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

Humpbacks hiding in plain sight

Humpbacks hiding in plain sight

Marty’s photo of the day #3990: Most people will scroll past this photo, not realizing what they are missing. It’s more than just the coast of Antarctica. If you look closely, you will see two humpback whales (the tail of one and the humpback of another).

Rainbow boa baby

Rainbow boa baby

Marty’s photo of the day #3989: My rainbow boas, Adam and Eve, are both seven-feet-long and twenty-one years old. This is one of their babies from ten years ago. Adam and Eve now live in separate terrariums, because Adam goes into Catholic priest mode whenever he’s with Eve, and they’ve had quite enough babies for […]

Peacocks in Montana

Peacocks in Montana

Marty’s photo of the day #3988: Peacocks are not native to Montana, but they sure do well here. For fifteen or more years, Deb and I have enjoyed catching glimpses of the elusive peacocks that live in the Essen Wildlife Refuge that surrounds our house. And each year we collect the feathers they leave behind.

A pack of African painted dogs

A pack of African painted dogs

Marty’s photo of the day #3987: There are only 3,500 African painted dogs left in the world, and 700 of them live in Zimbabwe. Deb and I got to watch a pack of 18 dogs, when we hiked across Mana Pools National Park. I took this photo after the painted dogs had been watching us […]

Camp Desolation

Camp Desolation

Marty’s photo of the day #3986: When Deb and I canoed across the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, campsites became less and less desirable as we neared the Arctic Ocean. This one was my least favorite. We called it Camp Desolation, because it featured little more than hard, rocky ground and biting wind off the Arctic […]

Zebras travel in . . .

Zebras travel in . . .

Marty’s photo of the day #3985: Zebras travel in “herds,” but perhaps a more accurate term would be “clusters.” (Photographed while hiking in Zimbabwe)

Serviceberries

Serviceberries

Marty’s photo of the day #3984: If I look out my second floor writing room window, the land drops into a forest of lodgepole pine, ponderosa pine, and serviceberry bushes. The serviceberry bushes are in full-bloom, but to properly appreciate the scene in a photograph, the photo would have to be much larger than a […]

The first toad of spring

The first toad of spring

Marty’s photo of the day #3983: This shot is from yesterday. My first toad spotting of the spring. She was so small—and look at those nails on her “hand.” (Photographed on the Essen Wildlife Refuge in Montana)

Not so exotic

Not so exotic

Marty’s photo of the day #3982: If you follow my posts, you know that I often post pictures of exotic animals I have photographed all over the world. Today is dedicated to one of the least exotic animals I’ve photographed. But she’s soooooo cute! (Photographed on the Essen Wildlife Refuge in Montana)

The elephant and the tree

The elephant and the tree

Marty’s photo of the day #3981: A great old elephant next to a great old tree. Photographed while backpacking across Mana Pools National Park in Zimbabwe.

Outback caves

Outback caves

Marty’s photo of the day #3980: I took this photo while looking for Children’s pythons in the outback of Queensland, Australia. The pythons were better at hiding than I was at searching, but the colorful caves helped to brighten an unsuccessful search.

From the island of Borneo

From the island of Borneo

Marty’s photo of the day #3979: A fierce-looking, but harmless stick insect, photographed on the island of Borneo.

Whip-scorpion photo shoot

Whip-scorpion photo shoot

Marty’s photo of the day #3978: For the cover of the first edition of my first book, Cool Creatures, Hot Planet: Exploring the Seven Continents, my wife, Deb, took over two hundred photos of me with tailless whip-scorpions crawling up my face. Even though we switched covers after the first edition sold out, traveling back […]

Leaf-mimic katydid

Leaf-mimic katydid

Marty’s photo of the day #3977: Leaf-mimic katydid, photographed in the Amazon Rainforest of Peru.

Second chance concerts

Second chance concerts

Marty’s photo of the day #3976: Deb and I had tickets to see Halestorm and Evanescence in Portland, Oregon on November 5, 2021, but it was an indoor concert and the COVID-19 pandemic was in the midst of yet another surge. So we chickened out and reluctantly sold our tickets. This summer, we get another […]

Sunset in Costa Rica

Sunset in Costa Rica

Mother’s Day Moose

Mother’s Day Moose

Marty’s photo of the day #3974: Happy Mother’s Day! (Photographed on the Essen Wildlife Refuge, in the Bitterroot Valley of Montana)

Q for the MAGA crowd

Q for the MAGA crowd

Marty’s photo of the day #3973: “So tell me. How does refusing to do your part to stop the spread of COVID-19, burning books, pushing white-supremacy, disavowing American history, denying climate change, and taking away women’s rights Make America Great Again?”

Cold weather frog

Cold weather frog

Marty’s photo of the day #3972: I photographed this frog two years ago in western Montana. I consulted multiple frog identification sources and never came up with a perfect match. That said, I’m going to go with “northern leopard frog” and assume the slight differences are due to the cold weather and how early in […]

Sea of Cortez sunset

Sea of Cortez sunset

Marty’s photo of the day #3971: Sunset at a cove, along the Sea of Cortez in Mexico.

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