Nature photography, little-known facts, and eco-rants from the six-time award-winning author of "Cool Creatures, Hot Planet" and the soon to be published "Endangered Edens."

Martyman drives!

Martyman drives!

Marty’s photo of the day #1889: Deb, Martyman, and I are heading on a four-day rock and roll road trip. On Saturday, we will be driving eight hours south, to Salt Lake City, to see Cheap Trick, Joan Jett, and Heart. When we told Martyman that we were going to see a concert featuring three […]

Deb and the mullein plant . . . and bears?

Deb and the mullein plant . . . and bears?

Marty’s photo of the day #1888: Deb poses with a tall mullein plant, while Bella stands guard, in case a mountain lion or bear attacks. Okay, Bella was most likely looking for squirrels, but that doesn’t sound nearly as exciting. (Photographed this past Sunday at our new secret spot—located five miles from our house.)

The turkey vulture and the big sneeze

The turkey vulture and the big sneeze

Marty’s photo of the day #1887: I photographed this turkey vulture Sunday night at Deb’s and my new secret spot. Funny story: Because we were in an area frequented by bears, and the huckleberries were at their peak, I was constantly on the lookout to make sure we didn’t surprise anyone. When I spotted the […]

Our secret spot, pt 2

Our secret spot, pt 2

Marty’s photo of the day #1886: Last Monday, I wrote about a secret spot Deb and I had found, just five miles from our house. Yesterday, Deb and I returned to the same area with wine and dinner. Just as we were leaving our house, the wind changed, bringing in forest fire smoke from Idaho. […]

Political Scrabble

Political Scrabble

Marty’s photo of the day #1885: If you follow my posts, you know that Deb and I are political junkies. You also know that during the summer we dedicate one night each weekend to a game of Mexican Train (a dominoes game) or Scrabble outdoors, on our porch.   Even though we often talk politics, […]

Martyman, rats, and mice. Oh, my!

Martyman, rats, and mice. Oh, my!

Last night, at 2:30, my dog Lucy went crazy. It wasn’t one of her normal barks. It was one of those “Dad, get up! Mass murderers are at the door!” barks. Thinking it was actually just a bear, I rolled out of bed and hurried to a window. I looked out to see a pickup […]

Inuvik

Inuvik

Marty’s photo of the day #1884: Remember yesterday’s photo of colorful downtown Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego, Argentina (the southernmost city in the world)? Today we travel in the opposite direction to dull and austere downtown Inuvik, Northwest Territories, Canada (the northernmost city you can drive to in Canada). I love Canada, but Inuvik is one […]

Ushuaia

Ushuaia

Marty’s photo of the day #1883: Here’s a look at downtown Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego, Argentina—the southernmost city in the world. Tomorrow, for comparison, I’m going to show you a photo I took of downtown Inuvik, Northwest Territories, Canada. Although there are some cities farther north than Inuvik, it is the northernmost city you can […]

Savoring the Obama Presidency. A 50-year list of best-to-worst presidents.

Savoring the Obama Presidency. A 50-year list of best-to-worst presidents.

Although diehard Republicans despise Barack Obama, many of us are savoring the last five months of his presidency. It didn’t quite hit me what a good president he’s been, until I stumped three people critical of his policies with this simple question: “Name one president better than Obama during the last 50 years.” That led […]

The Southernmost City in the World

The Southernmost City in the World

Marty’s photo of the day #1882: Where in the world is Deb? In this photo she is in Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego, Argentina. Ushuaia is the southernmost city in the world (at the tip of South America), and she is looking toward Antarctica.

Tiptoe through the guano!

Tiptoe through the guano!

Marty’s photo of the day #1881: Imagine if reincarnation turned out to be real. Imagine being obsessive-compulsive about germs and being reincarnated as a penguin. Imagine being that penguin and trying to cross a field of mud and guano without face-planting. You don’t have to imagine what you’d look like. Here’s your picture!   (Gentoo […]

Our secret place

Our secret place

Marty’s photo of the day #1880: My wife, Deb, and I have a new secret place. This is our twentieth year of living in Montana, and our house is at 4000 feet, in the foothills of a mountain. Not far from us is an area we used to hike until developers subdivided and sold off […]

The Twister Elephant

The Twister Elephant

Marty’s photo of the day #1879: This isn’t one of my better elephant photos, but it is one of my more memorable. While hiking across Mana Pools National Park in Zimbabwe, we came across a wetlands area, occupied by a Nile crocodile. The crocodile was about four-feet long, and my inner Steve Irwin convinced me […]

Spanish Ibex

Spanish Ibex

Marty’s photo of the day #1878: Spanish Ibex.

Valais Blacknose Sheep

Valais Blacknose Sheep

Marty’s photo of the day #1877: This is a Valais Blacknose Sheep. For those of you who read my recent “legitimate political commentary” about Donald Trump and Rudy Giuliani’s special love for sheep: don’t worry. This little cutie is safe! I photographed her in Switzerland, at the base of the Matterhorn—far away from Giuliani’s frothy […]

Fly, Martyman! Fly!

Fly, Martyman! Fly!

Marty’s photo of the day #1876: Martyman learns the hard way not to get too close to Civil War reenactors.

Legitimate political commentary

Legitimate political commentary

I don’t think there is a more repugnant human being than Rudy Giuliani. Every time he speaks, he’s the caricature of a sleazy, hateful, foaming at the mouth politician. Today, CNN host Chris Cuomo asked Giuliani what he thought about Donald Trump claiming that President Obama “founded ISIS.” Giuliani responded that Trump’s words were “legitimate […]

Don’t be crabby

Don’t be crabby

Marty’s photo of the day #1875: For anyone feeling crabby today.   (Photographed in Costa Rica.)  

What Trump and a biker bill collectors have in common

What Trump and a biker bill collectors have in common

Donald Trump’s verbal wet fart yesterday gave me flashbacks to my early twenties, when I was a partner in a Minneapolis-based talent management agency. A nightclub owner had stiffed one of our bands, and we hired some scary-looking bikers to attempt to collect the money. Before the collection effort, we had a meeting with our […]

Costa Rica’s Golfo Dulce

Costa Rica’s Golfo Dulce

Marty’s photo of the day #1874: Today’s photo was an alternative shot for my book, “Endangered Edens: Exploring the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Costa Rica, the Everglades, and Puerto Rico.” A similar shot—that was a bit better—made the book instead. This is Deb, kayaking in Costa Rica’s Golfo Dulce.

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