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

A jaguar . . . really close

A jaguar . . . really close

Marty’s photo of the day #2278: I bet you’ve never seen a jaguar this close before. And those who know me, know that I don’t photograph dead animals—unless it’s for political/journalist purposes. This jaguar is most definitely alive. . . . Okay, he was at the Belize zoo, which is one of the most unique, […]

Trump didn’t go rogue!

Trump didn’t go rogue!

It is unacceptable for Trump’s staff, Republican politicians, or Trump voters to say “Trump went rogue” on Tuesday, when he equated Nazi white supremacists with people protesting white supremacists. Trump didn’t go rogue. He went modus operandi! No one who paid enough attention to the presidential campaign to vote should be surprised by even one […]

Borneo Tree Frog

Borneo Tree Frog

Marty’s photo of the day #2277: This is an unidentified green tree frog that I photographed while backpacking deep in Borneo’s rainforest.

Right-Wingers: Just be consistent!

Right-Wingers: Just be consistent!

Because I write liberal newspaper guest columns, right-wingers frequently criticize me in follow-up letters to the editor. I don’t have a problem with their letters. After all, I got to say my side; it’s only fair they get to respond. That being said, I find it amusing that by far their most frequent criticism of […]

Woman rock on guitar!

Woman rock on guitar!

Marty’s photo of the day #2276: Rock and roll is generally a liberal form of music. Even so, when it comes to guitarists, there is still quite a bit of sexism, as women seldom get the credit they deserve for their ability to play their instruments. I, being a non-sexist kind of guy, insist on […]

What Obama and Trump won’t say

What Obama and Trump won’t say

Barack Obama wouldn’t say “Radical Islamic Terrorist,” for fear of offending 1.6 billion innocent people. Donald Trump won’t say “White Supremacist Terrorist,” for fear of offending a huge chunk of his voter base. See? Democrats and Republicans aren’t all that different from each other.  

Pat Benatar 36 years later

Pat Benatar 36 years later

Marty’s photo of the day #2275: I saw Pat Benatar at the Saint Paul Civic Center in 1981. My opinion back then was that she was better on record than she was on stage. Not that she sucked or anything. She just wasn’t exciting live. I would have never gone to a Pat Benatar concert […]

Yes, let’s do remember who elected Trump

Yes, let’s do remember who elected Trump

“I would recommend you take a good look in the mirror & remember it was White Americans who put you in the presidency, not radical leftists.” —David Duke, responding to Donald Trump’s call for unity Hmmm . . . While I don’t think standing up for civil rights, health care for all, and protecting the […]

The concert bucket list

The concert bucket list

Marty’s photo of the day #2274: During the past year, I have been working hard at checking off artists on my concert bucket list. Three of those acts included Joan Jett, Garbage, and Melissa Etheridge. One thing all three had in common was that they performed outdoors on equal bills with other acts. Despite the […]

And Little Donny—if you’re a really good boy, you can take a big girl shower!

And Little Donny—if you’re a really good boy, you can take a big girl shower!

Oh, great! Little Donny has just threatened Venezuela. That makes two countries threatened in a single week. Please Melania! This is your opportunity to be the most important First Lady ever. Let Little Donny dress up like a toddler, change his diaper, spank him, and tell him “only big boys get to play with the […]

Fred the Eyelash Viper

Fred the Eyelash Viper

Marty’s photo of the day #2273: This is Fred, the baby eyelash viper that lived on a large leaf next to our cabana, in Costa Rica. He kept us company for the entire week we were there, and didn’t seem to mind us greeting him each time we walked by.

Jesus Christ Lizard

Jesus Christ Lizard

Marty’s photo of the day #2272: This is a Jesus Christ lizard, named for its ability to run across small ponds and rivers. This one, however, is probably too big to do the trick. Running on water is for the young. (Photographed in Costa Rica)

The BP Butterfly

The BP Butterfly

Marty’s photo of the day #2271: This is one of the most unusual butterflies I have ever photographed. Has BP genetically modified butterflies to advertise their brand? Or instead of BP, is that an 89 on the insect’s wings? If so, what does it mean? Perhaps it’s a warning to us that 89 percent of […]

Republicans, this sunset is for you!

Republicans, this sunset is for you!

Marty’s photo of the day #2270: Ever since Ronald Reagan ripped the solar panels off the White House, Republicans have been viciously fighting environmental regulations and denying global warming. This has resulted in more than 30 years of lost progress the United States could have made in solving our climate change crisis. Here in Montana, […]

Yellow-bellied marmots

Yellow-bellied marmots

Marty’s photo of the day #2269: A family of yellow-bellied marmots lived on a rocky hill, just behind a cabin we rented this past weekend (a little south of Rapid City, SD). They were loads of fun to watch, and bigger than expected.

They want to shoot you!

They want to shoot you!

Sometimes I forget that being the most outspoken liberal in the ultra-conservative Bitterroot Valley of Montana puts me on the Republican’s Most Hated List. For years I have been getting into the face of conservatives via my guest columns in the Missoulian, Ravalli Republic, and Bitterroot Star newspapers. This has generated some hate mail and […]

Yak close-up

Yak close-up

Marty’s photo of the day #2268: I contend that yaks are what you get if you cross a cow with a musk ox and a horse (they have beautiful horse-like tails). A friend of mine disagrees and thinks “llama” should replace ”cow” in the combination. She may be correct, but either way, yaks are unusual […]

Cow+Musk Ox+Horse=Yak

Cow+Musk Ox+Horse=Yak

Marty’s photo of the day #2267: I’m posting this photo while travelling across eastern Montana, on my way home. Deb is driving. For the last few days she and I have been staying at Yak Ridge Cabins, a little south of Rapid City. The reason for the trip was the 60th wedding anniversary for her […]

Katydid

Katydid

Marty’s photo of the day #2266: I photographed this Katydid in Costa Rica. You can find this katydid, as well as several other unusual katydids, in my second book, “Endangered Edens: Exploring the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Costa Rica, the Everglades, and Puerto Rico.”

Everglades Grasshopper

Everglades Grasshopper

Marty’s photo of the day #2265: Hmmm . . . what can I say about this guy? He liked to eat plants and jump around a lot. Oh, and he liked the Kung Fu TV series too. (Photographed in the Everglades)

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