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 November, 2017

Sunset on the Sea of Cortez

Sunset on the Sea of Cortez

Marty’s photo of the day #2381: Sunset on the Sea of Cortez.

Win a free copy of Time Is Irreverent!

Win a free copy of Time Is Irreverent!

Help me win publishing’s version of American Idol and you can get a free copy of my new science-fiction political-satire, Time Is Irreverent! When Donald Trump got elected, my way of dealing with the tragedy was to create my own world, where time travel became an option for giving “President Handley” a career change and […]

Borneo flower

Borneo flower

Marty’s photo of the day #2380: Here’s one of the many unusual flowers I found while backpacking in Borneo’s rainforest. Sorry, but I don’t have an identification for this one.

Lion on the hunt

Lion on the hunt

Marty’s photo of the day #2379: I watched this lion and two others hunt Cape buffalo in Zimbabwe. The lions didn’t make a kill during the hour I was there, but hunting isn’t simple when you are a lion. Perhaps she and her hunting party had success later that evening.

Mother and child . . . rainbow boas

Mother and child . . . rainbow boas

Marty’s photo of the day #2378: I was going through my photos this morning and came across this “mother and child” photo from several years ago. These are my rainbow boas Eve and Miami Steve Van Snake. At the time, Eve was about seven-feet-long and Miami Steve was about two-feet-long. Now, Eve is perhaps an […]

The silver lining of the Trump presidency . . .

The silver lining of the Trump presidency . . .

The hypocrisy and disingenuousness of conservative Christians has never been more apparent than it is now with their support of everything Donald Trump. First, they voted overwhelmingly for Trump, who is the opposite of the Jesus depicted in the Bible, then they supported Trump when he attempted to take away health care, gave corporate polluters […]

Better than I originally thought

Better than I originally thought

Marty’s photo of the day #2377: Sometimes coming up with an interesting photo each day can be challenging—especially since I usually don’t select the photo until minutes before posting. On the other hand, sometimes I discover photos that I don’t remember taking or that strike me as better shots than I had originally thought. Today’s […]

Two-for-one special on signed copies of Endangered Edens!

Two-for-one special on signed copies of Endangered Edens!

Signed books are always special gifts, and Black Friday crowds are a bitch. Today thru Sunday I am offering a two-for-one deal on my second book, Endangered Edens. The book retails for $19.95, but this weekend you can get two signed copies for $19.95, plus $6.05 Priority Mail shipping. This book features 180 stunning color […]

Magical snowflakes on Antarctica

Magical snowflakes on Antarctica

Marty’s photo of the day #2376: Today’s photo is a bit artsy. I had just hiked to the top of a glacier, on Antarctica, when giant snowflakes started falling. Through my camera lens, I am gazing down on a colony of penguins, and out on the ocean is the Professor Multanovskiy looking like a ghost […]

It’s okay to talk politics on Thanksgiving Day

It’s okay to talk politics on Thanksgiving Day

Marty’s photo of the day #2375: I had this great caption in mind for a turkey photo I had taken several years ago. Of course, with all the photos on my hard drive, finding a specific photo isn’t always easy. Then I came across this moose photo I took several years ago. I’m thankful for […]

Cape Horn has another victim

Cape Horn has another victim

Marty’s photo of the day #2374: This short excerpt from my first book , Cool Creatures, Hot Planet: Exploring the Seven Continents, explains this shot:   In 1616, Willem Cornelis Schouten became the first person to sail around Cape Horn (the southern tip of South America). From Schouten’s time to the present, treacherous seas have […]

Zimbabweans don’t need no stinkin’ guard rails!

Zimbabweans don’t need no stinkin’ guard rails!

Marty’s photo of the day #2373: This is a small section of Victoria Falls, photographed on the Zimbabwe side. If these falls were in the United States, this photo would have been much more difficult to take, as guard rails would have blocked my view. But Zimbabweans don’t need no stinkin’ guard rails! I have […]

Christian Values Voters

Christian Values Voters

Within a 13 month period, Christian Values Voters will have voted overwhelmingly to elect Donald “The Pussy Grabber” Trump to the presidency, Greg “The Body Slammer” Gianforte to the House of Representatives, and Roy “The Child Molester” Moore to the Senate. I never doubted that those voters had values, but isn’t it nice that they’ve […]

Juvenile Spanish ibex

Juvenile Spanish ibex

Marty’s photo of the day #2372: Aah, it’s a juvenile Spanish ibex! Somehow the word “juvenile” does sound quite as cute as “baby,” but accuracy is a must.

The monkey under the mask

The monkey under the mask

Marty’s photo of the day #2371: To me, spider monkeys always look like they are wearing a poorly designed mask for a low budget science-fiction movie. (Photographed in Costa Rica)

Caribou in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

Caribou in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

Marty’s photo of the day #2370: These caribou are in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge—the most pristine and remote region in the United States. In the coming weeks, greedy Republicans will likely open up parts of this refuge to oil drilling. “Praise, Jesus!” they will say, as they rape the land for oil company profits […]

National jewel soon to be poisoned

National jewel soon to be poisoned

Marty’s photo of the day #2369: This is the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge—the most pristine and remote region in the United States. In the coming weeks, greedy Republicans will likely open up parts of this refuge to oil drilling. “Praise, Jesus!” they will say, as they rape the land for oil company profits and political […]

How to call a python

How to call a python

Marty’s photo of the day #2368: Marty Essen, python caller. “Here’s snake! Come here, boy! That’s it. Good boy! Come to daddy!” This technique works equally well with cats. (Photographed in Zimbabwe)

Long-eared owl

Long-eared owl

Marty’s photo of the day #2367: I have tons of long-eared owl photos from several years ago, when I spent a day in the field catching and banding owls with owl researcher Denver Holt. Every once in a while, it’s fun to dig up a new one and post it.

Cuteness!

Cuteness!

Marty’s photo of the day #2366: This may be the least exotic animal I’ve ever photographed, but it may also be the cutest.

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