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

Monthly archives for August, 2015

The cutest bear in Montana

The cutest bear in Montana

Marty’s photo of the day #1540: I don’t own a smartphone—partially because we built offices into our rural mountainside house, making laptops more practical than cell phones; partially because I have the old fashioned belief that real photographers take pictures with cameras, not phones; and, perhaps most importantly, if I did have one, I could […]

The GOP: obstructing progress on global warming for more than 30 years

The GOP: obstructing progress on global warming for more than 30 years

I took this photograph of the Bear Glacier in 2003. This glacier is located in British Columbia, near Hyder, Alaska. Before posting, I did a search and looked at both current and past photos of this glacier. The changes are dramatic—and sad. Back in 2003, I was ranting about the lake that wasn’t there 50 […]

If we’d only listened to the great deity of the sewer: the NRA

If we’d only listened to the great deity of the sewer: the NRA

Another day; another mass shooting.  But don’t worry gun owners. You’ll still be able to acquire all the firepower you need more easily than you can get a driver’s license. Because here in America we value your hobby (and your insecurities) more than we value lives. And despite the fact that countries like Australia have […]

Danger! Danger! Well, sort of danger,

Danger! Danger! Well, sort of danger,

Marty’s photo of the day #1531: Here’s another photo from Antarctica. A short except from my book, “Cool Creatures, Hot Planet,” explains this shot: We continued along the outcrop until we reached four more fur seals. The handsome pinnipeds watched us for a few minutes before breaking into a sparring match. They chased each other […]

Peacock Feather

Peacock Feather

Marty’s photo of the day #1526: One of the most destructive things humans do is transport animals to areas where they are not native and release them. Sometimes we do it unintentionally—such as rats coming off ships and devastating the indigenous animals on islands; sometimes we do it intentionally, such as releasing cane toads in […]

Heads will explode

Heads will explode

I haven’t spoken out yet about who I would rather have as the Democratic presidential nominee. Although I’d love to see Bernie Sanders as president, I will ultimately support whatever Democrat runs against Donald Trump (no, I don’t think he’ll fade as the media predicts). One sure thing is that if Hillary Clinton becomes our […]

Still relevant after all these years

Still relevant after all these years

I normally wouldn’t review a twenty-five-year-old book, but since Last Chance to See is just as relevant today as it was in 1990, some words are warranted. Also, being an author myself, who writes similar humor-infused, ecologically-minded travel books, I must say that from now on Douglas Adams will be the writer I most aspire […]

The longest land migration in action

The longest land migration in action

Marty’s photo of the day #1521: You are looking at more than just a pretty landscape. If you look closely, you will see what appears to be a long string of dots. Those are members of the Porcupine caribou herd. This herd partakes in the longest migration of any land animal on earth: 700+ miles. […]

Humans, chimps, and orangutans

Humans, chimps, and orangutans

Marty’s photo of the day #1520: I just finished reading “Last Chance to See” by Douglas Adams. It was one of the best books I’ve ever read. Since it’s in my field, I don’t know how it escaped my reading list for so long. This photo I took of an orangutan in Borneo brings to […]

A letter to the grave

A letter to the grave

Annie, my white Labrador retriever, was the best dog I’ve ever had. Those who have read the Afterword of my first book know all about her. Annie stayed by my side for the entire 12,000 hours it took me to write Cool Creatures, Hot Planet and died of cancer on the day I finished the […]

Cecil the lion leads the way to social change

Cecil the lion leads the way to social change

After Walter Palmer killed Cecil the lion, people around the world collectively expressed their outrage, and as a result, trophy hunting will never be the same. Seldom has activism produced such quick results. In fact, more than a dozen airlines promptly banned the transport of animal trophies on their aircraft. Now comes the flow of […]

Voters: here’s what blind patriotism gets you

Voters: here’s what blind patriotism gets you

I live in Montana, so I sent my state’s only congressman, Republican Ryan Zinke, an email, asking him to support President Obama’s nuclear agreement with Iran. He responded by saying, “I have vehemently opposed the President’s negotiations since day one. Now that the plan has been sent to Congress, I will do everything possible to […]

Donald Trump Jr. isn’t man enough to hunt with a camera

Donald Trump Jr. isn’t man enough to hunt with a camera

Marty’s photo of the day #1512: Have you seen the picture of Donald Trump Jr., standing next to the elephant he killed? He’s posing with the elephant’s tail (that he cut-off) in one hand and his knife in the other—positioned in such a way that the knife simulates the erection he only wishes he could […]

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