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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 […]

The joys of adjusting to life in a foreign country

The joys of adjusting to life in a foreign country

Marty’s photo of the day #2753: One shock for Americans visiting countries like Spain and Italy is that you can’t always eat when you want to eat. I love that different countries have diverse traditions and cultures. Still, I have to admit to getting frustrated wanting to eat dinner at five or six o’clock and […]

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 […]

Inside a Spanish castle

Inside a Spanish castle

Marty’s photo of the day #2558: I will let a short excerpt from my first book, Cool Creatures, Hot Planet: Exploring the Seven Continents, explain this shot from Spain: If medieval real estate agents existed, they would have listed the Castillo de Monfragüe as a “starter castle.” Built in the fifteenth century, it was much […]

You can’t tell me that priest isn’t . . .

You can’t tell me that priest isn’t . . .

Marty’s photo of the day #2528: You’re looking at a section of art on the side of a church in Spain. And you can’t tell me that some of the priests aren’t checking out the boy’s ass! Spanish churches are amazing, but they also demonstrate the political aspect of religion that puts money and power […]

Who knows?

Who knows?

Marty’s photo of the day #2465: Sorry, I don’t know what kind of plant this is. All I can tell you is that I photographed it while exploring western Spain in 2003. Whatever it is, it’s pretty cool.

Drunk shopping

Drunk shopping

Marty’s photo of the day #2350: With Spain in the news so much lately, I thought I’d share with you a fun excerpt from my first book, Cool Creatures, Hot Planet: Exploring the Seven Continents. Drunk shopping: After several days of conversing only between ourselves, Deb and I relished the opportunity to speak with someone […]

My favorite Spanish castle

My favorite Spanish castle

Marty’s photo of the day #2118: My favorite part of visiting Spain were all the castles that we could just walk up to, and sometimes go inside. This decomposing castle was one of my favorites. We were just heading into Spain from France, when we spotted it in a wide valley, miles in the distance. […]

Olive Tree Farm

Olive Tree Farm

Marty’s photo of the day #2116: Here’s a scenic from Spain: an old olive tree farm.

Castle of the Sad Countess

Castle of the Sad Countess

Marty’s photo of the day #2114. This is the Castle of the Sad Countess in Arenas de San Pedro, Spain. While working on my first book, Cool Creatures, Hot Planet, I pieced together, through various sources (all in Spanish), a story of an amazing woman who resisted the Crown’s repossession of her castle after her […]

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. […]

When in Spain . . .

When in Spain . . .

Marty’s photo of the day #1749: In April, 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. Since I’ll have little time for selecting photos, I’m making things […]

The hills are alive with the sound . . .

The hills are alive with the sound . . .

Marty’s photo of the day #1690: This is Deb and the cows at Parque Regional de la Sierra de Gredos in western Spain. Here’ a short excerpt about this scene, from my first book, Cool Creatures, Hot Planet: Exploring the Seven Continents: Where Deb and I were hiking, the valley floor was at approximately six […]

View from a Spanish Castle

View from a Spanish Castle

Marty’s photo of the day #1686: What do you see when you are inside an abandoned castle and look out through the embrasure window? Here’s my view. Note how thick the walls are. This castle is located far away from any city, in western Spain.

Sacked Castle

Sacked Castle

Marty’s photo of the day #1674: I’m late posting again today, as I was in Missoula this morning for another radio interview. (Don’t forget I will be presenting a slide show and signing books tonight, at 7:00 p.m., at Shakespeare and Company in Missoula.) This photo shows Deb in front of one of the many […]

Rio Tajo River Valley

Rio Tajo River Valley

Marty’s photo of the day #1665: Yesterday I posted a photo of my wife, Deb, standing on the roof of an abandoned castle in western Spain. As promised, this photo shows what she was looking at: the Rio Tajo River Valley. You can see why someone would have built the castle where they did. If […]

Queen of all she surveys!

Queen of all she surveys!

Marty’s photo of the day #1664: This is my wife, Deb, standing atop an abandoned castle in western Spain. Tomorrow I will post what she is looking at. Wait until you see the view!

Spanish Castle

Spanish Castle

Marty’s photo of the day #1603: Anyone who has read my first book, “Cool Creatures, Hot Planet,” or seen my college show, knows that Deb and I temporarily detoured from our search for wildlife and searched for abandoned castles instead. We were in a sparsely populated region of Spain, and we could see this castle, […]

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