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The best way to do Europe

The best way to do Europe

Marty’s photo of the day #3820: When Deb and I traveled to Europe for my first book, “Cool Creatures, Hot Planet: Exploring the Seven Continents,” we had no GPS, no cell phones, no hotel reservations, and no plans at all other than to meet a friend mid-trip in Switzerland for two days. We started in […]

Looking down instead of up

Looking down instead of up

Marty’s photo of the day #3392: In the past, I’ve posted photographs I’ve taken while hiking partway up the Matterhorn in Switzerland. Here’s the view looking down instead of looking up. This is the tiny town of Zermatt, at the base of the Matterhorn.

The Matterhorn in the Morning

The Matterhorn in the Morning

Marty’s photo of the day #3350: The Matterhorn in the morning (Switzerland).

Cool break in Switzerland

Cool break in Switzerland

Marty’s photo of the day #3339: For those desiring a visual break from the summer heat. I took this photo from the top of the Klein Matterhorn in Switzerland (12,740 feet), overlooking a glacier spanning between the peaks.

Not as close as it looks

Not as close as it looks

Marty’s photo of the day #3173: Beware! Objects are farther than they appear. This is a great example of how a photo can compress a scene. I captured this image while standing on the outskirts of the village of Zermatt, Switzerland. It looks like you could hike to the Matterhorn in a matter of minutes. […]

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 […]

Ice on the Matterhorn

Ice on the Matterhorn

Marty’s photo of the day #3075: I took this picture while Deb, a friend, and I were hiking to the Matterhorn in Switzerland. We didn’t have any climbing equipment, so our goal was to make it only a third of the way up. Unfortunately, we hit ice at a quarter of the way up and […]

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 […]

Zermatt, Switserland

Zermatt, Switserland

Marty’s photo of the day #2913: This is the town of Zermatt, Switzerland. I took this photo from what was essentially the foot of the Matterhorn.

When butterflies deliver your mail

When butterflies deliver your mail

Marty’s photo of the day #2871: I dedicate today’s photo to Wanda LaCroix. She lives in Grecia, Costa Rica, and on February 1st I mailed her a copy of my new novel, “Time Is Irreverent 2: Jesus Christ, Not Again!” According to USPS tracking, the book traveled from Victor, Montana to Missoula to San Francisco […]

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 […]

Donald’s Switzerland date

Donald’s Switzerland date

Marty’s photo of the day #2435: Now that Melania Trump is giving Donald the cold shoulder over his porn star affair, Ryan Zinke is busy trying to find a date to accompany the toddler-in-chief on his upcoming Switzerland trip. So far, he’s only found one female mammal willing to get within ten feet of Donald […]

The Klein Matterhorn

The Klein Matterhorn

Marty’s photo of the day #2230: It’s a world of snow and ice. My view from the top of the Klein Matterhorn in Switzerland (elevation: 12,740).

Zermatt, Switzerland

Zermatt, Switzerland

Marty’s photo of the day #2117: Lately I’ve posted several photos from Europe. Let’s stay there for a while longer. This is the town of Zermatt, Switzerland (note the Matterhorn in the background). Flowers were everywhere!

The Matterhorn

The Matterhorn

Marty’s photo of the day #2115: Here’s the Matterhorn, in Switzerland. Deb and I hiked about 25% of the way to the top before we encountered ice and turned around.

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