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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Brown blunt-headed vine snake

Brown blunt-headed vine snake

Marty’s photo of the day #3044: Here’s a photo from my second book, Endangered Edens: Exploring the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Costa Rica, the Everglades, and Puerto Rico. I’m holding a brown blunt-headed vine snake. Though mildly venomous, she wasn’t “bitey,” and even if she was, I doubt that she was big enough to break […]

The Democratic Debate

The Democratic Debate

I watched the Democratic presidential debate last night. I still like Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders (though Bernie-or-Busters practically ruin him for me), and Kamala Harris. Even so, there is no reason to make up my mind this early. I will say that on my scorecard Cory Booker made a giant leap up, and I thought […]

Too close for macaw

Too close for macaw

Marty’s photo of the day #3043: For me, this photo is more about victory than anything. During the week I was in Costa Rica, the macaws frustrated me. I could hear them, and sometimes I’d see them for a second or two as they flew through the rainforest. It wasn’t until my very last hike […]

Baby tamarin!

Baby tamarin!

Marty’s photo of the day #3042: This is me holding a tamarin. The two of us are in a tiny village along a tributary of the Amazon River. I can’t remember what we are looking at, but obviously it caught the attention of both of us. I’m going to guess and say that we were […]

Sunset on the Great Salt Lake

Sunset on the Great Salt Lake

Marty’s photo of the day #3041: I haven’t posted a sunset photo in a long time, so here’s one I took from Antelope Island, overlooking the Great Salt Lake.

Spanish Ibex

Spanish Ibex

Marty’s photo of the day #3041: This is a mother Spanish ibex and her kid. Need I say that I took this photograph in Spain?

A hippo custody battle

A hippo custody battle

Marty’s photo of the day #3040: Two days after Deb and I had been attacked by a hippo, we were in a fresh canoe on the Zambezi River and had to pass through a narrow channel. Blocking our way were two hippos fighting. Rather than risk losing another canoe to a hippo’s mouth, we pulled […]

Caribou

Caribou

Marty’s photo of the day #3039: Caribou in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

Looking into your soul

Looking into your soul

Marty’s photo of the day #3038: This is a white-faced capuchin monkey that I photographed in Costa Rica. Doesn’t it feel like her eyes are looking right into your soul?

Republican hypocrisy in a nutshell

Republican hypocrisy in a nutshell

For years Republicans have rejected the argument that our Founding Fathers could never have envisioned high-capacity, rapid-fire guns when they wrote the Second Amendment. Conversely, they are now arguing in front of the Supreme Court that people of differing sexual orientations and identities can be fired from their jobs—because the lawmakers who wrote the Civil […]

Jesus Christ, the lizard

Jesus Christ, the lizard

Marty’s photo of the day #3037: This is a Jesus Christ lizard that I photographed in Costa Rica. They get their name because when they are small they can run across rivers and ponds on their hind legs. Big adults, like this one, sink.

Trump’s strategy on impeachment

Trump’s strategy on impeachment

As near as I can tell, this is the Trump Administration’s strategy in a nutshell: 1) Block testimony and refuse to cooperate in any way with the House impeachment inquiry, forcing the Democrats to impeach based solely on obstruction. 2) When the Senate hearings start, Trump lawyers will then say, “The House Democrats were politically […]

Ketchup gets no respect

Ketchup gets no respect

Marty’s photo of the day #3036: I took this photo in a tiny town in western Spain. The below excerpt from my first book, Cool Creatures, Hot Planet: Exploring the Seven Continents, explains the significance of the shot—and how a simple request can offend an entire country and get you fired: We ambled back to […]

The painted dog pack

The painted dog pack

Marty’s photo of the day #3035: There are only 3500 African painted dogs left in the world. In Zimbabwe, where I took this photo, there are only 700 African painted dogs left. Seeing 14 at once was truly a special moment.

Bald Eagle

Bald Eagle

Marty’s photo of the day #3034: Bald eagle. Photographed in the Bitterroot Valley of Montana.

Poison Dart Frog

Poison Dart Frog

Marty’s photo of the day #3033: Poison dart frog. Photographed in the Amazon Rainforest of Peru.

My favorite baseball story

My favorite baseball story

Marty’s photo of the day #3032: In honor of the Minnesota Twins being back in the playoffs tonight (vs. the dreaded Yankees), I thought I’d share one of my favorite Twins stories. Deb and I were living in Minneapolis in 1991, and we scored last-minute tickets to the most exciting World Series game ever played: […]

Osprey at work

Osprey at work

Marty’s photo of the day #3031: This is an osprey, carrying some nesting material, or making off with a patch of Donald Trump’s hair. I’m not sure which. (Photographed in the Bitterroot Valley of Montana)

Lost in Spain

Lost in Spain

Marty’s photo of the day #3030: This is one of the many mountain villages Deb and I drove past while exploring northern Spain for the Europe chapter of Cool Creatures, Hot Planet: Exploring the Seven Continents. If I remember correctly, we were lost when I took this photo. Then again, we just needed to make […]

Amazon tree boa camouflage

Amazon tree boa camouflage

Marty’s photo of the day #3029: Amazon tree boa, photographed in the Amazon Rainforest of Peru.

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