Nature photography, political rants, and Martyman laughs from the ten-time award-winning author of "Cool Creatures, Hot Planet" and "Endangered Edens."

Yay nature!

Yay nature!

Marty’s photo of the day #2229: When I took this photo, I was standing inside the caldera of a volcano, at Deception Island, near Antarctica. Ocean water fills the much of the interior of the Deception Island volcano, and there used to be a whaling station there. Fortunately, Mother Nature destroyed the whaling station with […]

The prey has a job to do

The prey has a job to do

Marty’s photo of the day #2228: Here’ an excerpt from my fist book, Cool Creatures, Hot Planet: Exploring the Seven Continents: Woof! “Everyone, sit!” whispered Brian. “A pack of Cape hunting dogs is directly in front of us!” The dogs were an animal I had hoped, but never expected, to see. Cape hunting dogs are […]

Don’t blame the cow

Don’t blame the cow

Marty’s photo of the day #2227: I know that cows contribute to global warming and that range cows, like this one, are incredibly destructive to the environment. But that’s the fault of humans, not the cows. When I was a kid, my first “wildlife” photo, other than a squirrel, was a cow. All these years […]

Missouri iris

Missouri iris

Marty’s photo of the day #2226: Here is another of the 33 species of wildflower we spotted last weekend, hiking in the mountains near Hall, Montana. My wife, Deb, does the identification, and I do the photography. She identified this flower as a Missouri iris.

Puffball mushroom or alien egg?

Puffball mushroom or alien egg?

Marty’s photo of the day #2225: Here’s another photograph from last weekend, hiking in the mountains. Is it a puffball mushroom or an alien egg that will hatch into some hideous monster? I’m just not sure.

The Bella photobomb

The Bella photobomb

Marty’s photo of the day #2224: Taking a mountaintop family photo can be tricky—especially when dogs are involved. This photo is from last weekend, near the Forest Service cabin we rented. To take this photo, I had to set my camera on my pack, adjust the settings, push the shutter button, and run to get […]

This tree brings its own ornaments

This tree brings its own ornaments

Marty’s photo of the day #2223: This tree, at the top of a mountain in Montana, didn’t need no stinkin’ Christmas ornaments. It had its own!

Cusick’s speedwells

Cusick’s speedwells

Marty’s photo of the day #2222: Here’s another of the 33 species of wildflower we saw this past weekend, while hiking in the mountains near Hall, Montana. The purplish-blue flowers are Cusick’s speedwells. As for the white flower, we’re not sure. There are so many little flowers like that—it could be any of a number […]

Arnica Flowers

Arnica Flowers

You can see two Montana towns from here

You can see two Montana towns from here

Marty’s photo of the day #2220: I didn’t post a photo of the day yesterday, as I was Internet free for the weekend. On Saturday, Deb and I took our granddaughter, Fiona, to the Douglas Creek Cabin, which is a Forest Service cabin near Hall, Montana. Then, on Sunday, my son Sean and his wife, […]

What Greg Gianforte meant by “full responsibility”

What Greg Gianforte meant by “full responsibility”

Republican Congressman-elect Greg “The Body Slammer” Gianforte (first breath): “I take full responsibility for my actions.” Republican Congressman-elect Greg “The Body Slammer” Gianforte (next breath): “As long as I don’t have to pose for a mug shot. That isn’t included in my responsibility. Mug shots are only for commoners. I’m a rich multimillionaire. People like […]

My final Adam West tribute

My final Adam West tribute

Marty’s photo of the day #2219: Batman, coming through Barbara’s window: “We would have entered the building by more conventional means, but we didn’t want to startle the tenants.”

Close your eyes and it gets darks

Close your eyes and it gets darks

Marty’s photo of the day #2218: Robin: “If we close our eyes, we can’t see anything.” Batman: “A sound observation, Robin.”

The all-important utility belt

The all-important utility belt

  Marty’s photo of the day #2217: Robin: “Where’d you get a live fish, Batman?” Batman: “The true crimefighter always carries everything he needs in his utility belt, Robin.”

To the bat cave!

To the bat cave!

Marty’s photo of the day #2216: Batman: “Better put 5 cents in the meter.” Robin: “No policeman’s going to give the Batmobile a ticket.” Batman: “This money goes to building better roads. We all must do our part.”

Sympathy for the Republican

Sympathy for the Republican

As of today, Republicans have rescinded the longstanding policy of allowing the media to ask questions of coming and going senators in hallways at the Capitol. Now reporters must get permission from the Senate Rules Committee before asking a question. I could go on a rant about how this is just one more step toward […]

Good grammar is essential

Good grammar is essential

Marty’s photo of the day #2215: Robin: “You can’t get away from Batman that easy!” Batman: “Easily.” Robin: “Easily.” Batman: “Good grammar is essential, Robin.” Robin: “Thank you.” Batman: “You’re welcome.”

Nobody wants war

Nobody wants war

Marty’s photo of the day #2214: Batman: “Nobody wants war.” Robin: “Gee, Batman. Belgravia’s such a small country. We’d beat them in a few hours.” Batman: “Yes, and then we’d have to support them for years.”

In memory of Adam West

In memory of Adam West

Marty’s photo of the day #2213: Catwoman: “Let no one say that Catwoman is not the best-dressed woman in the world.” Batman: “There are no fashion shows where you’re going, Catwoman.” Robin: “And how could a feline feloness like you also be a fashion model?” Batman: “Ah-ah. Give credit where credit is due, Robin. She […]

Humpback Whale

Humpback Whale

Marty’s photo of the day #2212: Humpback whale, along the coast of Antarctica.

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