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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Great blue heron

Great blue heron

Marty’s photo of the day #3142: In-flight with a great blue heron.

Baby bison

Baby bison

Marty’s photo of the day #3141: Aw, baby bison! (Photographed in Yellowstone National Park)

Impeachment hearings: Fox News vs. MSNBC

Impeachment hearings: Fox News vs. MSNBC

While watching the impeachment hearings last night, I did a little switching back and forth between MSNBC and Fox News. Conservatives often justify Fox News by saying, “Well, the libtards have MSNBC.” But there really is a difference. For instance, unlike Fox News, MSNBC actually vets their stories and will come back with a correction […]

Fence-sitters: pay attention!

Fence-sitters: pay attention!

Marty’s photo of the day #3141: I’ve been watching the impeachment hearings—not with anticipation that the Republicans will suddenly discover ethics, but with the hope that Americans who normally don’t participate in politics will finally realize that the GOP is blocking witnesses and documents because they care about one thing, and one thing only: power. […]

Beware of the tussocks!

Beware of the tussocks!

Marty’s photo of the day #3140: I took this photo while hiking in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Far in the distance (about 30 miles), is the Arctic Ocean. Hiking on the tundra is tricky, because the tussocks (clumps of grass) are unstable, and if you step on them wrong, you can sprain or break […]

Southern France

Southern France

Marty’s photo of the day #3139: Sunset in Southern France.

Puerto Rican crabs have their limits

Puerto Rican crabs have their limits

Marty’s photo of the day #3138: “I can handle almost anything. Just get rid of the psychopath with the paper towels!” (Photographed in Puerto Rico)

Lion in the bush

Lion in the bush

Marty’s photo of the day #3137: When you’re out in the African bush, you never know what animals are watching you. There could be skittish impalas or hungry hyenas. Or, in this case, a young lioness who is sure you can’t see her. (Photographed in Zimbabwe)

Bad grass

Bad grass

Marty’s photo of the day #3136: You know that face people make when they eat a bad peanut? I think this elk just ate a bad piece of grass. (Photographed in Yellowstone National Park)

Borneo at nightt

Borneo at nightt

Marty’s photo of the day #3135: Whether Deb and I were in the rainforests of Peru, Costa Rica, Borneo, or Australia, night hikes were always among the best parts of our adventures. Each night, after dark, we’d head out looking for snakes, frogs, lizards, arachnids, and insects that looked like they were from another planet. […]

When an elephant charges

When an elephant charges

Marty’s photo of the day #3134: I photographed this elephant on the island of Borneo. The following excerpt from my first book, Cool Creatures, Hot Planet: Exploring the Seven Continents, describes the event: I crept down the road to where the elephants had entered the forest. Their path cut straight through the thick foliage. I […]

Dogs don’t understand art

Dogs don’t understand art

Marty’s photo of the day #3133: Years ago, Deb and I spent a weekend at a Forest Service cabin, somewhere in Montana. As we were cleaning up to leave, I got the idea to try and do a Montana version of the American Gothic painting. Rule #1: Dogs don’t understand art and will destroy every […]

Moo in Spanish

Moo in Spanish

Marty’s photo of the day #3132: I know what you’re thinking: “Oh, it’s just a cow.” But when I was a teenager in northern Minnesota—just getting into photography—I took a lot of cow photos. No one could understand why—and that was probably the reason I did it. Anyway, years later, I still photograph the occasional […]

Batty photography

Batty photography

Marty’s photo of the day #3131: The following excerpt from my second book, Endangered Edens: Exploring the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Costa Rica, the Everglades, and Puerto Rico, describes the shot: When we planned our hike to the farmhouse, I immediately thought of the two-story farmhouse my grandparents had owned in northern Minnesota. I knew […]

The Salmon River, Alaska

The Salmon River, Alaska

Marty’s photo of the day #3130: Annie checks out the Salmon River, just a few miles below the Salmon Glacier. The location is in Alaska, not far from the British Columbia border.

Looking out from Antarctica

Looking out from Antarctica

Marty’s photo of the day #3129: I was standing on Antarctica when I took this photo, looking out at our tiny ship, the Professor Multanovskiy. Huge snowflakes filled the air—what a magical day!

Australian caves

Australian caves

Marty’s photo of the day #3128: When I was in Australia, one of my goals was to find a cave-dwelling Children’s python. I never found the snake, but exploring Australia’s caves was still a fun—and sometimes claustrophobic—experience.

A ball-sucking glacier!

A ball-sucking glacier!

Marty’s photo of the day #3127: In this photo, Deb is at the top (elevation 4,300 feet) of the Salmon Glacier in Alaska. It’s the fifth largest glacier in North America. The following excerpt from my first book, Cool Creatures, Hot Planet: Exploring the Seven Continents, describes our adventure: Unlike other mountain roads I’ve driven, […]

More dangerous than the animals

More dangerous than the animals

Marty’s photo of the day #3126: A five-foot-long, mildly-venomous, lace monitor next to a river filled with large salt-water crocodiles. “Danger! Danger! Danger!” Photographed in Australia, where global warming is much more dangerous than the animals.

As big as I dare

As big as I dare

Marty’s photo of the day #3125: This is me and the biggest snake I will ever catch: an 11-foot-long African Rock Python. And unlike the Trump bothers, who kill amazing animals in Africa, I let this python go shortly after this photo was taken. With any luck, the python will live for another twenty or […]

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