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, 2016

Nature Rocks!

Nature Rocks!

Marty’s photo of the day #1895: Deb and I are back from our four-day Rock and Roll Road trip. We had so much fun mixing nature travel with music travel! For nature, we explored Craters of the Moon National Monument in Idaho and Antelope Island and Farmington Bay Waterfowl Management Area in Utah. For music, […]

Joan Jett was here!

Joan Jett was here!

Marty’s photo of the day #1894: Deb and I had a great time seeing three members of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame last night: Cheap Trick, Joan Jett, and Heart. I will have more comments, but we are running late this morning, and we need to hurry back to Montana to pick up […]

Watch out for that cow!

Watch out for that cow!

From our Rock and Roll Road Trip: This morning Deb and I visited the Farmington Bay Waterfowl Management Area near Salt Lake City. We were walking down a narrow dirt road, with a variety of tall wetland plants on either side. We had the place to ourselves. Or so we thought! Soon we heard a […]

Gulls and Brine Flies

Gulls and Brine Flies

Marty’s photos of the day #1893-B: This morning, I have two more photos from Deb’s and my Rock and Roll Road Trip, both taken yesterday evening. Photo #2: Here’s one of the most interesting bird photos I have ever taken. Deb and I were on the causeway that crosses the Great Salt Lake out to […]

Who is really the most interesting?

Who is really the most interesting?

Marty’s photos of the day #1893-A: This morning, I have two more photos from Deb’s and my Rock and Roll Road Trip, both taken yesterday evening. Photo #1: Last night Deb and I took Martyman to a nice Mexican restaurant outside of Salt Lake City. Martyman quickly downed a Corona and then two Dos Equis […]

The Most Interesting Action Figure in the World

The Most Interesting Action Figure in the World

From our Rock and Roll Road Trip: You never know what’s going to happen when you let Martyman out in public. Tonight, Martyman joined Deb and me at a Mexican Restaurant a little outside of Salt Lake City. The food was excellent, but Martyman headed straight for the Mexican beer. He started with a Corona […]

The Bighorn Sheep Cliffhanger

The Bighorn Sheep Cliffhanger

Marty’s photos of the day #1892: Today I have two photos from Deb’s and my Rock and Roll Road Trip, both taken in southern Idaho. The first is Martyman, re-creating another famous movie scene (that seems to be his theme this trip). In this shot he thinks he’s Sylvester Stallone in Cliffhanger. The second is […]

Road Trip!

Road Trip!

Marty’s photo of the day #1891: Road trip! Deb and I are on our way to Salt Lake City (eight hours south of us). Planning this trip started spontaneously. Having spent many years as both a radio DJ and a music talent manager, I have been lucky in that I’ve seen every musical act on […]

What do you see?

What do you see?

Marty’s photo of the day #1890: I photographed this formation several years ago in Petrified Forest National Park. This is one of those rock formations that is in the eye of the beholder. Is a duck? Is it a turtle? Or does your mind immediately go into the gutter?

Martyman drives!

Martyman drives!

Marty’s photo of the day #1889: Deb, Martyman, and I are heading on a four-day rock and roll road trip. On Saturday, we will be driving eight hours south, to Salt Lake City, to see Cheap Trick, Joan Jett, and Heart. When we told Martyman that we were going to see a concert featuring three […]

Deb and the mullein plant . . . and bears?

Deb and the mullein plant . . . and bears?

Marty’s photo of the day #1888: Deb poses with a tall mullein plant, while Bella stands guard, in case a mountain lion or bear attacks. Okay, Bella was most likely looking for squirrels, but that doesn’t sound nearly as exciting. (Photographed this past Sunday at our new secret spot—located five miles from our house.)

The turkey vulture and the big sneeze

The turkey vulture and the big sneeze

Marty’s photo of the day #1887: I photographed this turkey vulture Sunday night at Deb’s and my new secret spot. Funny story: Because we were in an area frequented by bears, and the huckleberries were at their peak, I was constantly on the lookout to make sure we didn’t surprise anyone. When I spotted the […]

Our secret spot, pt 2

Our secret spot, pt 2

Marty’s photo of the day #1886: Last Monday, I wrote about a secret spot Deb and I had found, just five miles from our house. Yesterday, Deb and I returned to the same area with wine and dinner. Just as we were leaving our house, the wind changed, bringing in forest fire smoke from Idaho. […]

Political Scrabble

Political Scrabble

Marty’s photo of the day #1885: If you follow my posts, you know that Deb and I are political junkies. You also know that during the summer we dedicate one night each weekend to a game of Mexican Train (a dominoes game) or Scrabble outdoors, on our porch.   Even though we often talk politics, […]

Martyman, rats, and mice. Oh, my!

Martyman, rats, and mice. Oh, my!

Last night, at 2:30, my dog Lucy went crazy. It wasn’t one of her normal barks. It was one of those “Dad, get up! Mass murderers are at the door!” barks. Thinking it was actually just a bear, I rolled out of bed and hurried to a window. I looked out to see a pickup […]

Inuvik

Inuvik

Marty’s photo of the day #1884: Remember yesterday’s photo of colorful downtown Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego, Argentina (the southernmost city in the world)? Today we travel in the opposite direction to dull and austere downtown Inuvik, Northwest Territories, Canada (the northernmost city you can drive to in Canada). I love Canada, but Inuvik is one […]

Ushuaia

Ushuaia

Marty’s photo of the day #1883: Here’s a look at downtown Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego, Argentina—the southernmost city in the world. Tomorrow, for comparison, I’m going to show you a photo I took of downtown Inuvik, Northwest Territories, Canada. Although there are some cities farther north than Inuvik, it is the northernmost city you can […]

Savoring the Obama Presidency. A 50-year list of best-to-worst presidents.

Savoring the Obama Presidency. A 50-year list of best-to-worst presidents.

Although diehard Republicans despise Barack Obama, many of us are savoring the last five months of his presidency. It didn’t quite hit me what a good president he’s been, until I stumped three people critical of his policies with this simple question: “Name one president better than Obama during the last 50 years.” That led […]

The Southernmost City in the World

The Southernmost City in the World

Marty’s photo of the day #1882: Where in the world is Deb? In this photo she is in Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego, Argentina. Ushuaia is the southernmost city in the world (at the tip of South America), and she is looking toward Antarctica.

Tiptoe through the guano!

Tiptoe through the guano!

Marty’s photo of the day #1881: Imagine if reincarnation turned out to be real. Imagine being obsessive-compulsive about germs and being reincarnated as a penguin. Imagine being that penguin and trying to cross a field of mud and guano without face-planting. You don’t have to imagine what you’d look like. Here’s your picture!   (Gentoo […]

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