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

Our secret place

Our secret place

Marty’s photo of the day #1880: My wife, Deb, and I have a new secret place. This is our twentieth year of living in Montana, and our house is at 4000 feet, in the foothills of a mountain. Not far from us is an area we used to hike until developers subdivided and sold off […]

The Twister Elephant

The Twister Elephant

Marty’s photo of the day #1879: This isn’t one of my better elephant photos, but it is one of my more memorable. While hiking across Mana Pools National Park in Zimbabwe, we came across a wetlands area, occupied by a Nile crocodile. The crocodile was about four-feet long, and my inner Steve Irwin convinced me […]

Spanish Ibex

Spanish Ibex

Marty’s photo of the day #1878: Spanish Ibex.

Valais Blacknose Sheep

Valais Blacknose Sheep

Marty’s photo of the day #1877: This is a Valais Blacknose Sheep. For those of you who read my recent “legitimate political commentary” about Donald Trump and Rudy Giuliani’s special love for sheep: don’t worry. This little cutie is safe! I photographed her in Switzerland, at the base of the Matterhorn—far away from Giuliani’s frothy […]

Fly, Martyman! Fly!

Fly, Martyman! Fly!

Marty’s photo of the day #1876: Martyman learns the hard way not to get too close to Civil War reenactors.

Legitimate political commentary

Legitimate political commentary

I don’t think there is a more repugnant human being than Rudy Giuliani. Every time he speaks, he’s the caricature of a sleazy, hateful, foaming at the mouth politician. Today, CNN host Chris Cuomo asked Giuliani what he thought about Donald Trump claiming that President Obama “founded ISIS.” Giuliani responded that Trump’s words were “legitimate […]

Don’t be crabby

Don’t be crabby

Marty’s photo of the day #1875: For anyone feeling crabby today.   (Photographed in Costa Rica.)  

What Trump and a biker bill collectors have in common

What Trump and a biker bill collectors have in common

Donald Trump’s verbal wet fart yesterday gave me flashbacks to my early twenties, when I was a partner in a Minneapolis-based talent management agency. A nightclub owner had stiffed one of our bands, and we hired some scary-looking bikers to attempt to collect the money. Before the collection effort, we had a meeting with our […]

Costa Rica’s Golfo Dulce

Costa Rica’s Golfo Dulce

Marty’s photo of the day #1874: Today’s photo was an alternative shot for my book, “Endangered Edens: Exploring the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Costa Rica, the Everglades, and Puerto Rico.” A similar shot—that was a bit better—made the book instead. This is Deb, kayaking in Costa Rica’s Golfo Dulce.

Fawning over fawns, part 2

Fawning over fawns, part 2

Marty’s photo of the day #1873: Two days ago, I checked the motion-sensing camera in our backyard. I have definitely found the best spot to photograph fawns and turkeys, but I would rather get the elk, moose, coyotes, bear, fox, mountain lion, and pine martins that roam our property. This time I captured two really […]

Fawning over fawns

Fawning over fawns

Marty’s photo of the day #1872: Yesterday, I checked the motion-sensing camera in our backyard. I have definitely found the best spot to photograph fawns and turkeys, but I would rather get the elk, moose, coyotes, bear, fox, mountain lion, and pine martins that roam our property. This time I captured two exceptional fawn photos […]

The animal Shackleton’s crew feared the most

The animal Shackleton’s crew feared the most

Marty’s photo of the day #1871: When Ernest Shackleton made his famous voyage to Antarctica, the animals his crew were most afraid of were leopard seals. The leopard seals I saw in Antarctica were curious, but non-aggressive.

Gentoo Beach

Gentoo Beach

Marty’s photo of the day #1870: I don’t remember exactly where I took this photo, but it was on one of the many islands just off the coast of Antarctica. These are gentoo penguins.

The personification of Fox News

The personification of Fox News

Who would of guessed that in just over a week’s time that Donald Trump would go from leading in the polls to diving in the polls to being encouraged by many Republicans to drop out? Come on Republicans! Trump is just the personification of your customized news channel. You know all those people who watch […]

The amazing Puerto Rican Boa

The amazing Puerto Rican Boa

Marty’s photo of the day #1869: Today’s photo is from my new book, “Endangered Edens: Exploring the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Costa Rica, the Everglades, and Puerto Rico.” This is a Puerto Rican boa, photographed at night, at the entrance to a cave. The amazing snake had just snatched a bat out of the air. […]

Trump’s insanity free fall

Trump’s insanity free fall

Donald Trump is obviously now in an insanity free fall. As former Republican congressman Joe Scarborough reported this morning, Trump repeatedly asked a foreign policy advisor “Why can’t we use nukes?” And as another adviser said, “The problem is that Trump watches TV every minute that he isn’t actually on his phone, either talking or […]

Rainforest Chic

Rainforest Chic

Marty’s photo of the day #1867: Donald Trump’s wife may look good in makeup and a swimsuit, but mine can look stylish, makeup free, in the extreme heat and humidity of the Amazon Rainforest. In this photo, Deb clowns around, pretending to be on the runway, modeling “rainforest chic.” The rubber boots, by the way, […]

Conservative vs liberal humor

Conservative vs liberal humor

I find the differing ways conservatives and liberals perceive humor to be fascinating. For instance, when Donald Trump calls Elizabeth Warren “Pocahontas,” conservatives yuk it up. The same goes when conservative commentators joke about women speakers “screeching” (be it Hillary Clinton, Elizabeth Warren, or Nancy Pelosi). On the reverse side, I can’t help but laugh […]

Baseball is good even when it’s bad

Baseball is good even when it’s bad

Marty’s photo of the day #1866: I don’t often post about sports, but having grown up in Minnesota made me a Twins fan. Deb and I were even at the 1991 World Series game 7, when Jack Morris pitched the legendary 10 inning shutout (still arguably the best single baseball game ever played). This year […]

Roaring Lion Fire at Night

Roaring Lion Fire at Night

Marty’s photo of the day #1865: Yesterday afternoon, Deb and I went to see the new Star Trek movie in Hamilton, MT (a little south of where we live). As we were pulling up to the movie theater, Deb pointed out some light smoke on the mountain. While we watched the movie, the fire exploded! […]

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