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."

Brown is beautiful!

Brown is beautiful!

Marty’s photo of the day #1923: People tend to like birds with bright-colored feathers the best, but I think brown birds can be just as beautiful. For instance, in my book “Endangered Edens,” I feature a stunning squirrel cuckoo that I photographed in Costa Rica. Today’s photo is of another beautiful brown bird. I photographed […]

The Sunflower of Happiness

The Sunflower of Happiness

Marty’s photo of the day #1922: Watching Donald Trump slice into Hillary Clinton’s lead in the past few weeks has been depressing. The good guys are always supposed to win. Right? We aren’t a country of ignorance, bigotry, and hate. Right? Well, last night’s debate raised my spirits. And unless something unprecedented happens, Hillary should […]

What is a chukar?

What is a chukar?

Marty’s photo of the day #1921: This is a type of partridge, called a chukar. These birds are native to Asia and are an introduced species in the United States. One of the many ways humans are screwing up Planet Earth is by introducing animals to areas those animals don’t belong. This chukar was on […]

Shouldn’t be being shot by a police officer be one of the most difficult things to happen to a human being?

Shouldn’t be being shot by a police officer be one of the most difficult things to happen to a human being?

After watching videos of the police shootings of the black men in Tulsa and Charlotte, I have to wonder: why are police officers even issued Tasers? In both situations, if violence was even necessary, a Taser would have done the job just as effectively as a gun. Not all police officers are bad. I remember […]

Pelican

Pelican

Marty’s photo of the day #1920: Pelican, ready for take-off.

Hot tub Martyman

Hot tub Martyman

Marty’s photo of the day #1919: I had a great time performing my show at Western Washington University last night. Since it was a late night show, I headed straight for my hotel room afterwards. The room was a deluxe suite, with a hot tub, and since it had only a single king bed, Martyman […]

Happy Birthday Bruce Springsteen & Deb Essen!

Happy Birthday Bruce Springsteen & Deb Essen!

Marty’s photo of the day #1918: Happy Birthday to Deb Essen and Bruce Springsteen! Bruce (rock star) turns 67 today, and Deb (weaving star) turns 39 again today. Also born on this day are Ray Charles (soul star), Jason Alexander (TV star), Ani DiFranco (indie rock star), Rachael Yamagata (not quite a star), Mickey Rooney […]

Happy Birthday Joan Jett!

Happy Birthday Joan Jett!

Marty’s photo of the day #1917: Happy Birthday to Joan Jett! If you want to know how old Joan is, I’ll give you a hint—she’s one day older than my wife, Deb. And tomorrow is both Deb’s and Bruce Springsteen’s birthday. My boss is quite a bit younger than The Boss, but obviously if you […]

Instant diagnose for Parkinson’s disease!

Instant diagnose for Parkinson’s disease!

If there is one good takeaway from Trump Voters/Hillary Haters, it’s that we never knew just how many people in America could diagnose Parkinson’s disease from merely looking at a video. Just think how much money people can save on doctor’s visits! If you’re worried you may have Parkinson’s, post a video on-line and literally […]

Bighorn Sheep

Bighorn Sheep

Marty’s photo of the day #1916: Here’s another shot from our August road trip. We found this bighorn sheep (and many others) in southeastern Idaho.

In-flight bird photography

In-flight bird photography

Marty’s photo of the day #1915: I’m still going through all my photos from Deb’s and my visit to Antelope Island last month. My favorite bird photos are the in-flight ones, as they are a challenge to get in focus, and only look cool if you are level with the bird or looking down on […]

The looks we get!

The looks we get!

Marty’s photo of the day #1914: We discourage our dogs from hanging their heads out the car window when we drive. The dogs seem to understand. But Martyman? There’s no stopping him. And you should see the looks other drivers give us! It’s so embarrassing. I’m still pissed at Deb for showing Martyman how to […]

Reflective birding

Reflective birding

Marty’s photo of the day #1913: I’m still going through all the photos from Deb’s and my road trip last month. This black-necked stilt caught my eye this morning.

Trump plants the assassination seed, twice

Trump plants the assassination seed, twice

You probably already know that yesterday, for the second time, Donald Trump insinuated that Hillary Clinton should be assassinated. Here are Trump’s exact words: “I think that her bodyguards should drop all weapons. They should disarm, right? Take their guns away, she doesn’t want guns. Take their—and let’s see what happens to her. Take their […]

Can you guess what this is?

Can you guess what this is?

Marty’s photo of the day #1912: Some of my favorite nature photos are those that you don’t know what the subject is until someone tells you what you are looking at. On a blog, it’s hard to hide the answer, but I am going to try by adding a completely unrelated sequence of words to […]

One for the basket

One for the basket

Marty’s photo of the day #1911: I took this photo at the concert Deb and I attended last month. Since the concert was in Salt Lake City, observing and listening to the people around us was a unique experience. Being that we were at a rock and roll show, I didn’t expect exaggerated Mormon stereotypes. […]

Yes, I married my wife while in kindergarden

Yes, I married my wife while in kindergarden

Marty’s photo of the day #1910: I was just five-years-old when Deb and I got married. But when you’re five and you get to marry someone who is eight-years-old, you go for it. She made me the big man in kindergarten—and frankly having a tomboy third grader watching out for me came in handy many […]

Photographic Oops!

Photographic Oops!

Marty’s photo of the day #1909: Here’s another of my favorite bird photos from Deb’s and my late-August Rock and Roll Road trip. But believe it or not, I actually screwed up on the shot. The evening before, I was on Antelope Island, photographing giant mule deer in late twilight. To get those shots, I […]

Bird superpowers

Bird superpowers

Marty’s photo of the day #1908: Here’s another of my favorite bird photos from our Rock and Roll Road trip in late August. On the left is a black-necked stilt, and on the right is an American avocet. Black-necked stilts are second, only to flamingos, for the bird species with the longest legs in proportion […]

Synchronized flying

Synchronized flying

  Marty’s photo of the day #1907: One of my favorite experiences from two weeks ago, in Utah, was watching hundreds of Wilson’s phalaropes demonstrating synchronized flying. It was amazing to watch. How did they avoid colliding with each other? This photo captures a small section of the flock, but it doesn’t capture the loud […]

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