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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Martyman gets rich!

Martyman gets rich!

Marty’s photo of the day #2307: Martyman is all excited, because I gave him a $5,000.00 bill. “With all this money, I can impress the ladies,” he said. “Maybe I can even get a mail-order stripper-bride, just like Melania Trump! Did I say stripper? I mean ‘high-class model-bride.’” Poor Martyman is in for a letdown. […]

The United States and its allies will never kill “the last terrorist.”

The United States and its allies will never kill “the last terrorist.”

The United States and its allies will never kill “the last terrorist.” Middle Eastern terrorists will continue to attack us and our allies, as long as we have a military presence in the Middle East. If you doubt that statement, look up how many times ISIS, Al-Qaeda, or other such groups have attacked Costa Rica […]

Paradise north of the Arctic Circle

Paradise north of the Arctic Circle

Marty’s photo of the day #2306: This is one of my favorite pictures of Deb, from one of my favorite moments with her. We were north of the Arctic Circle, returning from investigating the cesspool known as the Prudhoe Bay Oil Field. On the way up to Prudhoe Bay, the biting flies had been unbearable. […]

If my ass was going to be kicked, shouldn’t I at least deserve it?

If my ass was going to be kicked, shouldn’t I at least deserve it?

1) My wife, Deb, and I seldom argue. But when we do, she kicks my ass. I’m good at arguing points in writing, as I have a moment to think things through. In verbal arguments, I all too often come up with the perfect thing to say, ten minutes too late. 2) The two of […]

Unfortunate last names

Unfortunate last names

While I wait for the editing and cover art to be completed for my new science-fiction political-satire, Time is Irreverent, I have plenty of work to do, running my talent agency. One of those jobs includes updating my list of more than 7,000 college talent buyers. It’s a tedious task, as I have to visit […]

Alone . . . in the dark

Alone . . . in the dark

Marty’s photo of the day #2305: I photographed these orphaned baby orangutans while night-hiking through an orangutan rehabilitation facility in Borneo. These babies were supposed to be secured in pens at night, but they had escaped. And obviously the idea of escaping was much more exciting than the reality of heading for the rainforest, alone, […]

Leaf-mimic katydid

Leaf-mimic katydid

Marty’s photo of the day #2304: Here’s a leaf-mimic katydid. Photographed in the Amazon Rainforest of Peru.

The NFL’s Republican-style false outrage

The NFL’s Republican-style false outrage

I enjoy football, but I wish the NFL wasn’t so Republican. If a football player beats up his wife or girlfriend, he might get suspended for up to four games. If a football player beats his son bloody with a switch while claiming faith in God, the suspension will be longer, but when he comes […]

Yellow-crowned night heron

Yellow-crowned night heron

Marty’s photo of the day #2303: Here’s a yellow-crowned night heron, photographed in Costa Rica.

Great Egret

Great Egret

Hang on, Mr. Alligator!

Hang on, Mr. Alligator!

Marty’s photo of the day #2301: Here’s one of my good buddies from my Everglades adventure in 2013, working on my book Endangered Edens: Exploring the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Costa Rica, the Everglades, and Puerto Rico. Now, of course, I worry terribly about all the wildlife in the Everglades. Hang on Mr. Alligator! Stay […]

May everyone and everything in Florida weather the storm, except . . .

May everyone and everything in Florida weather the storm, except . . .

Marty’s photo of the day #2300: I found this gopher tortoise two years ago, when I went hiking between college speaking engagements, in Florida. May this tortoise, the other animals, and the people of Florida all survive Hurricane Irma in good health. Conversely, may Mar-a-Lago and the two Trump International Golf Clubs be leveled to […]

Castillo San Felipe del Morro, sans Hurricane Irma

Castillo San Felipe del Morro, sans Hurricane Irma

Marty’s photo of the day #2299: I probably should have posted this yesterday. This is the view from atop Castillo San Felipe del Morro, in Puerto Rico. I assume the sixteenth century fort survived Hurricane Irma just fine. But I bet the ocean was just a wee bit wilder yesterday!

Republicans: What will it take?

Republicans: What will it take?

Gun deaths, police violence, and global warming are epidemics, solvable with commitment, ingenuity, and cooperation. Unfortunately, as long as Republicans stand in the way, solutions to those problems will remain out of America’s grasp. With that in mind, I’d like to ask Republicans, “What will it take?” From 2000 to 2015, the equivalent to one-half […]

Thursday morning cuteness

Thursday morning cuteness

Marty’s photo of the day #2298: From my motion-sensing camera in the front yard: a little cuteness for your Thursday.

Donald Trump must be consistent!

Donald Trump must be consistent!

Now that Donald Trump has picked Jim Bridenstine (a global warming denier with no science experience) to head NASA, he must be consistent and pick Thomas Röhler (the Olympic gold medalist javelin thrower) to be the White House proctologist.

Beautiful ice or clean air?

Beautiful ice or clean air?

Marty’s photo of the day #2297: I can’t remember anytime during my life where the United States has been simultaneously hit in so many directions by environmental disasters (thank the Republicans for voting against the environment at a 95% clip). If you are in the southern US, you have one huge hurricane following another. If […]

Presidenting lessons

Presidenting lessons

Obviously the presidenting lessons Obama gave Little Trumpy didn’t take. So now it’s time for an intervention. All of the living presidents need to show up at the White House, have a sit down with the little guy, and tell him that big boy presidents don’t threaten with nukes.

Arctic Red Fox

Arctic Red Fox

Marty’s photo of the day #2296: Here’s another shot from Deb’s and my canoe trip across the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. We saw this red fox far in the distance, as he hunted in a zig-zag pattern. He didn’t change is path, as he approached, and eventually zig-zagged right around us!

Canoeing the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

Canoeing the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

Marty’s photo of the day #2295: Yesterday I featured a photo from Antarctica, so today we will go to the opposite end of the world. This shot is from Deb’s and my canoe trip across the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. The land at this spot was incredibly flat, as we were just a day from […]

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