Nature photography, political rants, and Martyman laughs from the ten-time award-winning author of "Cool Creatures, Hot Planet," "Endangered Edens," and "Time Is Irreverent."

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Big kitty in the sun

Big kitty in the sun

Marty’s photo of the day #2719: Even big kitties enjoy sprawling in a patch of sunshine.   I wish I could say that I hung out for days in a tree, just waiting for this jaguar to fall asleep under me. But alas this is technically a cheat shot. Although the jaguar is very much […]

Comb-crested agamid lizard claw

Comb-crested agamid lizard claw

  Marty’s photo of the day #2718: Here’s a photo from Borneo. It’s either the foot of a comb-crested agamid lizard or aliens have arrived. I’m not sure which.

Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

Marty’s photo of the day #2717: Here’s a scenic shot from the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. In this photo, I’m facing south, toward the Brooks Range, and the Arctic Ocean is to my back, about thirty miles away. This is way too far north for trees—so there’s nowhere to hide if you have to go […]

Belize howler monkey

Belize howler monkey

Marty’s photo of the day #2716: Previously, I’ve posted howler monkeys that I photographed in Costa Rica. Here’s a howler monkey that I photographed in Belize.

Ready for winter

Ready for winter

Marty’s photo of the day #2715: Here’s another elk photo from the motion-sensing camera in my “front yard.” All ready for winter. She looks so fuzzy and warm!

Which is better: nonfiction or fiction?

Which is better: nonfiction or fiction?

Most book authors either write nonfiction or fiction. I started out with nonfiction, publishing Cool Creatures, Hot Planet: Exploring the Seven Continents in 2006 and following up with Endangered Edens: Exploring the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Costa Rica, the Everglades, and Puerto Rico in 2016. After that I switched to fiction, publishing Time Is Irreverent in 2018 […]

Thorns

Thorns

Marty’s photo of the day #2714: A little color among the thorns. (Photographed in Mexico)

Trump and the GOP got their asses kicked

Trump and the GOP got their asses kicked

When you hear Donald Trump and the Republican Cult claim the Blue Wave didn’t happen, keep these figures in mind: Total Republican votes for House: 48,370,608 Total Democratic votes for House: 53,305,729 Total Republican votes for Senate: 34,260,424 Total Democratic votes for Senate: 47,886,605 Total Republican votes for Governor: 41,331,517 Total Democratic votes for Governor: […]

Five elk

Five elk

Marty’s photo of the day #2713: Can you spot all five elk? Actually, there are six, but one is directly behind the elk on the far right. For the last two weeks, anywhere from 35 to 70 elk have been hanging out on the 25 acres we own, surrounding our house. Unfortunately because of all […]

How to eat banana bread like a Martyman

How to eat banana bread like a Martyman

For the next week, Deb is on a huge cruise ship, heading for Mexico, and I’m home alone. My wife, being the big weaver-lebrity she is, is one of the featured speakers/teachers on a “Weaving at Sea Cruise.” She invited me to come along, but being on a ship with two thousand other people just […]

The world’s most beautiful brown bird

The world’s most beautiful brown bird

Marty’s photo of the day #2712: Of all the totally brown birds in the world, squirrel cuckoos get my vote for the most beautiful. I took this photo in Costa Rica. This image can also be found in my second book, “Endangered Edens: Exploring the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Costa Rica, the Everglades, and Puerto […]

The value of animals . . .

The value of animals . . .

Marty’s photo of the day #2711: At my college shows, I talk about the value of all animals—not only because of their value to nature, but also because of their value to humans. This moose is a great example. Obviously moose are important to the ecosystems they live in, and, also, they provide great value […]

Back to normal in the good old USA!

Back to normal in the good old USA!

I woke up thinking, now that all the election craziness is over, it will be nice to get back to normal for a while. I went on my morning bike ride, settled into my writing room, booted up my laptop, checked my emails, checked my overnight book sales, and maneuvered over to Huff Post. Greeting […]

Cactus wren nest

Cactus wren nest

Marty’s photo of the day #2710: Cactus wren nest, photographed in Mexico.

How do you see this photo?

How do you see this photo?

Marty’s photo of the day #2709: Today is going to be a day of celebration. We can finally resist Trump with real teeth! At the same time, the election was bittersweet, with key races across the country going to the Republicans. Here in Montana, Greg “The Body Slammer” Gianforte has defeated Kathleen Williams for the […]

What does Donald Trump want more than (almost) anything?

What does Donald Trump want more than (almost) anything?

Marty’s photo of the day #2708: There’s only one thing Tiny Trump wants more than dating Ivanka Trump, being best buddies with Kim Jong-un, golden showering with Vladimir Putin, and making women and minorities second class citizens—that’s defeating Montana’s Democratic Senator Jon Tester. Okay, maybe he wants to date Ivanka and shower with Vladimir a […]

The amazing Democratic rally

The amazing Democratic rally

Marty’s photo of the day #2707: This my wife, Deb, and me at the Democratic rally yesterday afternoon at the Rocky Mountain Grange in Hamilton, MT. For those who aren’t familiar with Hamilton, it’s a little town (population 4,728) in one of the most conservative counties in Montana. Senator Jon Tester, Governor Steve Bullock, and […]

The woman who will defeat the Body Slammer

The woman who will defeat the Body Slammer

This is me with Montana’s Democratic candidate for Congress, Kathleen Williams. For those of you who don’t know, Montana only gets one congress person, so winning the congressional race here is a big deal. You may remember two weeks ago, Donald Trump made international news when he praised Republican congressman Greg Gianforte for criminally body […]

The biggest Democrats in Montana

The biggest Democrats in Montana

Here they are, the three biggest Democrats in Montana at this moment: Congressional candidate Kathleen Williams, Governor Steve Bullock, and Senator Jon Tester. At this moment Kathleen Williams is tied in the polls with the infamous Republican congressman Greg “The Body Slammer” Gianforte, and Jon Tester is up three points over Matt “Little Trump” Rosendale. […]

Something to feel good about

Something to feel good about

Here’s something to make you feel good about Democratic prospects for Tuesday’s election. I live in Ravalli County, one of the most conservative counties in Montana. Senator Jon Tester, Governor Steve Bullock, and candidate for Congress Kathleen Williams showed up for a rally here yesterday afternoon. The place was packed, and cars were lined up […]

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