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 November, 2018

Name that tree frog!

Name that tree frog!

Marty’s photo of the day #2730: This large frog, that I photographed in Peru, has many different names: gladiator tree frog, giant tree frog, giant gladiator tree frog, Hypsiboas boans, and Joe.

Stripe-throated hermit

Stripe-throated hermit

Marty’s photo of the day #2729: Stripe-throated hermit, photographed in Costa Rica.

A break from tear gas photos

A break from tear gas photos

Marty’s photo of the day #2728: This photo is for those who have had their hearts ripped out, witnessing children of asylum-seekers, crying in pain, due to Donald Trump’s tear gas. Here are some children from south of the border, just being kids, and having a great time. (Photographed in Iquitos, Peru)

Whimbrel and Willet

Whimbrel and Willet

Marty’s photo of the day #2727: Whimbrel and willet, photographed in Costa Rica.

Costa Rican Bamboo Palm

Costa Rican Bamboo Palm

Marty’s photo of the day #2728: I only saw one of these while hiking in the rainforest of Costa Rica, and I’ve had a hell of a time identifying it. I did a little more research this morning and am reasonably sure it’s a Costa Rican bamboo palm. The bees sure loved it.

Dolphin food

Dolphin food

Marty’s photo of the day #2727: This school of fish has taken to the air in an attempt to escape a pod of spotted dolphins. (Photographed along the coast of Costa Rica.)

A Christmas message from the Republican Jesus

A Christmas message from the Republican Jesus

Hey conservatives! Republican Jesus here. With Christmas on the way, and the possibility that you might meet a heathen, a gay, a lesbian, or an environmentalist, I want to remind you to stick to your G.O.D.S. (Yes, plural, just like it is in Genesis until we changed our minds and settled on the one god […]

Terns, terns, terns

Terns, terns, terns

Marty’s photo of the day #2726: Here’s a photo from my second book, Endangered Edens: Exploring the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Costa Rica, the Everglades, and Puerto Rico: Terns in the Sea of Cortez (Mexico).

Thumbs up

Thumbs up

Marty’s photo of the day #2725: I generally don’t post the same species two days in a row, but this orangutan gave me a thumbs up to do so today. (Photographed in Borneo)

Orangutan Thanksgiving

Orangutan Thanksgiving

Marty’s photo of the day #2724: Orangutan Thanksgiving. (Photographed in Borneo)

Second fastest animal

Second fastest animal

Marty’s photo of the day #2723: Here’s a pronghorn that I photographed in really nice light in Wyoming. Pronghorns can run 53 MPH, making them the second fastest land animal in the world (cheetahs are the fastest).

Snake calling

Snake calling

Marty’s photo of the day #2722: This is me, practicing my snake calling skills, with a seven-and-a-half foot-long African rock python. (Photographed in Zimbabwe)

Fall in the Yukon Territory

Fall in the Yukon Territory

Marty’s photo of the day #2721: Fall in the Yukon Territory.

Two humpbacks are better than one

Two humpbacks are better than one

Marty’s photo of the day #2720: What’s better than one humpback whale coming over to play? Two humpback whales coming over to play! (Photographed along the coast of Antarctica)

Big kitty in the sun

Big kitty in the sun

Marty’s photo of the day #2719: Even big kitties enjoy sprawling in a patch of sunshine.   I wish I could say that I hung out for days in a tree, just waiting for this jaguar to fall asleep under me. But alas this is technically a cheat shot. Although the jaguar is very much […]

Comb-crested agamid lizard claw

Comb-crested agamid lizard claw

  Marty’s photo of the day #2718: Here’s a photo from Borneo. It’s either the foot of a comb-crested agamid lizard or aliens have arrived. I’m not sure which.

Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

Marty’s photo of the day #2717: Here’s a scenic shot from the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. In this photo, I’m facing south, toward the Brooks Range, and the Arctic Ocean is to my back, about thirty miles away. This is way too far north for trees—so there’s nowhere to hide if you have to go […]

Belize howler monkey

Belize howler monkey

Marty’s photo of the day #2716: Previously, I’ve posted howler monkeys that I photographed in Costa Rica. Here’s a howler monkey that I photographed in Belize.

Ready for winter

Ready for winter

Marty’s photo of the day #2715: Here’s another elk photo from the motion-sensing camera in my “front yard.” All ready for winter. She looks so fuzzy and warm!

Which is better: nonfiction or fiction?

Which is better: nonfiction or fiction?

Most book authors either write nonfiction or fiction. I started out with nonfiction, publishing Cool Creatures, Hot Planet: Exploring the Seven Continents in 2006 and following up with Endangered Edens: Exploring the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Costa Rica, the Everglades, and Puerto Rico in 2016. After that I switched to fiction, publishing Time Is Irreverent in 2018 […]

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