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 February, 2020

Not as close as it looks

Not as close as it looks

Marty’s photo of the day #3173: Beware! Objects are farther than they appear. This is a great example of how a photo can compress a scene. I captured this image while standing on the outskirts of the village of Zermatt, Switzerland. It looks like you could hike to the Matterhorn in a matter of minutes. […]

Central America agouti

Central America agouti

Marty’s photo of the day #3172: This unusual rodent that I photographed in Costa Rica is called a Central American agouti. Adults weigh about nine pounds.

Colorful bamboo

Colorful bamboo

Marty’s photo of the day #3171: I hadn’t realized how brightly colored bamboo could be, until I saw it growing wild in the rainforests of Borneo.

Flipper is a stupid name

Flipper is a stupid name

Marty’s photo of the day #3170: Today I’m featuring a photo from my second book, Endangered Edens: Exploring the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Costa Rica, the Everglades, and Puerto Rico. It’s a bottlenose dolphin, photographed in Costa Rica. And no, his name was not Flipper. It was Hey-You. As Hey-You deftly pointed out to me, […]

Giving Atlas a break

Giving Atlas a break

Marty’s photo of the day #3169: I can’t believe it was seventeen years ago today that Deb and I stepped onto Antarctica! It seems like just a few years ago. At the time, we were among the first 100,000 people in the history of the world to step onto the continent. Since then that number […]

Sea lion swimming lesson

Sea lion swimming lesson

Marty’s photo of the day #3168: I didn’t do well when this sea lion gave me a swimming lesson. I totally failed on the swimming upside-down while holding my breath for more than ten minutes part. (Photographed in the Sea of Cortez, Mexico)

It could be worse

It could be worse

Marty’s photo of the day #3167: For everyone up north who has to shovel their driveway over-and-over this winter: “Hey, it could be worse!” Icebergs along the coast of Antarctica.

What can I say?

What can I say?

Marty’s photo of the day #3166: What can I say about this guy, other than, “Jesus Christ, they make ’em big in North Carolina!”

Whipsnake

Whipsnake

Marty’s photo of the day #3165: Here’s a whipsnake that I photographed in the Amazon Rainforest of Peru.

Tiny waterfall

Tiny waterfall

Marty’s photo of the day #3164: I shot this photo several years ago, while on a speaking tour in Oregon. After my show, I headed to the ocean and hiked along the coast, exploring tide pools. You are looking at a tiny waterfall from one of those tide pools. It looks bigger than it really […]

The last ethical brain cell?

The last ethical brain cell?

Marty’s photo of the day #3163: No, this isn’t the last ethical brain cell in William Barr’s skull. That died on the day he was confirmed as U.S. Attorney General. Instead, you are looking at an extreme close-up of water from a hot spring in Yellowstone National Park.

Sharp close-up

Sharp close-up

Marty’s photo of the day #3162: I shot this cactus close-up on the Baja Peninsula in Mexico.

Finding the toucan

Finding the toucan

Marty’s photo of the day #3161: The following short excerpt is from my second book, Endangered Edens: Exploring the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Costa Rica, the Everglades, and Puerto Rico: As a writer, I know it’s my duty to add excitement here by spelling out the sound of the call—with lots of dashes and exclamation […]

Snow vs. Sand

Snow vs. Sand

Marty’s photo of the day #3161: As much as I enjoy winter (we got 5 inches of snow overnight), I’d enjoy being back on this Cape Tribulation beach even more. (Photographed in Queensland, Australia)

The logical Democratic presidential nominee is . . .

The logical Democratic presidential nominee is . . .

I took the New York Times Democratic candidate quiz, and for me it showed Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren tied at the top, followed by Pete Buttigieg and Amy Klobuchar. In a normal election I would agree with those results, but this is not a normal election. What the quiz did not ask was, “How […]

No compensating here

No compensating here

Marty’s photo of the day #3160: This isn’t a high-quality photo, because I took it at dusk and had to artificially boost the light afterward. Nevertheless, seeing a leopard in any light is an unforgettable experience. Note: Unlike the Trump brothers, who had to compensate for their inferiority by killing the leopard they saw in […]

The widest curtain of water on earth

The widest curtain of water on earth

Marty’s photo of the day #3159: I took this photo from the copilot’s seat of a bush plane. You are looking at Victoria Falls—the widest curtain of water on earth. (Photographed in Zimbabwe)

Wallaroo cuteness

Wallaroo cuteness

Marty’s photo of the day #3158: Deb holds Bonnie—a baby silver wallaroo. Bonnie was in her mother’s pouch when they were hit by a car. Bonnie survived and was eventually released back into the wild. (Photographed in Queensland, Australia)

Trump teaches children that revenge is okay

Trump teaches children that revenge is okay

The Christian-right gets their panties in a twist if two same sex people kiss on television—because “children are watching!” Knowing that, isn’t it ironic that they don’t get upset when their “champion,” Donald Trump, assaults women, calls people derogatory names, goes on a deranged rant at the National Prayer Breakfast, profits off of the presidency, […]

Zebra x 6

Zebra x 6

Marty’s photo of the day #3157: “Are you lookin’ at me?” There are six zebras in this photo, not five. Photographed in Zimbabwe.

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