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

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What if Trump grabs . . .

What if Trump grabs . . .

Martyman is ready for the third and final Presidential Debate. Joining him tonight is his pet, Cascade the Cat. At first Martyman was excited about having Cascade with him in front of the TV, but now he’s a little worried. “So many unbelievable things have happened during this election season that reality doesn’t apply anymore,” […]

Martyman gets a speeding ticket

Martyman gets a speeding ticket

Marty’s photo of the day #1944: Martyman is always bugging me to let him drive. Yesterday, when I had to head into town to get a haircut, I finally relented. I mean, what was the worst that could happen?   Fifteen minutes later, Martyman was the proud owner of his first speeding ticket! Actually, it […]

Antarctica’s Coast

Antarctica’s Coast

Marty’s photo of the day #1943: I took this photo somewhere along the northwestern coast of Antarctica.

Don’t trip!

Don’t trip!

Marty’s photo of the day #1942: This photo shows Deb and our local friend Alfredo shopping in Iquitos, Peru. Here’s what I wrote about the scene in my first book, Cool Creatures, Hot Planet: Exploring the Seven Continents: Our final stop was the Belen Marketplace. Here hundreds of vendors sold fruits, vegetables, meats, and traditional […]

Martyman votes!

Martyman votes!

Marty’s photo of the day #1941: Martyman’s ballot arrived yesterday, and he immediately started filling it out. As Martyman says, “Voting is so easy, even an action figure can do it!” He is, of course, voting for Hillary and wants to remind all Montana voters to vote “yes” on I-177 (which bans trapping on public […]

Amazon Sunset

Amazon Sunset

Marty’s photo of the day #1940: Sunset on the Amazon River.

Which is worse: to be attacked by a bear or . . .

Which is worse: to be attacked by a bear or . . .

Which would be worse: to be attacked by a bear, or to have a can of bear spray go off in your pocket? The easy answer is the bear—unless you’ve actually tested sprayed bear spray, as I have. It’s nasty stuff! Now that fall is here, my 6:30 a.m. bike ride down and up our […]

Space aliens from the Amazon Rainforest

Space aliens from the Amazon Rainforest

Marty’s photo of the day #1939: If it weren’t for the influence of praying mantises, aliens in science fiction movies would look a lot different. (Photographed in the Amazon Rainforest of Peru)

Blue Morpho Butterfly

Blue Morpho Butterfly

Marty’s photo of the day #1938: Here’s a photo from my book, “Endangered Edens: Exploring the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Costa Rica, the Everglades, and Puerto Rico.” It’s a blue morpho butterfly.

Why fer-de-lances are better than Donald Trump

Why fer-de-lances are better than Donald Trump

Marty’s photo of the day #1937: You are looking at a fer-de-lance that I photographed in Costa Rica. It’s the deadliest snake in the Western Hemisphere (although it’s not the most venomous). I know some followers of my blog cringe when I post snake pictures. But wouldn’t you rather look at this snake than Donald […]

The story of Larry the Alligator

The story of Larry the Alligator

Marty’s photo of the day #1936: Here’s the story of Larry the Alligator, from my new book, Endangered Edens: Exploring the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Costa Rica, the Everglades, and Puerto Rico: The Janes Memorial Scenic Drive was exactly what I was hoping for: a narrow dirt road with swamp on both sides. I drove […]

May humping his chair be all that Trump has left

May humping his chair be all that Trump has left

I woke up this morning angry. First, I’m still pissed at MSNBC and other media, who decided to grade Donald Trump on a curve for his debate performance. It was like they watched a completely different debate than I did. Trump was like a twelve year-old-boy with his mother in a fabric store. Only instead […]

Eagle Ray

Eagle Ray

Marty’s photo of the day #1935: This is an eagle ray that I photographed off the coast of Costa Rica.

Grab ’em and don’t let go!

Grab ’em and don’t let go!

Martyman is ready for tonight’s Presidential Debate! After hearing Donald Trump say that his idea of a good first move on women is to “grab them by the pussy” and that he “couldn’t care less” if he satisfies the women he sleeps with, Martyman can’t wait to see how Crybaby Donald likes it when a […]

About that basket . . . .

About that basket . . . .

A Politico/Morning Consult poll taken after Donald Trump’s “Grab them by the pussy” brag-fest shows that 74% of Republican voters think the GOP should continue to support him, and 87% think he should stay in the race. In fact, 8% of Republican voters actually said Trump’s comments made them feel more positively about their candidate! […]

The brown wood-owl of Borneo

The brown wood-owl of Borneo

Marty’s photo of the day #1934: You are looking at a brown wood-owl that I photographed in Borneo. I love the bird in this photo, but the power pole support cable he is on kind of ruins it for me. Here I am, in a remote area, on one of the most exotic islands in […]

Donald’s Urinal

Donald’s Urinal

Marty’s photo of the day #1933: I photographed this urinal many years ago, in the Australian Outback. If you look closely, you’ll see that no pipe is attached underneath. Consequently, any liquid going in pours right onto the floor. This morning it hit me what a perfect metaphor this is for Trump voters. They’ll stand […]

The Jago River, near the Arctic Ocean

The Jago River, near the Arctic Ocean

Marty’s photo of the day #1932: This is the Jago River in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. I took this photo looking south, towards the Brooks Range. A short distance behind me, the river enters the Arctic Ocean. For those who have read my book “Endangered Edens: Exploring the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Costa Rica, […]

Prudhoe Bay and the flat tire

Prudhoe Bay and the flat tire

Marty’s photo of the day #1931: This photo shows me fixing a flat on the car we rented to drive to the Prudhoe Bay Oil Field. That’s the Alaska Pipeline in the background. I should also mention that I’m not wearing the parka shell because of the cold. I’m wearing it because the mosquitoes and […]

My three takeaways from last night’s Vice Presidential Debate

My three takeaways from last night’s Vice Presidential Debate

Here are my three takeaways from last night’s Vice Presidential Debate: 1) Just like golf could be dramatically improved, for spectators, if opposing players were allowed to use air horns on putts and block tee offs like field goals in football, vice presidential debates could be dramatically improved, for spectators, if the moderator was given […]

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