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

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.

Kayaking the Amazon Rainforest

Kayaking the Amazon Rainforest

Marty’s photo of the day #2833: For most people, visiting the Amazon Rainforest during the rainy season is unthinkable. When I needed a very specific photo for my first book, “Cool Creatures, Hot Planet: Exploring the Seven Continents,” Deb and I returned to the Amazon for a rainy season visit. In comparing our dry season […]

Fall in the Yukon

Fall in the Yukon

Marty’s photo of the day #2832: Fall on a lonely road, in the Yukon Territory.

White-faced capuchin monkey

White-faced capuchin monkey

Marty’s photo of the day #2831: This short excerpt from my second book, Endangered Edens: Exploring the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Costa Rica, the Everglades, and Puerto Rico, explains this shot, taken in Costa Rica: Twice we had seen white-faced capuchin monkeys pass by our cabin. Both times, however, the monkeys were high in the […]

Costa Rican plungers

Costa Rican plungers

Marty’s photo of the day #2831: I bet you’ve always wondered. Where do plungers come from? I solved that mystery when I found them growing in the rainforest of Costa Rica.

Muskrat love

Muskrat love

Marty’s photo of the day #2830: Here’s a little Tuesday morning muskrat love. (Photographed in the Bitterroot Valley of Montana)

Okay, so we didn’t need a window table

Okay, so we didn’t need a window table

Marty’s photo of the day #2829: Several years ago, on our anniversary, Deb and I watched this sunset on the Bay of Biscay in northern Spain. Then we went to dinner at a fancy restaurant, making sure we had a window table so we could enjoy the view of . . . a very dark […]

Bad Martyman! Bad Martyman!

Bad Martyman! Bad Martyman!

Bad Martyman! Bad Martyman! My wife, Deb, is out of town, teaching weaving classes in Oregon. Those who follow my posts know that when she is gone, Martyman and I must fend for ourselves—and that invariably means making some banana bread to stretch my otherwise uncreative cooking. Well, today I had two loaves ready to […]

Hanging with the penguins

Hanging with the penguins

Marty’s photo of the day #2828: Hanging out with the gentoo penguins on one of the many islands off Antarctica’s coast.

Elizabeth Warren’s breakup proposal is a mistake

Elizabeth Warren’s breakup proposal is a mistake

I’m not a one-issue voter, but I’m disappointed that Elizabeth Warren called for the breakup of Amazon, Google, and Facebook. It feels kind of desperate to me. These are not like the Bell telephone companies that once had literal monopolies. Instead, they are on-line corporations that had competition from the beginning and just grew wildly […]

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