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

Puerto Rico interior

Puerto Rico interior

Marty’s photo of the day #2318: I took this photo while crossing the interior of Puerto Rico, several years ago. Best wishes to everyone in Puerto Rico, as they make their long and difficult recovery from Hurricane Maria.

Black bear

Black bear

Marty’s photo of the day #2317: Greetings from Lafayette, Louisiana! I’m here to perform two shows at South Louisiana Community College tomorrow. Since I have been on airplanes all morning, I’m late on my photo of the day. Here’s one of the black bears that has been walking by my front yard motion-sensing camera.

Seattle

Seattle

Marty’s photo of the day #2316: Because I live far from any major city, I mostly photograph wildlife. City photography can be just interesting. Here are four photos I took Friday morning, while exploring Seattle.

Goldfrapp in Seattle

Goldfrapp in Seattle

Marty’s photo of the day #2315: Deb and I are back from seeing Goldfrapp in Seattle. I have a concert DVD of the band performing in front of a huge crowd in London and have seen numerous other videos of them in large concert situations. Seeing them in a nightclub was an entirely different experience. […]

Happy Birthday Joan Jett!

Happy Birthday Joan Jett!

Marty’s photo of the day #2314: Happy birthday Joan Jett! September 22 and September 23 are memorable days for birthdays. Today is Joan Jett’s birthday, and tomorrow is Deb Essen’s and Bruce Springsteen’s birthday. My wife is a lot younger than Bruce. She’s also younger than Joan, but just how much, we’ll keep a secret. […]

Embarrassed by President Trump

Embarrassed by President Trump

When I was a child, nothing was more embarrassing than my father showing off his Christianity, by praying aloud in restaurants. Now that I am an adult, nothing is more embarrassing than “my president” showing off his ignorance, by speaking aloud at the United Nations.

Mexican sunset

Mexican sunset

Marty’s photo of the day #2313: It occurred to me this morning that I’ve shot photos in way too many areas that have been hit by natural disasters within the past month: Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico, and Mexico. I’ve also shot a bunch of photos in Washington, DC, but I’d have to classify those as […]

Arctic Ocean summer ice break-up

Arctic Ocean summer ice break-up

Marty’s photo of the day #2312: I love it when I discover a photo on my hard drive that I totally forgot taking. You are looking at the Arctic Ocean summer ice break-up, against the coast of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. I took this photo from a small airplane, shortly after taking off from […]

Christian and Muslim terrorists

Christian and Muslim terrorists

On the heels of Republican George W. Bush attacking Iraq based on a lie, the next Republican president, Donald Trump, has threatened to “totally destroy” North Korea. Add to that the Republicans’ denial of global warming, pulling us out of the Paris Agreement, and their determination to take away health care from millions, I am […]

Our 25-acre refuge from gunfire

Our 25-acre refuge from gunfire

Marty’s photo of the day #2311: Deb and I keep the 25 acres we own around our house as natural as possible. Our goal is to give the animals a safe spot they can come to—especially during the fall hunting season, when we are surrounded by gunfire. Each year the wildlife we see changes. One […]

Bicycling with bears

Bicycling with bears

Marty’s photo of the day #2310: Here’s another bear shot from the motion-sensing camera in my front yard. This one is from Saturday when, coincidentally, a bear briefly ran alongside me, shortly after I departed on my morning bicycle ride. I ride a little later on weekends than on weekdays, so there was just enough […]

Leopard seal

Leopard seal

Marty’s photo of the day #2308: A leopard seal along the coast of Antarctica.

Martyman gets rich!

Martyman gets rich!

Marty’s photo of the day #2307: Martyman is all excited, because I gave him a $5,000.00 bill. “With all this money, I can impress the ladies,” he said. “Maybe I can even get a mail-order stripper-bride, just like Melania Trump! Did I say stripper? I mean ‘high-class model-bride.’” Poor Martyman is in for a letdown. […]

The United States and its allies will never kill “the last terrorist.”

The United States and its allies will never kill “the last terrorist.”

The United States and its allies will never kill “the last terrorist.” Middle Eastern terrorists will continue to attack us and our allies, as long as we have a military presence in the Middle East. If you doubt that statement, look up how many times ISIS, Al-Qaeda, or other such groups have attacked Costa Rica […]

Paradise north of the Arctic Circle

Paradise north of the Arctic Circle

Marty’s photo of the day #2306: This is one of my favorite pictures of Deb, from one of my favorite moments with her. We were north of the Arctic Circle, returning from investigating the cesspool known as the Prudhoe Bay Oil Field. On the way up to Prudhoe Bay, the biting flies had been unbearable. […]

If my ass was going to be kicked, shouldn’t I at least deserve it?

If my ass was going to be kicked, shouldn’t I at least deserve it?

1) My wife, Deb, and I seldom argue. But when we do, she kicks my ass. I’m good at arguing points in writing, as I have a moment to think things through. In verbal arguments, I all too often come up with the perfect thing to say, ten minutes too late. 2) The two of […]

Unfortunate last names

Unfortunate last names

While I wait for the editing and cover art to be completed for my new science-fiction political-satire, Time is Irreverent, I have plenty of work to do, running my talent agency. One of those jobs includes updating my list of more than 7,000 college talent buyers. It’s a tedious task, as I have to visit […]

Alone . . . in the dark

Alone . . . in the dark

Marty’s photo of the day #2305: I photographed these orphaned baby orangutans while night-hiking through an orangutan rehabilitation facility in Borneo. These babies were supposed to be secured in pens at night, but they had escaped. And obviously the idea of escaping was much more exciting than the reality of heading for the rainforest, alone, […]

Leaf-mimic katydid

Leaf-mimic katydid

Marty’s photo of the day #2304: Here’s a leaf-mimic katydid. Photographed in the Amazon Rainforest of Peru.

The NFL’s Republican-style false outrage

The NFL’s Republican-style false outrage

I enjoy football, but I wish the NFL wasn’t so Republican. If a football player beats up his wife or girlfriend, he might get suspended for up to four games. If a football player beats his son bloody with a switch while claiming faith in God, the suspension will be longer, but when he comes […]

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