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The hippo salesman

The hippo salesman

Marty’s photo of the day #2079: A young man tries to sell us a carved wooden hippo in Zimbabwe. (Yes, we bought it.)

Green Iguana

Green Iguana

Marty’s photo of the day #2078: I photographed this green iguana in the Amazon Rainforest of Peru.

Trump really could shoot someone and not lose his followers.

Trump really could shoot someone and not lose his followers.

When historians look back at Donald Trump, the chances are good that they will see this as his defining quote: “I could stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shoot somebody, and I wouldn’t lose any voters. Okay?” Personally, when I think of Trump, the fable of “The Scorpion and the Frog” immediately comes […]

The Punk Rocker of the Rainforest

The Punk Rocker of the Rainforest

Marty’s photo of the day #2077: When I’m performing my college show, I always introduce the Boyd’s forest dragon as “the punk rocker of the rainforest.” Photographed in Australia, and featured in my first book, “Cool Creatures, Hot Planet.”

What do you think this is?

What do you think this is?

Marty’s photo of the day #2076: Okay, who saw this and immediately guessed that it was a close-up of a termite mound? (Photographed in Zimbabwe)

Heliconia

Heliconia

Marty’s photo of the day #2075: Here’s a heliconia that I photographed in the Amazon Rainforest of Peru.

Martyman on Trumpcare

Martyman on Trumpcare

Marty’s photo of the day #2074: A: This is your Martyman B: This is your Martyman on Trumpcare Any questions?

Fun with Sea Lions

Fun with Sea Lions

Marty’s photo of the day #2073: I had so much fun swimming with sea lions last year in the Sea of Cortez. Other than being in Antarctica, where the animals had no fear of humans, I can’t think of any other instance where wild animals interacted so easily with people and seemed to genuinely enjoy […]

Why are Muslim killers worse than Christian killers?

Why are Muslim killers worse than Christian killers?

On September 11, 2001, 2,996 people died as a result of a terrorist attack by 19 Muslims. On May 4, 2017, 217 Christian Republican congressmen and women cheered as they signed death warrants for numbers of people that will dwarf the numbers who died in 9/11. They even signed death warrants for people who haven’t […]

Let me know when it’s safe to come back out

Let me know when it’s safe to come back out

One of the best things about writing my new science fiction comedy novel, Time is Irreverent, was that from Christmas until yesterday, I got to spend 10 to 12 hours a day in a completely different world, with no Donald Trump or greedy Republican politicians. Well, since the villain in my book is an insane […]

Zambezi River from the copilot’s seat

Zambezi River from the copilot’s seat

Marty’s photo of the day #2072: During my travels, I’ve spent a lot of time in the copilot’s seat on tiny airplanes. I don’t know how to fly, but I’ve picked up some pointers by watching. If the pilot suddenly died, I could probably at least crash the airplane with style. Here’s one of my […]

Martyman demands royalties!

Martyman demands royalties!

Marty’s photo of the day #2071: Yay! I have finished writing my new science fiction comedy novel (or at least I have it ready for an editor). The book even has a title: Time is Irreverent. Yesterday, I mailed out the first copy of the manuscript, and I let Martyman check it out before I […]

An Arctic Ground Squirrel on a Gorgeous Day

An Arctic Ground Squirrel on a Gorgeous Day

Marty’s photo of the day #2070: This is an Arctic ground squirrel that I photographed on a stunning day, a little north of the Arctic Circle in Alaska.

Giant Cardón Cactus

Giant Cardón Cactus

Marty’s photo of the day #2069: This is one of the many giant cardón cactuses that I photographed last year on the Baja Peninsula.

Amazon River

Amazon River

Marty’s photo of the day #2068: Your first thought when seeing this photo was likely that it was a lake or an ocean bay scene. It’s not. This is the Amazon River in Peru.

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