Nature photography, political rants, and Martyman laughs from the ten-time award-winning author of "Cool Creatures, Hot Planet," "Endangered Edens," and "Time Is Irreverent."

Monthly archives for January, 2018

A grizzly family outing

A grizzly family outing

Marty’s photo of the day #2442: I had the privilege of watching this momma grizzly and her cubs for about twenty minutes. They came down the side of a mountain and lingered on their way across the valley floor. They finally took off when a huge bison wandered their way. (Photographed in Yellowstone National Park)

Why I’m not watching tonight’s State of the Union Address

Why I’m not watching tonight’s State of the Union Address

I don’t think I’ve missed a State of the Union address in twenty years. But quite frankly, my time is more valuable than another Donald Trump performance. I know what’s going to happen anyway—and you probably do too: 1) Trump will pretend to be sane for the hour or so he speaks. 2) The media […]

A lynx for every state of mind

A lynx for every state of mind

Marty’s photo of the day #2441: Yesterday I mentioned that I have tons of long-eared owl photos from a day I spent with a researcher banding owls, and how each shot featured a different owl emotion—from happy to sad to excited. I also have tons of Canada lynx photos from an afternoon I spent in […]

An owl for every state of mind

An owl for every state of mind

Marty’s photo of the day #2440: I have tons of long-eared owl photos from when I spent a day in the field with a researcher catching and banding owls. I try to post one every six months or so. As I looked over the photos, trying to decide which one to post today, I realized […]

Bighorn Sheep

Bighorn Sheep

Marty’s photo of the day #2439: Bighorn sheep, photographed in southern Idaho.

Waiting for her mate . . .

Waiting for her mate . . .

Marty’s photo of the day #2438: Waiting for her mate to return. (Photographed on a tiny island off the coast of Antarctica)

Montana Scenic

Montana Scenic

Marty’s photo of the day #2437: I haven’t posted a scenic photo in a while, so let’s go with this one, taken a little north of Yellowstone. Doesn’t it just scream “Montana”?

Leopard at dusk

Leopard at dusk

Marty’s photo of the day #2436: Anytime you can photograph a leopard in the wild, it’s special. I took this picture at dusk in Zimbabwe. Because of the lack of light, I really had to push my camera to get a usable image. The leopard disappeared into the bush moments later.

Donald’s Switzerland date

Donald’s Switzerland date

Marty’s photo of the day #2435: Now that Melania Trump is giving Donald the cold shoulder over his porn star affair, Ryan Zinke is busy trying to find a date to accompany the toddler-in-chief on his upcoming Switzerland trip. So far, he’s only found one female mammal willing to get within ten feet of Donald […]

What is this?

What is this?

Marty’s photo of the day #2434: What is this? If you’re a Republican politician, you’d think it’s a bunch of nothing in an ideal spot for an oil well. If you’re an actual human being, you might think that someone left a swatch of orange shag carpeting outside in a wet climate, and plants started […]

Too much for even an action figure

Too much for even an action figure

Marty’s photo of the day #2433: Martyman loves his Minnesota Vikings, but there is only so much an action figure can take.

Writing a sequel without shouting “squirrel!”

Writing a sequel without shouting “squirrel!”

Cool Creatures, Hot Planet: Exploring the Seven Continents took me four years to write and was published in 2007. Endangered Edens took me one year to write and was published in 2016. Time Is Irreverent also took me one year to write and will be published on March 1st. I’m now working on the sequel […]

The desert in boom

The desert in boom

Marty’s photo of the day #2432: Deserts aren’t always beautiful places to hike, but if your timing is good, and the plant life is either blooming or ready to bloom—oh, my! Five years ago, I was on a speaking tour that took me to the Arizona-California border. During an off-day between gigs, I explored the […]

Where can I park?

Where can I park?

Marty’s photo of the day #2431: I get so frustrated when I show up to speak at colleges, because there is seldom a nearby place to park, and I have quite a bit of gear to bring inside. And here we go again . . . Hmm . . . Where can I possibly park?

Hollywood actor to narrate Time Is Irreverent

Hollywood actor to narrate Time Is Irreverent

I’m busy working behind the scenes, preparing for the March 1st release of Time Is Irreverent. There are so many exciting things happening that I can’t yet reveal. One of them is the audiobook version of the novel. My two previous books were nonfiction and photo-intensive. Books with lots of photos are poor candidates for […]

Isn’t she a beauty!

Isn’t she a beauty!

Marty’s photo of the day #2430: Five years ago, I was on a speaking tour that took me to the Arizona-California border. During an off-day between gigs, I explored the Mojave National Preserve. One of my finds there was this desert tortoise. Unfortunately desert tortoises are listed as “threatened” under the Endangered Species Act. But […]

Juvenile badgers

Juvenile badgers

Marty’s photo of the day #2429: I photographed these two juvenile badgers a few years ago, in the same Montana valley I live in. I’m surprised I hadn’t posted this shot before, but then lately every photo I post has been a surprise. Just when I think I’m running out of quality shots, another one […]

Arctic Camp

Arctic Camp

Marty’s photo of the day #2428: Setting up camp in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. I don’t remember what time I took this particular photo, but it could very well be after midnight, because the sun didn’t set while we were there.

The bird formerly known as . . .

The bird formerly known as . . .

Marty’s photo of the day #2427: This is the bird formerly known as “The Blue Bird of Happiness.” Currently he is known as “The Blue Bird of Grumpiness.” He will return to his original name on the day “The Orange Shithole of Divisiveness” leaves office.

Brown Pelican

Brown Pelican

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