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Church storks

Church storks

Marty’s photo of the day #3304: In rural Spain, storks nesting atop churches are a fairly common sight. Some people consider it a sign of good luck.

Castillo de Alburquerque

Castillo de Alburquerque

Marty’s photo of the day #3287: I photographed the castle in rural Spain. Called the Castillo de Alburquerque, it was built between 1461 and 1476 by the first Duke of Alburquerque, and it is still owned by his descendants.

Turn your head

Turn your head

Marty’s photo of the day #3232: Today we travel to Spain—for all the people who’ve always wanted to know what the back of a Spanish Ibex’s head looks like.

Dinosaur Egg

Dinosaur Egg

Marty’s photo of the day #3208: Dinosaur egg, photographed in Spain.

The streets of Arenas de San Pedro

The streets of Arenas de San Pedro

Marty’s photo of the day #3204: Years ago I took this photo to show how quiet the streets were during siesta in Arenas de San Pedro, Spain. My guess is that now the streets are pretty much this quiet all day long.

Moo in Spanish

Moo in Spanish

Marty’s photo of the day #3132: I know what you’re thinking: “Oh, it’s just a cow.” But when I was a teenager in northern Minnesota—just getting into photography—I took a lot of cow photos. No one could understand why—and that was probably the reason I did it. Anyway, years later, I still photograph the occasional […]

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 amazing Duomo di Firenze

The amazing Duomo di Firenze

Marty’s photo of the day #3099: When Deb and I were in Italy a year ago, Florence was one of our stops. This is Duomo di Firenze (The Florence Cathedral). Actually, it’s just a small part of the massive complex. Without an airplane or a hot air balloon, it was literally impossible to get back […]

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 […]

View from a castle

View from a castle

Marty’s photo of the day #3064: Since I’m in New York all week, presenting Around the World in 90 Minutes at colleges, all my pictures this week will be from that show. Today I have two photos. The first is my wife, Deb, standing on the roof of an old abandoned castle in western Spain. […]

Ketchup gets no respect

Ketchup gets no respect

Marty’s photo of the day #3036: I took this photo in a tiny town in western Spain. The below excerpt from my first book, Cool Creatures, Hot Planet: Exploring the Seven Continents, explains the significance of the shot—and how a simple request can offend an entire country and get you fired: We ambled back to […]

Lost in Spain

Lost in Spain

Marty’s photo of the day #3030: This is one of the many mountain villages Deb and I drove past while exploring northern Spain for the Europe chapter of Cool Creatures, Hot Planet: Exploring the Seven Continents. If I remember correctly, we were lost when I took this photo. Then again, we just needed to make […]

Bay of Biscay

Bay of Biscay

Marty’s photo of the day #2957: Last night Deb and I were reminiscing about how much fun we had working on the Europe chapter for my first book, Cool Creatures, Hot Planet: Exploring the Seven Continents. We explored Spain, France, Switzerland, and Andorra, without any real plans. We had no GPS, no hotel reservations—just a […]

Castle sacked? Build another one!

Castle sacked? Build another one!

Marty’s photo of the day #2854: What happens if you are a Spanish aristocrat and your first castle gets sacked? You build another one right next to it. (Photographed somewhere along the back roads of Spain.)

Spanish ruins

Spanish ruins

Marty’s photo of the day #2852: Having visited Spain, France, Switzerland, Andorra, and Italy, I have to say that I enjoyed Spain the most. The reason is that Spain feels less touristy, and it’s easy to get into rural areas, away from the crowds. Also, you can be driving a back road and all of […]

Okay, so we didn’t need a window table

Okay, so we didn’t need a window table

Marty’s photo of the day #2829: Several years ago, on our anniversary, Deb and I watched this sunset on the Bay of Biscay in northern Spain. Then we went to dinner at a fancy restaurant, making sure we had a window table so we could enjoy the view of . . . a very dark […]

Gold for Catholic priests in Madrid

Gold for Catholic priests in Madrid

Marty’s photos of the day #2756: This week I’m featuring Catholic-related photos I shot in Italy and Spain. While visiting both countries, I thoroughly enjoyed all the opulent Catholic sights. That being said, how can a religion based on a book whose main character railed against the rich, turn around and waste so much money […]

The Florence Cathedral—just a little church in Italy

The Florence Cathedral—just a little church in Italy

Marty’s photos of the day #2755: With this being Christmas week, I’m dedicating it to Catholic-related photos I shot in Italy and Spain. While visiting both countries, I thoroughly enjoyed all the opulent Catholic sights. That being said, how can a religion based on a book whose main character railed against the rich, turn around […]

The Catholic religion perplexes me

The Catholic religion perplexes me

Marty’s photo of the day #2754: The Catholic religion perplexes me. In high school, one of my girlfriends was Catholic, and her favorite song was “Only the Good Die Young” by Billy Joel (though she wasn’t any more inspired by Joel’s lyrics than Virginia was). Additionally, I’ve had many Catholic friends over the years, and […]

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