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 December, 2015

To kill a vacuum cleaner

To kill a vacuum cleaner

I never write about or endorse products (except my new book, Endangered Edens, which is great and everyone should buy right now), but I have to tell you how excited I am about my new vacuum cleaner. Yes, I may be an outdoor adventurer, who has canoed to the Arctic Ocean, swam with piranhas, and […]

Red Rocks and Snow

Red Rocks and Snow

Marty’s photo of the day #1662: A few years ago, one of my college speaking tours took me through Arizona. Snow was the last thing I expected driving toward Sedona, but the flurries added a nice accent to the red rocks in the background.

Spring means baby bison!

Spring means baby bison!

Marty’s photo of the day #1661: When you live in an area with four distinct seasons, like Montana, there are reasons to love every season. Still, sometimes, we have to complain about the current season and yearn for the next. For those already looking forward to the end of winter, I present a photo that […]

Baby Orangutans

Baby Orangutans

Marty’s photo of the day #1660: I came across these two young orangutans at Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitation Centre in northern Borneo. The orangutans had escaped from their caretakers. Now that they were free, they were unsure if freedom was such a good thing. It’s a big bad world out there!

Who says girls are afraid of snakes?

Who says girls are afraid of snakes?

Marty’s photos of the day #1658: My granddaughter, Fiona, (age 12) and my oldest rainbow boa, Eve, (age 14) have grown up together. For years I have been photographing the two—half-seriously suggesting that eventually I get to photograph them together for Fiona’s official high school and college graduation pictures. So when Fiona and family visited […]

Star Wars or Star Trek? Beatles or the Rolling Stones?

Star Wars or Star Trek? Beatles or the Rolling Stones?

The Beatles or the Rolling Stones? For me, it’s always been the Rolling Stones. Star Trek or Star Wars? For me, it’s always been Star Trek. I know I’m in the minority on this, but I’ve never found the Star Wars movies to be as compelling as Star Trek (either the movies or the various […]

Montana by moonlight

Montana by moonlight

Marty’s photo of the day #1657: After everyone left, on Christmas Eve, Deb and I went on a nighttime walk. We live in the woods, at the edge of the mountains—so no city lights interfered with the moonlight reflecting off the freshly fallen snow. Everything was so bright; we didn’t need a flashlight to see where […]

Fun on the Amazon River

Fun on the Amazon River

Marty’s photo of the day #1655: Fun on the Amazon River! Two Yagua boys race to meet the wake of our boat. And if they hit it just right, they’ll capsize and come up laughing.  

Trump never made it past potty training

Trump never made it past potty training

You’ve probably seen the stories about Donald Trump finding it disgusting that Hillary Clinton went to the bathroom during a commercial break at the most recent debate and making it back to the stage a little late. If not, here’s what Trump said: “I know where she went. It’s disgusting. I don’t want to talk […]

Marine Toad

Marine Toad

Marty’s photo of the day #1654: This is a marine toad—the world’s largest species of toad. In the Amazon Rainforest, where I took this photo, they are an indigenous species—and king of all they survey. Unfortunately, these toads were imported to Australia, where they have become an environmental hazard. In the Amazon would-be predators know […]

Molting Elephant Seal

Molting Elephant Seal

Marty’s photo of the day #1653: This is a molting female elephant seal (photographed on just off the coast of Antarctica).

Got any nuts?

Got any nuts?

Marty’s photo of the day #1652: “Got any nuts?”

A Well Regulated Malitia

A Well Regulated Malitia

Marty’s photo of the day #1651: Men in Iquitos, Peru, demonstrating what a Well Regulated Militia actually looks like. Note the lack of paranoid pot-bellied men carrying misspelled signs.

Leaf-mimic mantis

Leaf-mimic mantis

Marty’s photo of the day #1650: This is a leaf-mimic mantis from the Amazon Rainforest in Peru.

Yellow-billed Stork

Yellow-billed Stork

Marty’s photo of the day #1639: This was my favorite birds from our hike across Mana Pools National Park in Zimbabwe: a yellow-billed stork.

Borneo Flower

Borneo Flower

Marty’s photo of the day #1638: Here’s another of my flower photos from the island of Borneo.

Borneo Flower

Borneo Flower

Marty’s photo of the day #1637: Photographed after a brief rainstorm on the island of Borneo.

Old Bull Elephant

Old Bull Elephant

Marty’s photo of the day #1636: When Deb and I hiked 53 miles across Mana Pools National Park, in Zimbabwe, our guide kept us very close. But toward the end of the journey, he let me get away with a short hike out on my own. It was then that I encountered this big old […]

The Amazon Rainforest During the Rainy Season

The Amazon Rainforest During the Rainy Season

Marty’s photo of the day #1635: When I tell people what the Amazon Rainforest is like during the rainy season, they have a tough time imagining it. This photo should help. Here, during the dry season, this father and daughter would be traveling on foot, not by canoe.

Borneo Bridal Suite

Borneo Bridal Suite

  Marty’s photo of the day #1634: Those who have read my first book, Cool Creatures, Hot Planet, know all about this photo. Deb and I were backpacking somewhere in the middle of Borneo with a guide from the legendary—but reformed—headhunting tribe, the Iban. Halfway through our expedition, our guide passed us off to a […]

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