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.

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The Aussie Fangs-O-Death

The Aussie Fangs-O-Death

Marty’s photo of the day #2937: Marty: “Look. It’s an Aussie fangs-o-death!” Deb: “Wow! She’s almost as big as my hand.” Marty: “Great idea! Put your hand behind her for size-comparison.” Deb: “Like this?” Marty: “No. Closer.” Deb: “Like this?” Marty: “Still not close enough.” Deb: (takes a deep breath) “How’s this?” Marty: (smirks) “Just […]

Rainy season kayaking

Rainy season kayaking

Marty’s photo of the day #2936: During the rainy season in the Amazon Rainforest, the waters rise practically beyond belief. In this photo, my wife, Deb, and friend Laurel are in a spot that would be solid ground in the dry season. And in many such places, we couldn’t touch bottom with our kayak paddles. […]

Yellow-billed stork

Yellow-billed stork

Marty’s photo of the day #2935: Here’s a yellow-billed stork that I photographed while backpacking across Mana Pools National Park in Zimbabwe.

Swimming with piranhas and electric eels

Swimming with piranhas and electric eels

Marty’s photo of the day #2934: The first time you do it, your heart beats a little faster, but this is Deb and me swimming with piranhas and electric eels in a south bank tributary of the Amazon River. While we were in the water, fishermen from the Yagua tribe were busy catching piranhas a […]

Flying snakes!

Flying snakes!

Marty’s photo of the day #2933: Is this a flying snake? While I was on the island of Borneo, I saw a flying squirrel, a flying frog, a flying lemur, and a gliding lizard. Flying snakes (technically they glide) exist on Borneo, but there are so many animals there that have yet to be properly […]

Apparently, it’s edible

Apparently, it’s edible

Marty’s photo of the day #2932: Yes, I know what you thought the instant you saw this. But it’s called “eyeball fungi.” I photographed it while backpacking with the Iban tribe on the island of Borneo. The Iban I was with at the time said that the fungi was edible, and I could try it […]

A baby bison’s first swim

A baby bison’s first swim

Marty’s photo of the day #2931: “Mom! Mom! This is not a good idea. I just saw a shark . . . or an alligator. No, the Loch Ness Monster!” (Photographed in Yellowstone National Park)

Hippo surprise!

Hippo surprise!

Marty’s photo of the day #2930: Early in our canoe trip down the Zambezi River in Zimbabwe, a hippo bit through the center of Deb’s and my canoe, lifted us six feet into the air, and—like a front end loader—dumped us on shore. Later, with us in a new canoe, more pissed-off hippos like this […]

Superdog!

Superdog!

Marty’s photo of the day #2929: I took this photo twelve or so years ago, using a film camera (proof, it’s not digitally altered). Annie will always be the best dog I’ve ever had, and yes—she successfully made the jump.

Martyman puts Mr. Trump Head where he belongs

Martyman puts Mr. Trump Head where he belongs

Marty’s photo of the day #2928: After reading this morning about a Trump Administration attorney arguing in Federal Court that the government shouldn’t be required to provide toothbrushes, soap, or beds for detained migrant children, Martyman did the only thing a liberal action figure could do: he locked Mr. Trump Head and the Republican Jesus […]

Music movies and the asshole manager

Music movies and the asshole manager

I began working at radio stations at the age of 13 and became a talent manager at the age of 21, so music has always been a big part of my life. Consequently, I rarely miss a music-oriented movie. In the past year I’ve seen the remake of A Star is Born, Bohemian Rhapsody, and […]

Larry the Alligator

Larry the Alligator

Marty’s photo of the day #2927: This is Larry the alligator. I spent a morning sitting with him when I was in the Everglades. Eventually Larry abandoned the old dirt road he was blocking and slipped into a pond, where he posed for this photo.

Max Kepler and my rare sports story

Max Kepler and my rare sports story

Marty’s photo of the day #2926: I rarely post on sports, but Deb and I have been Minnesota Twins fans ever since we lived in Minneapolis. We have some great memories, including attending game 7 of the 1991 World Series and screaming our lungs out as Jack Morris pitched the Twins to a 10-inning shutout […]

Female elephant seals

Female elephant seals

Marty’s photo of the day #2925: These are female elephant seals, molting. I photographed them on a tiny island off the coast of Antarctica.

Hiking away from the crowds

Hiking away from the crowds

Marty’s photo of the day #2924: Most people who go to Yellowstone National Park never leave the main roads. I think that’s great, because it makes it easy to hike away from the crowds. I photographed this black bear last month on one of those hikes.

Penguins say Happy Father’s Day, Mother’s Day, and LGBTQ Pride Month

Penguins say Happy Father’s Day, Mother’s Day, and LGBTQ Pride Month

Marty’s photo of the day #2923: Happy Father’s Day! One thing about penguins is that you can’t easily tell their sex by looks or behavior. Is this really a daddy penguin feeding his chick? Or is it a mommy penguin feeding her chick? I could use this same photo to wish people a Happy Mother’s […]

Bats in the farmhouse

Bats in the farmhouse

Marty’s photo of the day #2922: I took this photo in an abandoned farmhouse in the Costa Rican rainforest. This brief excerpt from my second book, Endangered Edens: Exploring the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Costa Rica, the Everglades, and Puerto Rico, details the shot: Entering the large, dark back room was intense. When I shined […]

Tiger swallowtail butterfly

Tiger swallowtail butterfly

Marty’s photo of the day #2921: I love butterflies! I photographed this tiger swallowtail butterfly in one of gardens around our house.

Heading up the Amazon

Heading up the Amazon

Marty’s photo of the day #2920: Laurel Pfund and Deb Essen—enjoying a beautiful day, heading up the Amazon River in Peru.

Looking the part

Looking the part

After I wrote Cool Creatures, Hot Planet: Exploring the Seven Continents and turned it into a college show, I realized that I was getting a bit heavy in my face. Since I’ve been a talent agent most of my life, and I was now agenting myself, I followed the advice I would give to any […]

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