Nature photography, political rants, and Martyman laughs from the ten-time award-winning author Marty Essen

It’s just a step to the left

It’s just a step to the left

“It’s just a jump to the leftAnd then a step to the rightPut your hands on your hipsYou bring your knees in tight” Marty’s photo of the day #4064: Gentoo penguins, photographed on a tiny island off the coast of Antarctica.

Holding up the world

Holding up the world

Marty’s photo of the day #4063: I’ve been posting a lot of photos from Montana lately, so I think it’s time to go back and post some photos from around the world for a while. Here’s one from Antarctica. The following excerpt, from my first book, Cool Creatures, Hot Planet: Exploring the Seven Continents, explains […]

Cushion goldenweed

Cushion goldenweed

Marty’s photo of the day #4062: This is the final flower photo I’m going to post from last week’s backpacking trip in southwestern Montana: cushion goldenweed.

Hanging out on the middle day

Hanging out on the middle day

Marty’s photo of the day #4061: The best part of three-day backpacking trips to U.S. Forest Service cabins is the middle day. It’s work to backpack in and work to backpack out, but that middle day is always heaven. Generally Deb (wife), Nellie (dog), and I go on a few short hikes on that middle […]

Wild geranium

Wild geranium

Marty’s photo of the day #4060: Here’s another wildflower photo from last week’s backpacking trip in the Anaconda Mountain Range of southwestern Montana. This is a wild geranium.

Waterhole side-eye

Waterhole side-eye

Marty’s photo of the day #4059: Of all the dogs I’ve had in my life, Nellie is the best at giving side-eye. And I swear half the time she does it just to be funny. DNA tests have confirmed Nellie to be one-half golden retriever and one-half Australian cattle dog (which also makes her one-fourth […]

Big pod mariposa lilies

Big pod mariposa lilies

Marty’s photo of the day #4058: Last week’s backpacking trip took Deb (wife), Nellie (dog), and me up to about 6,700 feet. That meant many of the wildflowers were in full bloom. Big pod mariposa lilies were everywhere! And seemingly every one had a different species of bug inside. Photographing the lilies, however, was a […]

Alpine aster

Alpine aster

Marty’s photo of the day #4057: Last week’s backpacking trip took Deb (wife), Nellie (dog), and me up to about 6,700 feet. That meant many of the wildflowers were still in bloom. This tiny alpine aster was one of those flowers. Note that a spider has a fly between the petals.

Beavers vs. Fire

Beavers vs. Fire

Marty’s photo of the day #4056: Last week Deb (wife), Nellie (dog), and I went on a three-day backpacking trip to May Creek Cabin, which is a U.S. Forest Service rental cabin in the Anaconda Mountain Range of southwestern Montana. If you look closely at this photo, you will see May Creek Cabin in a […]

A perfect wild lupine

A perfect wild lupine

Marty’s photo of the day #4055: In the coming days, I will be featuring quite a few wildflower photos from Deb’s and my backpacking trip. Earlier this week, we backpacked to the May Creek Cabin, which is a U.S. Forest Service cabin in the Anaconda Mountain Range of southwestern Montana. Last year, a huge forest […]

Prairie smoke

Prairie smoke

Marty’s photo of the day #4054: This is one of my favorite photos from Deb’s, Nellie’s, and my backpacking trip earlier this week. Prairie smoke was plentiful where we were hiking (in Anaconda Mountain Range of southwestern Montana), but it was difficult to photograph because the slightest breeze would swing the plant back and forth […]

“I’d really rather chase mice.”

“I’d really rather chase mice.”

“Mom and Dad are laughing and drinking on the footbridge again. They made me stop chasing mice to pose for this picture. I’d really rather chase mice.”—Nellie Marty’s photo of the day #4053: Deb, Nellie, and I have returned from our three-day backpacking trip. When Deb and I moved to Montana, in 1996, we started […]

Where the desert meets the water

Where the desert meets the water

Marty’s photo of the day #4052: Where the desert meets the water. Guanica cacti along the coast of Puerto Rico. This photo also appears in my second book, Endangered Edens: Exploring the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Costa Rica, the Everglades, and Puerto Rico.

Impressive camouflage

Impressive camouflage

Marty’s photo of the day #4051: Photographed in the Everglades, this little lizard demonstrates impressive camouflage. This photo also appears in my second book, Endangered Edens: Exploring the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Costa Rica, the Everglades, and Puerto Rico.

Squirrel cuckoo

Squirrel cuckoo

Marty’s photo of the day #4050: I photographed this squirrel cuckoo in Costa Rica. Yes, brown birds can be just as beautiful as those with bright colors. This photo also appears in my second book, Endangered Edens: Exploring the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Costa Rica, the Everglades, and Puerto Rico.

Wolf Track

Wolf Track

Marty’s photo of the day #4049: Wolf track vs. woman’s hand, photographed in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge of Alaska. This photo also appears in my second book, Endangered Edens: Exploring the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Costa Rica, the Everglades, and Puerto Rico.

Little Green Heron

Little Green Heron

Marty’s photo of the day #4048: I photographed this little green heron in the Everglades. This photo also appears in my second book, Endangered Edens: Exploring the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Costa Rica, the Everglades, and Puerto Rico.

Red Fox

Red Fox

Hecale longwing butterfly

Hecale longwing butterfly

Marty’s photo of the day #4046: You are looking at a Hecale longwing butterfly that I photographed in Costa Rica. This photo also appears in my second book, Endangered Edens: Exploring the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Costa Rica, the Everglades, and Puerto Rico.

Frisbee among the trees

Frisbee among the trees

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