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 July, 2017

Better together #2

Better together #2

Like pizza and beer, sometimes quotes are better together: “I’m going to surround myself only with the best and most serious people. We want top of the line professionals.”—Donald Trump (before getting rid of Scaramucci, Priebus, Spicer, Flynn, Manafort, and others) “Look at those hands. Are they small hands?”—Donald Trump (before handing the magnifying glass […]

Owl Clover

Owl Clover

Marty’s photo of the day #2262: This photo is from a few weekends ago, in Idaho. I would have posted it sooner, but it took a while to come up with an identification: owl clover.

Better together #1

Better together #1

Like pizza and beer, sometimes quotes are better together: “Get even with people. If they screw you, screw them back 10 times as hard. I really believe that.” —Donald Trump “I’ve seen firsthand that being president doesn’t change who you are. It reveals who you are.” —Michelle Obama  

Wandering albatross

Wandering albatross

Marty’s photo of the day #2261: Note to self: The next time the bird with the widest wingspan in the world flies over you, be prepared with a wider-angle lens. (Photographed off the coast of Antarctica. Wandering albatrosses have an eleven foot-wide wingspan.)

Anthropomorphize away!

Anthropomorphize away!

Marty’s photo of the day #2260: I love the emotion in this magpie photo. Sure it’s anthropomorphizing, but there’s nothing wrong with that. If you see emotion too, anthropomorphize away!

Martyman is back!

Martyman is back!

Marty’s photo of the day #2259: Numerous people have been requesting the return of Martyman. I apologize for his long absence, but he has even less of a social filter than Orange Temper Tantrum Man. Consequently, he doesn’t understand that there is a fine line between criticizing our deranged supreme leader and saying something that […]

The big difference between conservatives and liberals

The big difference between conservatives and liberals

One of the big differences between conservatives and liberals is that conservatives continually try to come up with new regulations to go after classes of people they despise. When was the last time a liberal did that?   Yesterday, Donald Trump tweeted that he intended to ban transgender people from the military (a move he […]

Great Curassow

Great Curassow

Marty’s photo of the day #2258: Here’s a photo from my second book, Endangered Edens: Exploring the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Costa Rica, the Everglades, and Puerto Rico. This is a male great curassow, photographed in Costa Rica.

Slow terrorists

Slow terrorists

Marty’s photo of the day #2257: No, Donald Trump did not confuse the nuclear codes with Twitter (at least not yet). This is one of two major fires Deb and I could see Sunday evening from our secret spot in the mountains, five miles from our house. Fire season is here, and it comes earlier […]

Zebras

Zebras

Marty’s photo of the day #2256: Zebras in Zimbabwe, just before they zipped into the bush.

The penguin star

The penguin star

Marty’s photo of the day #2255: I’m so excited! My editor is ready to start on my new book, “Time is Irreverent.” Consequently, I have been spending the last several days going through the book one more time. I know it won’t happen, but whenever I finish a book, I still fantasize that my editor […]

If . . . (part 13)

If . . . (part 13)

If you voted for both George W. Bush and Donald Trump, it’s time for you to recognize that voting isn’t one of your skills. That’s okay, not everyone has the attention span to master the task. Give it up and try something else. I bet you’d be great at self-flagellation.

If dogs were cows

If dogs were cows

Marty’s photo of the day #2254: Ever since I was a kid, on my grandfather’s farm, I’ve loved cows. That being said, the reckless practice of raising cows on public lands needs to go away. For just $1.87 per cow a month, “ranchers” can let their cows roam and get fat on lands you and […]

They don’t look the part, but . . .

They don’t look the part, but . . .

Marty’s photo of the day #2253: Shirley Manson is the face of Garbage, and I love her as a frontwoman. That being said, I enjoy watching the rest of the band just as much as I do her. Guitarists Steve Marker and Duke Erikson crack me up. If you ran into either one of them […]

Indian Paintbrush

Indian Paintbrush

Marty’s photo of the day #2252: Indian paintbrush, in a meadow of flowers, near the Forest Service cabin we rented last weekend.

If . . . (part 12)

If . . . (part 12)

If you’re okay with socialized schools, roads, military, fire, and police, but draw the line at socialized medicine, just admit that you get off on the suffering of others.

Seventy-two year old, not found in nature

Seventy-two year old, not found in nature

Marty’s photo of the day #2251: Here’s another photo from last Friday night: Debbie Harry of Blondie at age 72. Obviously, she’s at least 60 years too old for Donald Trump to give a second glance. As for those of us who aren’t psychopaths—wow! Sure 72 year-olds like Debbie Harry aren’t found in nature, but […]

The proper way to work a stage

The proper way to work a stage

Marty’s photo of the day #2250: I will get back to nature photos in a few days, but the X, Blondie, Garbage concert last weekend is an excuse to give them a break. Like at most concerts, high-quality SLR cameras weren’t allowed, so I was stuck using my little pocket Canon. The lens on that […]

Paddy Flat Cabin

Paddy Flat Cabin

Marty’s photo of the day #2249: Other than the X, Blondie, and Garbage concert, the other half of Deb’s and my weekend was a stay at the Paddy Flat Forest Service Cabin (2 hours north of Boise). This cabin was a converted guard station, with a history going back to the 1920s. Most of the […]

Debbie Harry is the Queen Bee

Debbie Harry is the Queen Bee

Marty’s photo of the day #2248: When I was in high school, my two favorite bands were the Runaways (Joan Jett) and Blondie. I would have loved to have seen Blondie in their prime, but as I drove to see a concert that included them on Friday, I had low expectations. How good could Debbie […]

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