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Monthly archives for November, 2016

Don’t have a cow, Martyman!

Don’t have a cow, Martyman!

Those of you who follow Martyman will be glad to know that he has successfully returned from his time traveling adventure to the “2018 Annual joint KKK and NRA ‘White Friday’ sheet and Uzi sale” on the White House lawn. One thing people kept telling him, in 2018, was to “not have a cow” about […]

Hey Republicans: Look at what you won! (Part 1 of 7)

Hey Republicans: Look at what you won! (Part 1 of 7)

Hey Republicans! Look at what you won! Your man Donald Trump has already promised to pull us out of the Paris Agreement, and the Keystone XL pipeline will soon be moving the dirtiest oil on the planet. Also on Trump’s list will be opening up the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil drilling. Now I […]

Martyman gets locked up—in 2018!

Martyman gets locked up—in 2018!

I rarely re-read novels, but I’m doing that with one of my all-time favorite novels, “The Time Traveler’s Wife.” Martyman was reading over my shoulder, so I commented to him, “It’s really too bad we can’t time travel. We could check in with America two years from now and see how we’re surviving the Trump […]

Cooking with Martyman

Cooking with Martyman

Deb is gone for the weekend, so it’s just the dogs, Martyman, and me at home this weekend. When I was in college I used to be a somewhat competent cook, but now that I’m married, those skills have eroded. Martyman volunteered to cook tonight, and that’s just fine with me. However, we have a […]

Rudy’s Cactus

Rudy’s Cactus

Marty’s photo of the day #2006: I photographed this unusual cactus in Puerto Rico. I’ve been sitting on the picture for a long time, because I hadn’t yet identified the species. I finally had a moment and looked it up. Its scientific name is Rudius giulianifus.

Five groups you can blame for President Trump—and be at least partially right

Five groups you can blame for President Trump—and be at least partially right

Tuesday’s election was so close, you can blame any group for Trump’s victory and at least be partially correct. After looking at the numbers, here are five groups that I am at least partially correct in blaming: 1) Bernie or Bust voters: By voting for a third party candidate, or by refusing to vote, you […]

Martyman Rocks!

Martyman Rocks!

Marty’s photo of the day #2005: After this depressing week, I thought I’d grab Martyman and the two of us would come up with a funny photo to cheer everybody up. Unfortunately, I can’t do that because Martyman crawled underneath my subwoofer the first time he heard a TV newscaster say “President Trump” on election […]

View through an iceberg

View through an iceberg

Marty’s photo of the day #2004: For this shot, I’m in a bay along the coast of Antarctica. I’m looking through a hole in an iceberg, toward a mountain on the continent.

Dear Nate Silver:

Dear Nate Silver:

Dear Nate Silver: I regret to inform you that I’m filing for a divorce. We had it once (who can forget the great times we had in 2012?), but we don’t have it anymore. You have lost my trust. I know that three-and-a-half years from now, I will feel the urge to return to you […]

Annie

Annie

Marty’s photo of the day #2003: Other than my wife, Annie was the best friend I’ve ever had. We were inseparable. In fact, she stayed beside me for the entire 13,000 hours it took me to write my first book. Then, on the day I finished it, she died of cancer. I will always have […]

Martyman turns the election into a drinking game

Martyman turns the election into a drinking game

Martyman is ready to watch the election returns come in, and he’s decided to turn the results into a drinking game: He’s shooting a shot of gin every time a network calls a state for Hillary. I had to yell at him though. “Why did you dirty all of our shot glasses? You know, it […]

Martyman sits on Putin . . . well sort of

Martyman sits on Putin . . . well sort of

Countries around the world closely follow America’s elections. For this election, more than any other, the entire world is holding its collective breath. If each country had an electoral vote, Hillary would win in a landslide! We know Russia wants Trump to win, and the North Korea state media praised Trump as a “wise politician,” […]

Even the animals are holding their breath today

Even the animals are holding their breath today

Marty’s photo of the day #2002: Martyman wants to remind voters that it’s not just people around the world who are holding their breath today—the animals are doing so as well. If elected, Donald Trump has promised to pull the United States out of the Paris Agreement, destroy the EPA, and eliminate as many regulations […]

Jesus talks to Republicans about Trump

Jesus talks to Republicans about Trump

“Hey Republicans! Jesus here. As people who claim to follow me, you should know that I never said anything against abortion or gay marriage, and you certainly should know that I would always support a person’s right NOT to get shot over your childish fascination with guns. Yet you say you can’t vote for Hillary […]

Don’t shoot this one!

Don’t shoot this one!

Marty’s photo of the day #2001: Today I have two photos from my backyard motion-sensing camera. Both are of a beautiful white-tailed buck living on our property. The first shot is humorous, and the second shows the entire deer. Hunting season in Montana runs from September 15 to November 27, and so far this big […]

Martyman photobombs Jesus

Martyman photobombs Jesus

“Hey Republicans! Jesus here. As people who claim to follow me, you should know that I never said anything against abortion or gay marriage, and you certainly should know that I would always support a person’s right NOT to get shot over your childish fascination with guns. Yet you say you can’t vote for Hillary […]

Arctic skua

Arctic skua

Marty’s photo of the day #2000: I photographed this Arctic skua on an island, just off the coast of Antarctica. Like most animals in the Antarctic region, they have no fear of humans.

Giant snake is coming to town!

Giant snake is coming to town!

Marty’s photo of the day #1999: Daylight Savings Time ends tonight, which means . . . we all get an extra hour of the presidential election campaigns. Ugh! Now that the presidential race has tightened, Martyman can’t stand the tension. Since he’s already voted, he’s going to pass the time by wrestling this giant snake—and […]

Are Trump voters evil or naïve?

Are Trump voters evil or naïve?

To vote for Donald Trump one must be either evil or naïve. That may seem extreme, but hear me out. Based on Trump’s campaign message, there are three basic reasons to vote for him: 1) Because you agree with his bigoted stand against Muslims, Mexicans, and other minorities, and you think building a border wall […]

Sharp-shinned hawk

Sharp-shinned hawk

Marty’s photo of the day #1998: This is a sharp-shinned hawk on top of a kill (which was a small bird that I couldn’t see well enough to identify).

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