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 October, 2015

Seba’s Short-Tailed Bats

Seba’s Short-Tailed Bats

Marty’s photo of the day #1593: It’s Halloween, so of course we have to have bats. When Deb and I were in Costa Rica, we hiked out to a tiny abandoned farmhouse in the rainforest. It was filled with bats. Photographing the bats was difficult, because I didn’t have any light to help with the […]

Baby Howler Monkey

Baby Howler Monkey

Marty’s photo of the day #1592: I photographed this baby howler monkey in Costa Rica. This shot wasn’t quite good enough to make my new book, Endangered Edens, but another photo of the same baby did make it. I love his ET-like fingers!  

Borneo Walking Stick

Borneo Walking Stick

Marty’s photo of the day #1591: This is an extreme close-up of a walking stick I photographed in Borneo. He looks fierce, but he’s actually quite harmless.

This book will make you care about something you never thought you’d care about.

This book will make you care about something you never thought you’d care about.

Many years ago, when I was researching my first book, Cool Creatures, Hot Planet, I read Sy Montgomery’s Journey of the Pink Dolphins. I loved that book but hadn’t gotten around to reading another one of her books until now. When I first started reading The Soul of an Octopus I couldn’t put it down. […]

Eyeball Fungi

Eyeball Fungi

Marty’s photo of the day #1591: Here’s a photo from my backpacking trip in Borneo. This is eyeball fungi. According to my guide (from the Iban tribe), this is edible. We didn’t eat it, however.

Baby Badger

Baby Badger

Marty’s photo of the day #1590: I photographed this baby badger near my home, in Montana’s Bitterroot Valley.  

The official Endangered Edens book trailer

The official Endangered Edens book trailer

Please watch and share the trailer for my new book! Oh, and be sure turn up the volume on your speakers to hear Callie MaRae’s beautiful vocals:  

The Bluebird of . . .

The Bluebird of . . .

Marty’s photo of the day #1589: The bluebird of yeah I feel pretty good; certainly not sad; I’m pretty content with life; you might even say cheerful; I’ve actually flown to cloud nine and it was okay; but I wouldn’t go as far as ecstatic; I mean how excited can one be when your diet […]

Coo loo coo coo, coo coo coo coo!

Coo loo coo coo, coo coo coo coo!

Marty’s photo of the day #1588: Canada is back! Eh? In honor of Canada overwhelmingly rejecting their nine-year experiment with conservatism and electing Justin Trudeau of the Liberal Party to be their next Prime Minister, I thought a Canada photo would be appropriate. Besides, Stephen Harper was such a hoser! Okay this is the Porcupine […]

Elephant in Zimbabwe

Elephant in Zimbabwe

Marty’s photo of the day #1585: I photographed this muddy elephant while hiking in Zimbabwe, several years ago.

Amazon Tree Boa

Amazon Tree Boa

Marty’s photo of the day #1584: I haven’t posted a snake picture for quite a while. This Amazon tree boa photo is actually framed on a wall in my house. It’s one of my favorites from my most recent visit to the Amazon rainforest.

Canada Lynx

Canada Lynx

Marty’s photo of the day #1583: This week my internal clock is running twenty minutes late. I never set an alarm, because I usually wake up at exactly 6:15 each morning, giving me time to go on my bike ride, do my usual morning stuff, and be in my home-office by 8:00. I’d set an […]

The GOP thinks this is patriotic?

The GOP thinks this is patriotic?

So I have to hand it to my local newspaper, the Ravalli Republic. I live in Ravalli County, one of the most conservative counties in Montana. When I saw that the Ravalli Republic’s top story today was “Lt. Col. Allen West to speak at GOP fundraiser,” I was initially a little pissed. The story appeared […]

I loved the Democratic Debate

I loved the Democratic Debate

I loved the Democratic debate last night. It was such a breath of fresh air to see candidates actually talk about real issues rather than anger-inducing, manufactured issues, like those generated by Republican candidates. Of the minor candidates, Lincoln Chafee would get killed in the general election—so it’s time for him to go. Jim Webb […]

Long-eared owl

Long-eared owl

Marty’s photo of the day #1582: I’m running behind today, and was unprepared for my photo of the day. Let’s see . . . how about something from my long-eared owl collection?

Spanish Ibex

Spanish Ibex

Marty’s photo of the day #1581: I haven’t posted any Europe photos for a while, so here’s a Spanish ibex. Once a plentiful species, they are now IUCN classified as “near threatened.” As with so many other animals, human activities are responsible for their peril. In this instance, overhunting has reduced ibex numbers to fewer […]

Anole Lizard

Anole Lizard

Marty’s photo of the day #1579: Here’s another photo from my hike through Werner-Boyce Salt Springs State Park in Florida four days ago. As anyone who has seen my college show knows, I spend a bit of time talking about the importance of stopping to watch the little things. Anole lizards are so common in […]

The entire Last Chance to See “trilogy” is excellent

The entire Last Chance to See “trilogy” is excellent

Over a period of two months, I read the original Last Chance to See book, read the Last Chance to See follow-up book, and then watched the Last Chance to See DVD. Much of what I said in my previous review of Last Chance to See, by Douglas Adams and Mark Carwardine, applies to this review […]

Viceroy Butterfly

Viceroy Butterfly

Marty’s photo of the day #1578: I photographed this viceroy butterfly two days ago while hiking in Werner-Boyce Salt Springs State Park in Florida three days ago. I was so surprised it turned out, as I had only a split-second to set up the shot before the butterfly flew away. Viceroy butterflies are considered monarch […]

A New Generation Needs to Read This

A New Generation Needs to Read This

I was thrilled to see the classic Never Cry Wolf finally become available on Kindle. Writing a detailed review of a book that was published in 1963, however, is not the best use of one’s time. What could I say that hasn’t been said before? So instead of a review, I offer a few observations: […]

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