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 February, 2018

Penguin in a hurry

Penguin in a hurry

Marty’s photo of the day #2470: Much has happened this morning, so I’m running late. And when that happens, there’s only one thing to do: dip into my massive collection of penguin photos. Ah . . . here’s one now! It’s an Adélie penguin that I photographed on a tiny island off the coast of […]

Hanging out with moose

Hanging out with moose

Marty’s photo of the day #2469: This photo is from a few years ago. Every year, moose hang out on the property we own around our house. I’m looking forward to seeing them again this spring.

Puerto Rico Fisherman

Puerto Rico Fisherman

Marty’s photo of the day #2468: I took this photo along the coast of Puerto Rico. I love the feel of this shot: a fisherman getting in a few last casts before the storm moves in. Oh, and standing off to the side, just out of the picture, is Donald Trump. Should the storm suddenly […]

Playing with humpbacks

Playing with humpbacks

Marty’s photo of the day #2467: When Deb and I visited Antarctica we had several unforgettable, up-close encounters with humpback whales. I took this photo from our Zodiac (a rubber raft). On this outing, two whales played with our Zodiac—coming in above the water fast, diving under us at the last second, and surfacing on […]

Spotted Sandpiper

Spotted Sandpiper

Marty’s photo of the day #2466: This is a spotted sandpiper, photographed in Costa Rica.

Time Is Irreverent: Canadian Best Seller

Time Is Irreverent: Canadian Best Seller

If you follow my posts, you know: “Time Is Irreverent” wasn’t supposed to be published until March 1st, but a miscommunication with Amazon resulted in an accidental publication date of February 7. I wasn’t prepared and was in a near-panic because none of my promotions were in order. I quickly did what I could on […]

Who knows?

Who knows?

Marty’s photo of the day #2465: Sorry, I don’t know what kind of plant this is. All I can tell you is that I photographed it while exploring western Spain in 2003. Whatever it is, it’s pretty cool.

So many guns, so many questions

So many guns, so many questions

When Republicans say that mental illness is the problem, not guns, I’m never sure how to respond. Should I ask why mental illness is such a huge problem in the United States, but not Great Britain and Australia? Or should I agree, proclaim that the best indicator of mental illness is owning an assault rifle, […]

A shot to warm you up

A shot to warm you up

Marty’s photo of the day #2464: I think we need a warm-weather shot today. Costa Rica!

The day I held up the world

The day I held up the world

Marty’s photo of the day #2463: I can’t believe it’s been fifteen years since I held up the world! This excerpt from my book Cool Creatures, Hot Planet: Exploring the Seven Continents explains the shot: I had a debt to pay for our successful Antarctica landing. Besides Shackleton and Neptune, another larger-than-life being had been […]

Northern California Coast

Northern California Coast

Marty’s photo of the day #2462: Today we go scenic with a photo I took several years ago while on a speaking tour in northern California.

Vervet monkey

Vervet monkey

Marty’s photo of the day #2461: This is a vervet monkey, photographed in Zimbabwe.

Writing fiction is more scary than writing nonfiction

Writing fiction is more scary than writing nonfiction

Now that I have written two nonfiction nature-travel books and one science-fiction political-comedy, I have to say that writing fiction is more fun than nonfiction, but also more frightening. With “Cool Creatures, Hot Planet: Exploring the Seven Continents” and “Endangered Edens,” I was pretty much limited to telling stories of adventures that I had already […]

Jesus Christ, they are fast!

Jesus Christ, they are fast!

Marty’s photo of the day #2460: This is a young Jesus Christ lizard, ready to make his on-top-of-the-water run. The lizards do their run on their hind legs and are hilarious to watch. (Photographed in Costa Rica. From my book, Endangered Edens: Exploring the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Costa Rica, the Everglades, and Puerto Rico.)

The Golden Age of Right-Wing Cultism

The Golden Age of Right-Wing Cultism

There’s no point in holding back: Republicans are gullible and stupid! In this morning’s Missoulian, Montana Republican State Senator Albert Olszewski accused the Democrats of holding our military ransom for almost a decade. How much money do we need to give our military? We already spend more on defense than the next nine most powerful […]

A bird with personality

A bird with personality

Marty’s photo of the day #2459: This is Frog, a frogmouth bird I made friends with in Australia. He’s a rescue animal, who can no longer fly. What he lacked in flight ability, he made up for with personality.

Thoughts and prayers

Thoughts and prayers

Thoughts and Prayers: Thought: If the United States truly is the greatest country in the world, it must flip-off the NRA and the ammosexuals and follow Australia’s lead with respect to guns. Prayer: Hey, God. You’ve chosen to ignore the millions of prayers to stop senseless mass shootings, and you haven’t resurrected even a single […]

What you won’t see with the naked eye

What you won’t see with the naked eye

Marty’s photo of the day #2458: One of the things I love about photography is that it helps me see items that I wouldn’t notice with the naked eye. We’ve all seen Canadian geese, but have you ever seen water droplets bead up on their chests? When I took this photo the lighting was perfect, […]

Republicans: What is wrong with you people?

Republicans: What is wrong with you people?

Hey Republicans! Answer me this: Why is it that when it comes to protecting our children from mass shooters (a real threat) that “thoughts and prayers” are all you are willing to give, yet when it comes to protecting our country from foreign invasion (an imagined threat) you think that spending more on our military […]

The giant moths are coming!

The giant moths are coming!

Marty’s photo of the day #2457: I photographed this giant moth while night-hiking on the island of Borneo. Fortunately, it was unsuccessful at picking me up and carrying me to its lair.

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