Marty’s photo of the day #4228: One thing I’ve learned about visiting tropical rainforests is that for the first few days my pores will actually ache from sweating so much. Then, miraculously, my body will adjust to all the heat and humidity, and I’m just fine for the rest of my visit. Of course, if […]
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Controversy and a golden lion tamarin
Marty’s photo of the day #4227: So yesterday’s photo of the day generated some unexpected controversy. That photo featured me holding a baby pygmy marmoset that a 9-year-old Yagua girl from a tiny village in the Amazon Rainforest had rescued after its mother died (the cause of death for the mother is unknown, but likely […]
Marty’s photo of the day #4226: Just hanging out in a Yagua village (Amazon Rainforest of Peru), holding a baby pygmy marmoset. The marmoset belonged to a young girl, and I paid her a T-shirt for the privilege of holding her pet for a few minutes.
Inspired by the Yagua
Marty’s photo of the day #4195: Hanging out for a few hours with members of the Yagua tribe along a tributary of the Amazon River was a big event for both visitors and residents. Deb and I brought the children harmonicas, T-shirts, and bubbles, and in return we got to walk through their village and […]
Yagua boys where . . .
Marty’s photo of the day #3998: Yagua boys, in the Amazon Rainforest of Peru. There, they and their families live among poisonous snakes, giant spiders, jaguars, and piranhas—and no one is so baby-ass-insecure that they feel the need to own an assault rifle for “personal protection.”
The finer points of bubble blowing
Marty’s photo of the day #3910: For anyone who could use a happy picture today, this is my wife, Deb Essen, introducing Yagua children to the finer points of bubble blowing. (Photographed in the Amazon Rainforest of Peru)
Real life in fiction
Marty’s photo of the day #3903: To-date, I have written three nonfiction books and three science-fiction books. Additionally, I am almost finished with my seventh book. This one will be another science-fiction political-comedy. Even when I write fiction, I draw on personal experiences and factual events. In one of the adventures in my new book, […]
Marty’s photo of the day #3885: When visiting the Amazon Rainforest it’s tradition to bring T-shirts and other small gifts for the native people. When Deb and I go, we not only bring T-shirts, but we also bring harmonicas and bubbles. The children, especially, appreciate getting something unique that others don’t bring. In this photo, […]
Marty’s photo of the day #3873: I am holding a velvet swampsnake with one hand and photographing it using the other. This was one of the mellowest snakes I met while in the Amazon Rainforest of Peru. Someone from the Yagua tribe brought the snake to our camp, and I traded a T-shirt for it. […]
A girl and her pygmy marmoset
Marty’s photo of the day #3829: This is a Yagua girl and her pygmy marmoset, photographed in a tiny village, deep in the Amazon Rainforest of Peru.
The finer points of bubble blowing
Marty’s photo of the day #3234: Sometimes it’s just nice to look at a photo that makes you smile. This is my wife, Deb, teaching Yagua children the finer points of bubble blowing. (Photographed in the Amazon Rainforest of Peru)
No Newt is Good Newt in the Amazon Rainforest
Marty’s photo of the day #3200: Back in the 1990s, I had a side business selling No Newt is Good Newt T-shirts and sweatshirts. When Newt Gingrich resigned as Speaker of the House in 1998, no one wanted the shirts anymore (or, to look at it more positively, the shirts worked!), and to this day […]
Marty’s photo of the day #3182: This is a Yagua village Deb and I visited on the Rio Orosa (a tributary of the Amazon River), in the Amazon Rainforest of Peru. Every time we stopped by a village, excited children would greet us as we pulled ashore.
People along the Amazon River
Marty’s photo of the day #3181: Even though people pictures aren’t my specialty, I enjoy the images I made of the wonderful Yagua people I met along the Amazon River and its tributaries. Here’s another one.
Amazon people photos
Marty’s photo of the day #3180: People pictures aren’t my specialty, but I really need to start mixing in some of the images I made of the wonderful Yagua people I met along the Amazon River and its tributaries. Here’s one of them.
The Yagua children of the Amazon Rainforest
Marty’s photo of the day #3080: I loved visiting the Yagua villages along the rivers in the Amazon Rainforest. The children were always excited to see us, and we always came bearing gifts (T-shirts, sugar-free gum, harmonicas, and bubbles).
Appreciating the Amazon Rainforest, Pt 3
Marty’s photo of the day #2993: The Amazon Rainforest is burning, and while the Amazon has experienced major fires before, I can’t help wondering how much greedy right-wing politicians and nearly 40 years of climate change denial have contributed to the devastation. With that in mind, this week I’m featuring photos I’ve taken of animals […]
Fun on the river
Marty’s photo of the day #2960: Yagua boys on an Amazon River tributary, having a blast, trying to “accidentally” capsize their dugout in the wake of our boat.