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 May, 2019

Charades with Martyman

Charades with Martyman

Apparently, Martyman thinks Trump can kiss his ass,

The smaller of the two pythons

The smaller of the two pythons

Marty’s photo of the day #2896: This is me, with the smaller of the two African rock pythons that I caught in Zimbabwe. If you’re wondering why I am wearing a batting glove, it has nothing to do with the snake. On the day before I left for Africa, I spilled boiling, sticky sauce on […]

Arguing a woman’s right to choose.

Arguing a woman’s right to choose.

A few days ago, I wrote a commentary on the GOP, “God’s Own Party,” forcing their archaic abortion beliefs on women. I was shocked when multiple women posted comments, arguing that the United States should regress 46 years to the days of the coat hanger. I was even more shocked when one of them even […]

View from my writing room

View from my writing room

Marty’s photo of the day #2895: This was the view from the picture window in my writing room early this morning. The sun was rising on the opposite side of the house, making the trees glow, while Gash Peak was in the clouds. Sure Montana has twice elected a body-slammer Congressman, and we even sent […]

Brown pelicans in flight

Brown pelicans in flight

Marty’s photo of the day #2895: Here’s a photo from my second book, “Endangered Edens: Exploring the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Costa Rica, the Everglades, and Puerto Rico.” Brown pelicans in flight.

Imagine a frosty face

Imagine a frosty face

Marty’s photo of the day #2894: My favorite bison photos are those taken in the winter, when they are white with frost. I plan to go to Yellowstone National Park in the winter sometime soon. In the meantime, here’s an extreme close-up for you. Just imagine how much cooler he’d be with a frosty face.

Mother and foal

Mother and foal

Marty’s photo of the day #2893: Early each morning I go on a bike ride (I live on a steep mountain hill, so it’s my daily workout), and each morning brings me a new sight. It could be a bear, a moose, a deer, an elk, or even a groundhog. The last few mornings, I’ve […]

Evil in Alabama: GOP Christians to force raped women to carry fetuses to term

Evil in Alabama: GOP Christians to force raped women to carry fetuses to term

Alabama’s new total abortion ban will require women who get pregnant as a result of rape to carry that fetus to term. Any doctor helping that woman end her pregnancy can be sentenced to 99 years in jail. Now before you blame this solely on men, keep in mind that the Republican sponsor of the […]

Mammoth Hot Springs

Mammoth Hot Springs

Marty’s photo of the day #2892: Photographing Yellowstone National Park’s geological features in a way that is different from how everyone else does it is a challenge. This is Mammoth Hot Springs, one of the park’s must-sees. I did my best to make my photo unique, by capturing the hot springs and snow together and […]

The Jaws swim

The Jaws swim

Marty’s photo of the day #2891: Last week I posted two stories about the two pairs of goldeneye ducks I watched in Yellowstone National Park, fighting over a small open section of an ice-covered lake, so I won’t repeat them here. But this photo shows the most humorous part of the fight (no ducks were […]

My train of thought on the abortion ban sex strike

My train of thought on the abortion ban sex strike

My train of thought: When I first learned that actress Alyssa Milano was calling for a sex strike to protest the strict abortion bans passed by Republican-controlled legislatures, I thought, “Hey, great idea!” Then I thought: Such a strike would only affect liberal men like me, who respect a woman’s right to make choices for […]

Artsy hot springs

Artsy hot springs

Marty’s photo of the day #2888: I haven’t posted an artsy photo for a while, so here’s a close-up of the cooling water from one of the geothermal vents at Mammoth Hot Springs in Yellowstone National Park.

Happy Mother’s Day

Happy Mother’s Day

Marty’s photo of the day #2887: Happy Mother’s Day! (Photographed last weekend in Yellowstone National Park)

Dear World: Sorry, but we’re no longer . . .

Dear World: Sorry, but we’re no longer . . .

Dear World: When I was in grade school, my teachers taught me that we here in the United States were the “good guys,” and I believed them. Now, as a freethinking adult, I know that’s not the case—at least not now. In fact, under acting-president Trump and his cult of deplorables, we’ve quite literally become […]

The prettier bear

The prettier bear

Marty’s photo of the day #2886: Yesterday, I shared a story about essentially hiking into two black bears in a narrow Yellowstone National Park valley. The photo (see #2885) with that post showed the male bear, with a black coat. This photo shows his companion, with a brown coat. This bear didn’t stand up to […]

Bear-ly too close

Bear-ly too close

Marty’s photo of the day #2885: Last weekend, in Yellowstone National Park, we were going to hike up an old-favorite closed road that Deb and I had hiked before. Then I spotted an unmarked trail going off to the side and suggested we follow it instead. The trail went into a narrow valley and eventually […]

Trump fans take note!

Trump fans take note!

When I published Time Is Irreverent, conservative Christian Republicans were furious with how I depicted them. Hell, I even suggested that the theocracy coming out of the reign of “President Handley” would advocate shooting brown people crossing the border from Mexico. Then, last night, while Donald Trump was whining at a rally about brown people […]

Goldeneye battle royal Pt 2

Goldeneye battle royal Pt 2

Marty’s photo of the day #2884: Here’s another from the goldeneye duck battle royal I photographed last Saturday after hiking to Trout Lake in Yellowstone National Park. At first I was disappointed, because the lake was frozen, and we saw no signs of wildlife. But at the far end of the lake was a small […]

The pronghorn with the curly eyebrows

The pronghorn with the curly eyebrows

Marty’s photo of the day #2885: While in Yellowstone National Park this past weekend, I had two experiences where I stood stationary while an animal approached closer and closer, to the point that I’d never before been so close to that species in the wild. Later this week, I’ll share the bear close encounter. Today, […]

The cooperative coyote

The cooperative coyote

Marty’s photo of the day #2884: While in Yellowstone National Park this past weekend, I saw a wolf at the top of a mountain, looking down on two grizzly bears with a kill. The wolf was gone before I could focus my camera, and the grizzlies were beyond the effective range on my telephoto lens. […]

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