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 October, 2018

A Rodent’s Last View

A Rodent’s Last View

Marty’s photo of the day #2702: For Halloween, I thought I’d post the scariest photo in my collection. . . . Okay, you can’t see that one because, well, I’m in it. Okay, this one. . . . No, I’m in that one too. Humph. . . . Okay this is the scariest photo that […]

Along the Antarctica coast

Along the Antarctica coast

Marty’s photo of the day #2701: Iceberg along the coast of Antarctica.

White Ibis

White Ibis

Marty’s photo of the day #2700: This is a white ibis, photographed in the Everglades. This picture is also featured in my second book, Endangered Edens: Exploring the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Costa Rica, the Everglades, and Puerto Rico.

Tiny Donald Trump and his childish vendetta

Tiny Donald Trump and his childish vendetta

Tiny Trump* is coming to Montana for the fourth time to campaign against Senator Jon Tester. Only two weeks ago, he was in Missoula; now he’s going to Bozeman. Additionally, he’s sent Mike Pence here twice and Tiny Trump Jr. has practically lived in Montana for the last several months. Montana is a sparsely populated […]

Front yard elk

Front yard elk

Marty’s photo of the day #2699: Deb and I own 25 wooded acres, surrounding our house. Although we see animals every single day, we also miss a lot of them. Lately we’ve been seeing tons of fresh elk poo, but no elk. That changed this morning, when Deb spotted a herd of six or more […]

Bizarre in Borneo

Bizarre in Borneo

Marty’s photo of the day #2698: Here’s one of the more bizarre creatures I found on the island of Borneo: a saddleback caterpillar.

Sneaking up on impalas

Sneaking up on impalas

Marty’s photo of the day #2697: Photographer sneaks up to impalas. Impalas say, “Even that fat, old, deaf lion can do better than that!” (Photographed in Zimbabwe)

Occam’s razor solves the pipe bomb case!

Occam’s razor solves the pipe bomb case!

While the FBI tries to figure out who mailed the pipe bombs to Democrats, I will solve the case for them, using Occam’s razor (when presented with competing hypotheses to solve a problem, one should select the solution with the fewest assumptions).   Let’s examine the obvious clues:   1) The recipients were on Donald […]

What republicans mean by “unity”

What republicans mean by “unity”

On the heels of pipe bombs sent to prominent liberals, Donald Trump feigned outrage and called for national unity. Then, after realizing he let down his cult, he tweeted, “A very big part of the Anger we see today in our society is caused by the purposely false and inaccurate reporting of the Mainstream Media […]

Don’t confuse the baboon with the buffoon

Don’t confuse the baboon with the buffoon

Marty’s photo of the day #2696: Chacma baboons are the world’s largest baboons. They should not be confused with Trumpma buffoons, the world’s largest buffoons. Photographed in Zimbabwe.

Waterbuck

Waterbuck

Marty’s photo of the day #2695: This is a waterbuck. Photographed in Zimbabwe.

The deadliest snake in the western hemisphere

The deadliest snake in the western hemisphere

Marty’s photo of the day #2694: Fer-de-lances are the deadliest snakes in the western hemisphere, but they aren’t the most venomous. Others, such as bushmasters, have venom that is more potent. Fer-de-lances kill more people, because they blend in so well with the leaf litter on the forest floor and readily bite if stepped on […]

Turkey vulture

Turkey vulture

Marty’s photo of the day #2693: This turkey vulture was perched on a tall cactus, located on the Baja Peninsula of Mexico. Over approximately twenty minutes, I stealthily approached to get close enough for this shot.

Damn branch!

Damn branch!

Marty’s photo of the day #2692: This is one of the many toucan photos I shot while hiking in the Costa Rican rainforest. Photographing birds in the rainforest is difficult, because they are often skittish, and branches, like the one at the bottom of this photo, just love to jump in the way at the […]

Oh, you’re venomous. Don’t bite!

Oh, you’re venomous. Don’t bite!

Marty’s photo of the day #2691: In this photo from Costa Rica, I’m holding a brown blunt-headed vine snake. The snake is rear-fanged-venomous, but not deadly. Besides, why would such a cute little thing want to bite me? Actually, just like the venomous cute little banded coral snake from Borneo that actually did bite me, […]

Costa Rican Sunset

Costa Rican Sunset

Marty’s photo of the day #2690: Sunset in Costa Rica.

Scarlet macaws

Scarlet macaws

Marty’s photo of the day #2689: Photographing scarlet macaws was one of my goals when I was in Costa Rica. I’d often hear the birds, but they stayed out of sight. Then, on my last morning in the country, I was walking the beach and heard their squawking in the distance. I aimed at a […]

Borneo’s sensitive plant

Borneo’s sensitive plant

Marty’s photo of the day #2688: Here’s a sensitive plant that I photographed in Borneo. Touch the leaves, and they will curl up for a minute.

I’d eat you if I could

I’d eat you if I could

Marty’s photo of the day #2687: This is Cub, a semi-wild Canada lynx I had the privilege of photographing in my backyard several years ago. The photo shoot encompassed the entire range of cat emotions, from “I’d eat you if I could” to this one of “I’m bored now. Wake me up when it’s time […]

Pig-tailed macaque

Pig-tailed macaque

Marty’s photo of the day #2686: This is a pig-tailed macaque. Photographed on the island of Borneo.

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