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.

Posts by Marty Essen

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.

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 […]

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