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

The backyard lynx

The backyard lynx

Marty’s photo of the day #3445: This is Cub, a lynx photographed in my backyard. Cub is a rescue animal, used by a friend of mine for educational programs in the schools. Cub was not some tame kitty cat, and getting him to pose for a photograph most definitely had to be his idea!

Signed Marty Essen Books!

Signed Marty Essen Books!

Avoid the Black Friday Crowds. Signed books make special gifts! For a limited time, I’m offering free U.S. shipping on all signed books and will also include a free signed copy of Endangered Edens with every purchase of two or more books. All books are Amazon #1 best-sellers in their respective categories. Here are the […]

World’s largest toad species

World’s largest toad species

Marty’s photo of the day #3444: This is a marine toad—the world’s largest toad species—photographed in Puerto Rico.

Thanksgiving Antarctica-style!

Thanksgiving Antarctica-style!

Marty’s photo of the day #3443: This year, we’ve all heard the importance of avoiding air-travel and having only a small gathering for Thanksgiving (here it’s just Deb, me, the snakes, and the dog). But one thing the media hasn’t warned us about is the importance of not eating Antarctica-style. So as a public service, […]

Thinking of alligators

Thinking of alligators

Marty’s photo of the day #3442: This morning I quite literally woke up thinking about alligators. Well, that and where the hell I’m going to go with the story in Time Is Irreverent 4, which I started writing yesterday. Anyway, alligators always seem to be getting the raw end of videos on Facebook and Twitter, […]

Camp Desolation

Camp Desolation

Marty’s photo of the day #3441: When Deb and I canoed across the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, we found some beautiful places to camp, but as we neared the Arctic Ocean those beautiful spots gave way to hard, barren ground. I named this spot “Camp Desolation.” Our tent is the blue one.

Dreaming of Canada

Dreaming of Canada

Marty’s photo of the day #3440: Deb and I keep talking about repeating our trip to the top of Canada. We couldn’t do it during the last several years, because our dogs were too old to come along. Now that we have our young Lab-mix, Nellie, the temptation to go again is even greater. She […]

The killer pelican

The killer pelican

Marty’s photo of the day #3439: The attack of the killer brown pelicans! I’m kind of pissed that I cut off the top of this pelican’s head, but humorous photos don’t need to be perfect. Photographed in Costa Rica.

Female hooded merganser

Female hooded merganser

Marty’s photo of the day #3438: This is a female hooded merganser, photographed in the Bitterroot Valley of Montana.

The end of navigable water

The end of navigable water

Marty’s photo of the day #3437: For those who have read my first book, Cool Creatures, Hot Planet: Exploring the Seven Continents, or have seen my college show, Around the World in 90 Minutes, this is the navigable end of the Batang AI River in Borneo. Here, Deb and I would get out of our […]

Hurry up Mom. We’re hungry!

Hurry up Mom. We’re hungry!

Marty’s photo of the day #3436: Juvenile badgers, waiting for mom to bring home breakfast. (Photographed in the Bitterroot Valley of Montana)

The Bluebird of . . .

The Bluebird of . . .

Marty’s photo of the day #3435: This is 2020, so I won’t call this the “Bluebird of Happiness.” How about the “Bluebird of Things are Finally Fucking Looking Up”? (Photographed in Wyoming)

An overdose of Zs

An overdose of Zs

Marty’s photo of the day #3434: Sunset on the Zambezi River in Zimbabwe. Well, technically, the sun is setting on the Zambia side of the Zambezi. I’m just standing in Zimbabwe. Okay, fine. We’ll call it “Sunset on the Zambezi River in Zambia.” I better stop now, the Z key on my computer isn’t used […]

Penguins and elephant seals

Penguins and elephant seals

Marty’s photo of the day #3432: Female elephant seals and gentoo penguins, photographed on a foggy day, on a tiny island, off the coast of Antarctica.

Mallard bumper cars

Mallard bumper cars

Marty’s photo of the day #3431: Mallard bumper cars. Photographed in Italy.

Hummingbird moth

Hummingbird moth

Marty’s photo of the day #3430: Hummingbird moth, photographed many summers ago, in Deb’s garden.

Sharp-shinned hawk (immature)

Sharp-shinned hawk (immature)

Marty’s photo of the day #3429: Here’s one of the many visitors to Deb’s and my front yard. I’m reasonably sure that it is a sharp-shinned hawk (immature), but I could be convinced otherwise.

I’m glad Trump survived COVID-19 to . . .

I’m glad Trump survived COVID-19 to . . .

I’m so glad Donald Trump survived COVID-19 to witness people around the world dancing in the streets over his defeat! He’s going to lose the Electoral College by 306 to 232 and the popular vote by over 5 million. People will remember his crybaby post-trouncing temper tantrum for as long as the United States exists, […]

My dog says. . . .

My dog says. . . .

Marty’s photo of the day #3428: I often post images of exotic animals I’ve photographed all over the world. Sometimes, however, a common backyard animal can be just as interesting—just ask my dog.

The impala photobomb

The impala photobomb

Marty’s photo of the day #3427: After several minutes of careful stalking, I finally got close enough to photograph this herd of zebras. Photobomb curtesy of an impala. (Photographed in Zimbabwe)

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