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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South America’s tip

South America’s tip

Marty’s photo of the day #2985: What does the tip of South America look like, when you approach it via boat, from Antarctica? Now you know!

The night orchid

The night orchid

Marty’s photo of the day #2984: I photographed this orchid in Costa Rica and spent a bit of time afterwards trying to identify it. The few similar flowers I found on the internet were simply called “purple and yellow orchids.” In other words, those who posted images before me had no idea what its name […]

Watching platypuses

Watching platypuses

Marty’s photo of the day #2983: This morning I realized that I hadn’t posted a photo from Australia for a while, and as I was flipping through my shots, I spotted this somewhat artsy one of Deb sitting along the river. But why was she there? It took me a moment before I remembered: she […]

Bring on the storm!

Bring on the storm!

Marty’s photo of the day #2982: The coast of Antarctica on a stormy day.

Baby bison and the river crossing

Baby bison and the river crossing

Marty’s photo of the day #2981: This is a mother and baby bison, after swimming across a river in Yellowstone National Park. The baby was not at all happy about their adventure.

The curious chick

The curious chick

Marty’s photo of the day #2980: We had a strict rule on our Antarctica expedition: we could not approach any animal closer than fifteen feet. The animals, on the other hand, didn’t have such rules, and they could approach us as close as they wanted to. In this photo, a curious gentoo penguin chick has […]

Long-eared owl comedian

Long-eared owl comedian

Marty’s photo of the day #2979: “So Donald Trump, Adolf Hitler, and Joseph Stalin walk into a bar, and the bartender says to Donald, ‘I asked you to bring in two people who could vouch for your integrity, and that’s the best you can do?’”

Flight of the calliope

Flight of the calliope

Marty’s photo of the day #2978: People liked yesterday’s calliope hummingbird “sitting portrait,” so today I’m featuring that same beautiful girl in flight.

In the eye of a hummingbird

In the eye of a hummingbird

Marty’s photos of the day #2977: Yesterday a calliope hummingbird landed in a tree near where I was standing. I watched her for a moment, then hurried into the house to grab my camera. She was still there when I returned, and I took a few photos before she moved to the garden to feed […]

Concerts, concerts, concerts!

Concerts, concerts, concerts!

Marty’s photo of the day #2974: This is Deb and me at the KettleHouse Amphitheater, before last night’s Berlin, Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark (OMD), and B-52s concert. Although I prefer solo headline shows—because the bands go deeper into their music, play longer, and tend to interact more personally with their audience—Deb and I have […]

Zebra x 3

Zebra x 3

Marty’s photo of the day #2974: We go to Zimbabwe for today’s zebra photograph. Zebras are skittish animals and difficult to sneak up on. More often than not, I’d work really hard to get close only to have them take off as soon as I aimed my camera. I felt for the lions, as they, […]

The wind in your ears

The wind in your ears

Marty’s photo of the day #2973: This is Annie—the best dog I’ve ever had—in a photo I took more than fifteen years ago. Deb and I had climbed to the top of a mountain in southern Montana, while Annie climbed it multiple times, saying, “Come on! Come on!” The view at the top was stunning […]

The Jago River

The Jago River

Marty’s photo of the day #2972: You are looking at the Jago River in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Here the river is frozen, but a few miles to the north, the river drops onto the Arctic Coastal Plain and begins to flow. That’s where Deb and I got into a canoe and paddled the […]

Inside Deb’s Lavender Patch, Pt 4

Inside Deb’s Lavender Patch, Pt 4

Marty’s photo of the day #2971: Today is part four of my four-part series, “Inside Deb’s Lavender Patch.” Today’s critter took a bit of research to learn what it is. Is it a butterfly? Is it a moth? No, it’s a silver-spotted skipper! Thanks to Deb for the ID. Should anything else interesting show up […]

My deal for Trump-Christians

My deal for Trump-Christians

Well it happened: Donald Trump has officially offered his thoughts and prayers for this weekend’s mass shooting victims. And as you know, prominent Christians, such as Pat Robertson and Sarah Huckabee Sanders, have publicly stated that Trump was “God’s choice” for president—and millions of conservative Christians have agreed. If Trump was indeed sent by God, […]

Inside Deb’s Lavender Patch, Pt 3

Inside Deb’s Lavender Patch, Pt 3

Marty’s photo of the day #2970: Today is part three of my four-part series, “Inside Deb’s Lavender Patch.” This was originally a three-part series, but I added an additional segment when another colorful creature paid a visit to Deb’s patch. In fact, with all the biological diversity around our house, I can’t rule out another […]

After each mass shooting in America . . .

After each mass shooting in America . . .

After each mass shooting in America, Republicans offer thoughts and prayers. After each Republican prayer session, God answers, “I gave you Australia as an example of how to stop mass shootings. Follow them and they will go away.” Republicans respond, “I can’t quite hear you God. But I think you said we need more high-capacity […]

Stop treating the Second Amendment like the Bible!

Stop treating the Second Amendment like the Bible!

It’s time to stop treating the Second Amendment like the Bible, where leaders conveniently interpret it to match their political viewpoint. The United States has endured two major mass shootings in 24 hours, and neither shooter was a member of a “well-regulated militia.” Republicans, conservative Christians, and Donald Trump all claim to be pro-life, but […]

Inside Deb’s Lavender Patch, Pt 2

Inside Deb’s Lavender Patch, Pt 2

Marty’s photo of the day #2969: Today is part two of my three-part series, “Inside Deb’s Lavender Patch.” Did you know that there are 28 species of bee in Montana? Of course, since President KKKlueless sees bees as a “liberal insect,” he is doing his best to reduce their numbers in Montana and everywhere else. […]

Inside Deb’s Lavender Patch, Pt 1

Inside Deb’s Lavender Patch, Pt 1

Marty’s photo of the day #2968: Today I’m starting a three-part series called “Inside Deb’s Lavender Patch.” My favorite butterflies, the pine whites, are at their peak this week, with thousands flying around our house. In the summer, I move my office to the front porch, where I always have music playing. Although I know […]

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