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

Two elephants

Two elephants

Marty’s photo of the day #3821: Here are two elephants, photographed while hiking across Mana Pools National Park in Zimbabwe.

The best way to do Europe

The best way to do Europe

Marty’s photo of the day #3820: When Deb and I traveled to Europe for my first book, “Cool Creatures, Hot Planet: Exploring the Seven Continents,” we had no GPS, no cell phones, no hotel reservations, and no plans at all other than to meet a friend mid-trip in Switzerland for two days. We started in […]

The only boots that have walked . . .

The only boots that have walked . . .

These are my 24-year-old Danner boots. Although I can’t prove it, they are quite likely the only boots in the world that have walked on all seven continents. At the very least, they are the only boots in the world that have walked on all seven continents and survived a hippo attack. Because these boots […]

Sacked!

Sacked!

Marty’s photo of the day #3819: A sacked castle in Spain.

Brandt’s cormorant

Brandt’s cormorant

Marty’s photo of the day #3818: Here is a Brandt’s cormorant that I photographed in the Sea of Cortez (Mexico).

The Thanksgiving Yak

The Thanksgiving Yak

Marty’s photo of the day #3817: Today I present the Thanksgiving Yak. May this yak put a smile on your face at dinner today, when your right-wing aunt or uncle starts yakking about how Derek Chauvin is innocent, Kyle Rittenhouse is a hero, COVID-19 shots change your DNA, Joe Biden is a senile-Satanist-communist, and Donald […]

A raft of sea lions

A raft of sea lions

Marty’s photo of the day #3816: Swimming with a raft of sea lions in the Sea of Cortez. There are eleven, possibly twelve sea lions in this photo.

Why we don’t pre-plan

Why we don’t pre-plan

Marty’s photo of the day #3815: The other night, my wife, Deb, and I were talking about the different ways people travel. While some of our adventures, like to Antarctica, were only practical with guides, many of our best adventures happened when nothing was pre-planned. Many people go to places, like Spain, on trips where […]

After midnight in ANWR

After midnight in ANWR

Marty’s photo of the day #3814: I took this photo after midnight, in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (there was 24 hours of sunlight in June). Deb and I had canoed thirty-five miles across the refuge, and here the Jago River is a couple hundred yards from entering the Arctic Ocean (to my back in […]

Hangin’ with an orangutan

Hangin’ with an orangutan

Marty’s photo of the day #3813: Hangin’ out with an orangutan on the island of Borneo.

The Cloud House

The Cloud House

Marty’s photo of the day #3812: Deb and I call our house “the tree house,” because it is located at 4,000 feet, in the trees, at the edge of the mountains. I took this photo yesterday on our evening property-hike. On a clear day, you would see mountains directly ahead, but yesterday we were quite […]

Flamingos

Flamingos

Marty’s photo of the day #3812: Flamingos along the coast of Southern France in 2003. Deep mud prevented me from getting close enough for a high-quality shot with the “early digital” camera I had with me at the time. Perhaps someday, I’ll make it back with far-superior gear I use now.

From a Borneo Night Hike

From a Borneo Night Hike

Marty’s photo of the day #3811: Night hikes in rainforests always bring out creatures that make you say, “What the fuck is that!” This is a long-legged centipede, photographed on a Borneo night hike.

Nellie in the grass

Nellie in the grass

Marty’s photo of the day #3811: Nellie helps me look for snakes in the tall grass, at the American Prairie Reserve, earlier this summer.

Antarctica humpback whale

Antarctica humpback whale

Marty’s photo of the day #3810: Enjoying a humpback whale along the coast of Antarctica.

Marty Essen signed book special!

Marty Essen signed book special!

Signed books make great holiday gifts! Beginning today, I am offering a signed book special. Here are the prices: Cool Creatures, Hot Planet: Exploring the Seven Continents: $19.95 Endangered Edens: Exploring the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Costa Rica, the Everglades, and Puerto Rico: $19.95 Time Is Irreverent: $14.95 Time Is Irreverent 2: Jesus Christ, Not […]

Nellie and the elk

Nellie and the elk

Marty’s photo of the day #3809: My dog, Nellie, gets credit for this shot. Yesterday I took her outside for a pee break and she immediately sniffed the air and charged into the woods. I assumed it was just her five-times-daily inventory of trees containing squirrels, but then she barked and froze. Just ahead of […]

French frogs

French frogs

Marty’s photo of the day #3808: French frogs! I took this photo at Parc Naturel Régional de Camargue in France. To get into position for this photo, I have my camera in one hand and am leaning over a ditch. My wife, Deb, is my counterweight, holding onto my other hand and pulling with all […]

View from my writing room

View from my writing room

Marty’s photo of the day #3807: After spending most of this week on a college speaking tour and yesterday catching up on office work, I settled into my red writing room this morning, eager to get back to work on my latest novel. This is the view that greeted me as I sat down. Some […]

A pair of badgers

A pair of badgers

Marty’s photo of the day #3806: Badgers, photographed in the Bitterroot Valley of Montana.

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