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

Not just Dr. Evil, evil

Not just Dr. Evil, evil

There are many similarities between Donald Trump and evil dictators. I noticed one this week, when reports surfaced that Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un of North Korea had his special envoy to the United States, Kim Hyok Chol, executed because of last February’s failed summit with Trump. Coincidentally, White House staffers made sure the warship USS […]

Bottlenose Dolphin

Bottlenose Dolphin

Marty’s photo of the day #2907: Today’s bottlenose dolphin photo is from my second book, Endangered Edens: Exploring the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Costa Rica, the Everglades, and Puerto Rico.

Fred the Eyelash Viper

Fred the Eyelash Viper

Marty’s photo of the day #2906: Today’s photo is from my second book, Endangered Edens: Exploring the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Costa Rica, the Everglades, and Puerto Rico. You are looking at Fred the Eyelash Viper. He lived on a large leaf just outside the front door of the cabin Deb and I rented in […]

Lake Garda

Lake Garda

Marty’s photo of the day #2905: Today we go a little artsy with a photo I took on Lake Garda in northern Italy. “Lago di Garda” is often is often associated with the arts, as it has a history of attracting artists, poets, and directors.

Swimming with curious sea lions

Swimming with curious sea lions

Marty’s photo of the day #2904: The other night Deb and I watched one of the BBC Planet Earth specials, where divers were swimming with sea lions off the coast of Alaska. That, of course, reminded me of our similar experience in the Sea of Cortez, and I had to dig up a photo that […]

Honor our soldiers . . . by cutting military funding

Honor our soldiers . . . by cutting military funding

Quick! Name one war following World War II, where you can say, “I’m so glad we fought that one! A lot of people died, but it was worth it.” So as America honors those who died in service of our country, perhaps the best way to honor them is to repurpose the military for its […]

Split Rock Lighthouse

Split Rock Lighthouse

Marty’s photo of the day #2903: This is the Split Rock Lighthouse, on Lake Superior, just north of where I lived until I was six, in Two Harbors, Minnesota. I spent the first twenty years of my life living on Lake Superior. When I lived in Duluth and worked in radio, two songs summed up […]

Conehead katydid

Conehead katydid

Marty’s photo of the day #2902: Here’s a conehead katydid, photographed in the Amazon Rainforest of Peru.

Beach dog: why photos are better than videos

Beach dog: why photos are better than videos

Marty’s photo of the day #2901: While both videos and pictures have their place, if I had to choose, I’d go with the latter. A single photo can bring back so many memories—so many emotions! This is a photo I took from the yurt Deb and I rented along the Sea of Cortez in Mexico […]

Amazon floodplain

Amazon floodplain

Marty’s photo of the day #2900: I haven’t posted a scenic photo for a while, so here’s one of the floodplain along the Amazon River in Peru.

Don’t Cry Mr. Trump Head

Don’t Cry Mr. Trump Head

When I woke up this morning Martyman and Mr. Trump Head were missing. I thought for sure that Martyman had taken Mr. Trump Head outside for some sick joke, like placing him under the tree where the wild turkeys roost each night. Then I heard this high pitched whine coming out of the bathroom. I […]

Take flight

Take flight

Marty’s photo of the day #2899: It’s artsy photo day! A female goldeneye duck takes flight on a partiality frozen lake in Yellowstone National Park.

When a bear and photographer meet in the woods

When a bear and photographer meet in the woods

Marty’s photo of the day #2898: I try not to post the same species too often, but there are so many photos that I love from the bear encounter while hiking in Yellowstone National Park that I can’t let languish on my hard drive. I had a lightweight telephoto lens on my camera when the […]

Politically correct gone wild

Politically correct gone wild

Marty’s photo of the day #2897: I frequently rant about conservatives, but today I’m going to rant about liberals. Specifically that small segment of vocal liberals who are so whiny and so PC that they make me want to puke. Here are some examples: Not too long ago, I booked my client, Emmy nominee Naomi […]

God prescribes abortions, and here’s proof!

God prescribes abortions, and here’s proof!

Since the abortion issue is going to be at the forefront of the news until the Republican Party goes the way of the mastodon, here’s a little reminder for conservative Christians who only read “God’s Greatest Hits” and ignore the unsavory parts of the Bible. Before stating your Christian beliefs as a reason for wanting […]

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.

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