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, 2021

Nellie and Wilson

Nellie and Wilson

Marty’s photo of the day #3621: I’ve been having fun this weekend with my new camera, which shoots up to 60 frames-per-second. That fast is overkill, so I slowed it down to 10 fps to shoot Nellie running toward me with “Wilson,” her new favorite ball. (I found Wilson when cleaning out the garage on […]

Republican bigots

Republican bigots

Here’s how we know Republicans are bigots: Barack Obama wore a tan suit—just like white president, Ronald Reagan—and Republicans turned it into days of ridicule. “There’s no way, I don’t think, any of us can excuse what the president did yesterday. I mean, you have the world watching.”—Peter King, Republican Representative, NY Michelle Obama showed […]

Marigold

Marigold

Marty’s photo of the day #3620: Marigold with a bonus spider.

Camera nerd weekend

Camera nerd weekend

Marty’s photo of the day #3619: Deb, Nellie, and I have a backpacking trip planned for this summer as well as a fall trip to the very top of Canada. I usually carry a small pocket camera along with a Canon DSLR with several lenses. Our upcoming adventures served as an excuse to buy a […]

Black rhino in the bush

Black rhino in the bush

Marty’s photo of the day #3618: Sometimes getting an unobstructed portrait is just not possible. In this case, I’m photographing a rare black rhino, lounging in the bush. I never saw more of the animal than you can see in this photo, because any disturbance would bring the rhino to his feet in a charge. […]

Note the rare sighting of . . .

Note the rare sighting of . . .

Marty’s photo of the day #3617: This is the Yukon River in the Yukon Territory of Canada. Note the rare sighting of a wild golden retriever, in its natural habitat.

Fred the eyelash viper

Fred the eyelash viper

Marty’s photo of the day #3617: This is Fred, a baby eyelash viper. He hung out on a large leaf, near the front door of our cabin, the entire time Deb and I were in Costa Rica.

Fitger’s Inn, now and in 2056

Fitger’s Inn, now and in 2056

Marty’s photo of the day #3616: If you’ve read either Time Is Irreverent or Hits, Heathens, and Hippos: Stories from an Agent, Activist, and Adventurer, you know a little about Fitger’s. The historic Duluth landmark used to be the Fitger Brewing Company, but now it is a boutique hotel, a bookstore, and a collection of […]

Sunset in Spain

Sunset in Spain

Marty’s photo of the day #3615: The view from the balcony of Deb’s and my hotel room, on our anniversary, many years ago. We are looking at the Bay of Biscay, in Spain.

It’s a baby howler monkey!

It’s a baby howler monkey!

Marty’s photo of the day #3614: Here’s a little Sunday morning cuteness, as a baby howler monkey looks down from high in a tree. (Photographed in Costa Rica)

Peacock vs. . .

Peacock vs. . .

Marty’s photo of the day #3613: Peacock vs. turkey vs. piece of green foliage that leapt in front of my camera at the last second. Photographed at the “Essen Wildlife Refuge,” in Montana.

Hawking the truth

Hawking the truth

Marty’s photo of the day #3612: This is a “cheat-shot” of a red-tailed hawk that had been rescued and was living at a wildlife facility I spoke at. Oh, wait! Why am I being truthful? We live in the era of alternative facts, where if you tell a lie multiple times with conviction people will […]

Farmhouse bats

Farmhouse bats

Marty’s photo of the day #3611: Seba’s short-tailed bats, photographed in a tiny abandoned farmhouse, in the rainforest of Costa Rica.

Orangutans vs Republicans

Orangutans vs Republicans

Marty’s photo of the day #3610: While on the island of Borneo, I watched two baby orangutans comfort each other, when they wandered too far from the orangutan rehabilitation facility and became lost in the dark. Meanwhile, in Montana, our Republican governor and legislature have passed bills taking away women’s rights, taking away trans rights, […]

Mother Nature’s Revenge

Mother Nature’s Revenge

Marty’s photo of the day #3609: Mother Nature’s Revenge! These are the remains of an old Norwegian whaling station on Deception Island, off the coast of Antarctica. Much of the station is now buried in ash and mud from multiple volcanic eruptions.

Marshmallows in Hell

Marshmallows in Hell

Marty’s photo of the day #3608: Today we go artsy, with an image I call “Marshmallows in Hell.”

The spring moose

The spring moose

Marty’s photo of the day #3607: This photo is an hour old. Last night, Deb and I were taking part in our evening “porch” (our tradition of sitting on the front porch each evening with liquid refreshments, recapping the day’s events), when Deb spotted a black figure in the woods directly in front of us. […]

Orangutan close-up

Orangutan close-up

Marty’s photo of the day #3606: Here’s a big male orangutan, I photographed on the island of Borneo.

Montana GOP: Sic the dogs on ’em

Montana GOP: Sic the dogs on ’em

Marty’s photo of the day #3605: This year, with Republicans holding overwhelming power in every Montana state office, I wasn’t as active about speaking out against their actions as I have in the past. That’s because of the helplessness of knowing these cruel, proudly-Christian people were going to do whatever they damn well pleased, and […]

Bigfoot finally got out of the way

Bigfoot finally got out of the way

Marty’s photo of the day #3604: It’s been a while since I’ve posted anything from my front yard motion-sensing camera. Pictures over the winter have been pretty run-of-the-mill—just the usual bigfoot, D.B. Cooper, and naked Mitch McConnell shots. Finally, though, I got the deer portrait I had been aiming for!

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