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

Monthly archives for March, 2019

Big Bull

Big Bull

Marty’s photo of the day #2848: While hiking across Mana Pools National Park in Zimbabwe, I came across this great old bull elephant.

While Republicans chant “AOC sucks!” AOC does the decent thing

While Republicans chant “AOC sucks!” AOC does the decent thing

At Thursday’s Donald Trump rally in Michigan, the classy, thoughtful, intelligent, Jesus loving audience expressed appreciation that Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was fighting to give them better health care, better education, and a better environment. Who am I kidding? They actually expressed love for their cult leader, and when encouraged by Greasy Son of Cult Leader, broke […]

A different view of NYC

A different view of NYC

Marty’s photo of the day #2847: Because Republicans have never seen an education budget they didn’t want to cut (it’s much easier to fool uneducated voters), I don’t get hired to speak at colleges as often as I used to. I do, however, have some shows coming up: April 3 at South Dakota State University, […]

GOP and Toady Barr: have you no decency?

GOP and Toady Barr:  have you no decency?

This week’s Mueller Investigation events, as interpreted by Marty Essen: 1) Robert Mueller presents his report to Trump’s toady, William Barr. 2) Attorney General Toady takes the extensive Mueller report, ignores what might hurt Crybaby Trump, creates a four-page summary that the Crybaby and his cult can campaign on, and presents it to the House […]

The feet tell the story

The feet tell the story

Marty’s photo of the day #2846: Why am I posting a photo of Deb’s and my feet? If you’ve read my first book, “Cool Creatures, Hot Planet: Exploring the Seven Continents,” you know. We were only the third outsiders to ever hike deep into a section of Borneo’s rainforest. We lost our guide halfway through […]

Trump is in full asshole mode

Trump is in full asshole mode

So this week Crybaby Trump is in full asshole mode, attempting to take away health care for millions, trying to defund the Special Olympics, and declaring that Puerto Rico has received too much hurricane relief. This doesn’t surprise me. Trump is exactly the same uncaring, unethical, incompetent, criminal buffoon anyone with critical thinking ability knew […]

Flying lizard!

Flying lizard!

Marty’s photo of the day #2845: Look closely! Camouflaged on the tree is a flying lizard that I photographed on the island of Borneo. Flying lizards are difficult to spot and even more difficult to photograph. As soon as I’d get one of these shy creatures into focus, it would fling itself into the air […]

It’s not easy being a deer

It’s not easy being a deer

Marty’s photo of the day #2844: As many of you know, earlier this winter roughly three feet of snow buried my house. Now that the weather has warmed up, the snow has melted enough that I could finally trudge out into the woods in our side yard to check my motion-sensing camera. There wasn’t a […]

Trump is too stupid to collude

Trump is too stupid to collude

So Robert Mueller, a registered Republican, and Donald Trump’s own Republican attorney general, William Barr, apparently couldn’t find a reason to charge Donald Trump with colluding with Russia during the 2016 election. Now Republicans, including the crybaby himself, are demanding an apology. What if the president under investigation had been Obama and the people who […]

Great curassow

Great curassow

Marty’s photo of the day #2843: Today we go back to Costa Rica for this portrait of a male great curassow.

The crocodiles would . . .

The crocodiles would . . .

Marty’s photo of the day #2842: Here’s a scenic shot from northern Queensland, Australia. The crocodiles would like to encourage you to go for a swim.

Sunset in Costa Rica

Sunset in Costa Rica

Marty’s photo of the day #2841: Sunset in Costa Rica.

Saturday morning cuteness

Saturday morning cuteness

Marty’s photo of the day #2840: Here’s a little Saturday morning cuteness for you. (Mallard ducks, photographed in the Bitterroot Valley of Montana)

Roller coaster at sea

Roller coaster at sea

Marty’s photo of the day #2839: In this photo, I’m on the bridge of the Russian ship, the Professor Multanovskiy, sailing between Antarctica and South America. A storm has come up, and we are on a massive roller coaster ride—diving into wave troughs, climbing back atop the crest, and then doing it all over again. […]

The Republican love affair with DDT

The Republican love affair with DDT

Marty’s photo of the day #2838: I have a relative who is everything Donald Trump. Arguing with her is fruitless, but you would think some right-wing conspiracy theories would be so obviously wrong that even right-wingers could see it. One of the conspiracy theories she argues for is that Rachel Carson’s book “Silent Spring” was […]

A scene from Time Is Irreverent 2: Jesus Christ, Not Again!

A scene from Time Is Irreverent 2: Jesus Christ, Not Again!

Marty’s photo of the day #2837: Other than when Marty Mann and Nellie Dixon land on places like Pluto or the moon, I’ve been to the vast majority of the locations the two visited in the “Time Is Irreverent” series. After all, it’s easier to write vividly about places I’ve experience myself. In Time Is […]

Unicorns in the Bible

Unicorns in the Bible

Are unicorns in the Bible? Because I grew up with a conservative evangelical Christian father, I learned the Bible quite well—though not the passages he wanted me to learn. Instead, I learned passages that contradicted his passages, or at least his interpretation of them. Now, as an adult who writes satirical novels that include Jesus […]

Heermann’s Gull

Heermann’s Gull

Marty’s photo of the day #2836: This is a Heermann’s gull, photographed along the shore of the Sea of Cortez.

Your Monday morning scream

Your Monday morning scream

Marty’s photo of the day #2835: For everyone having one of those Mondays that just makes you want to scream. (Photographed in Zimbabwe)

Arctic lousewort

Arctic lousewort

Marty’s photo of the day #2834: Arctic lousewort, photographed in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

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