of olive farm located there, steal two olives and drop them into the glass. Run away when spotted (carrying the glass, of course) and hurry back […]

Sacked!

Sacked!

Marty’s photo of the day #3819: A sacked castle in Spain.

Why we don’t pre-plan

Why we don’t pre-plan

Marty’s photo of the day #3815: The other night, my wife, Deb, and I were talking about the different ways people travel. While some of our adventures, like to Antarctica, were only practical with guides, many of our best adventures happened when nothing was pre-planned. Many people go to places, like Spain, on trips where […]

Hiking with the Spanish ibex

Hiking with the Spanish ibex

Marty’s photo of the day #3798: Today we travel to the western side of Spain to hike with a Spanish ibex.

Photo surprise

Photo surprise

Marty’s photo of the day #3697: I always enjoy when I go through my photos and find one that I don’t remember taking. This is one of those photos: my wife, Deb, on our hike through La Garganta Divina in northern Spain.

I can’t ignore Europe!

I can’t ignore Europe!

Marty’s photo of the day #3689: I rarely post traditional vacation-type photos, but I hadn’t posted anything from Europe recently, and I was feeling a bit guilty about leaving the continent out. So here’s Deb and me in front of the Palacio Real de Madrid (the Royal Palace) in Madrid, Spain.

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 […]

Sunset in Spain

Sunset in Spain

Marty’s photo of the day #3615: The view from the balcony of Deb’s and my hotel room, on our anniversary, many years ago. We are looking at the Bay of Biscay, in Spain.

Spanish Ibex

Spanish Ibex

Marty’s photo of the day #3582: Today we travel to the western side of Spain for a little Spanish ibex action.

La Garganta Divina

La Garganta Divina

Marty’s photo of the day #3571: While working on my first book, Cool Creatures, Hot Planet: Exploring the Seven Continents, Deb and I spend a delightful day hiking La Garganta Divina in northeastern Spain. Much of the hike was an old, narrow mule track that hugged the side of the gorge—often high above the river.

Cathedral Viejo

Cathedral Viejo

Marty’s photo of the day #3566: I took this photo, looking up at the Cathedral Viejo, a massive thirteenth-century Catholic church in Plasencia, Spain. There are actually two parts to this church, with the new section being built during the time of the Spanish Inquisition. I didn’t realize that there were old and new sections […]

Drunk shopping

Drunk shopping

Marty’s photo of the day #3527: The following excerpt from my newly published sixth book, “Hits, Heathens, and Hippos: Stories from an Agent, Activist, and Adventurer,” takes place in Cangas de Onís, Spain: Once we finished our excellent meal, the man from behind the bar walked over and introduced himself as Angel, one of the […]

Castle in Spain

Castle in Spain

Marty’s photo of the day #3504: Me, looking up from below: “Rapunzel! Rapunzel! Let down your hair.” And yes, I did consider digitally inserting the senator from Vermont and calling out, “Bernie! Bernie! Let down your mittens.” (Photographed in Spain)

French turtles

French turtles

Marty’s photo of the day #3491: Today we go to France for turtles. These are Mauremys leprosas, the rarest terrapins living in France. The only known population in the country is along the border with Spain.

Another Spanish Church

Another Spanish Church

Marty’s photo of the day #3471: As I have done during Christmases in the past, I’m digging 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 […]

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 […]

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