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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Antarctica cliff climbing?

Antarctica cliff climbing?

Marty’s photo of the day #2777: Anyone for a little cliff-climbing along the coast of Antarctica? But if you fall in, you won’t last long!

Monkey mischief

Monkey mischief

Marty’s photo of the day #2776: Why it’s not a good idea to walk directly underneath a white-faced capuchin monkey. The locals call those big round seeds “donkey balls.” (Photographed in Costa Rica)

Fur seal in the fog

Fur seal in the fog

Marty’s photo of the day #2775: Here’s a fur seal that I photographed on a foggy day, on an island near Antarctica. It didn’t seem like it at the time, but when I go back through my Antarctica photos now, I realize that it was a very foggy trip. Which was fine—it added to the […]

Speed to burn

Speed to burn

Marty’s photo of the day #2774: Here’s a trio of alert pronghorns. Once they start running, no one can catch them, as they’re the fastest land animal in the Western Hemisphere, and second fastest overall, behind the cheetah. Their top speed is roughly 55 MPH. (Photographed in Wyoming)

Orangutans, Americans, and Palm Oil

Orangutans, Americans, and Palm Oil

Marty’s photo of the day #2773: I photographed this orangutan on the island of Borneo. Every year, species survival grows more difficult for orangutans. The primary reason for this is habitat destruction to create oil palm plantations. While it’s easy to blame the local people for this, we in the United States and other developed […]

Knocking Tucker Carlson down a notch

Knocking Tucker Carlson down a notch

Today is day #5 of my weeklong final push for “Time Is Irreverent” on Amazon before the February release of the sequel, “Time Is Irreverent 2: Jesus Christ, Not Again!” At this moment my novel is an Amazon #1 Best Seller in both the Political Humor and Parodies categories. For the third time this year […]

Oh, no! Not another snake!

Oh, no! Not another snake!

Marty’s photo of the day #2772: Because I have some followers who are not fond of snakes, I generally avoid posting such photos close together. Since I posted a snake photo earlier this week, when I came across this photo I took of an Amazon tree boa in Peru, I almost passed it by to […]

Elephants!

Elephants!

Marty’s photo of the day #2771: Today we go to Zimbabwe, for a shot I took of a mother elephant and her adorable baby.

Close encounters of the duck kind

Close encounters of the duck kind

Marty’s photo of the day #2770: “Am I close enough for my portrait? I can move closer if you want.” (Mallard duck, photographed in Italy.)

Alligator vs Everglades Racer

Alligator vs Everglades Racer

Marty’s photo of the day #2769: I’ll let an excerpt from my second book, Endangered Edens: Exploring the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Costa Rica, the Everglades, and Puerto Rico, explain this shot: What’s that! My eyes widened. An Everglades racer was slithering past my knee, heading for the alligator. “This isn’t going to end well,” […]

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez—making Republicans so, so afraid.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez—making Republicans so, so afraid.

By making Democratic Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez their latest supervillain, the Republicans are unwittingly doing her a favor. She’s already more well-known than many who have served in congress for 30 or more years. I watched the Ocasio-Cortez interview on 60 Minutes last night, and she was poised and intelligent. She’s also on the correct side […]

Duck vs Swan

Duck vs Swan

Marty’s photo of the day #2768: I bet you’ve always wondered just how much bigger a swan is than a mallard duck. Now you know! (Photographed in Italy)

It Trump really a fascist?

It Trump really a fascist?

Is Donald Trump actually a fascist? Although I often criticize the incompetent twit, I’ve tried to avoid exaggerating by blatantly calling him a fascist. Then I saw this: “The Democrats could solve the Shutdown problem in a very short period of time. All they have to do is approve REAL Border Security (including a Wall), […]

Fall in British Columbia

Fall in British Columbia

Marty’s photo of the day #2767: Today we go with a scenic shot—fall in British Columbia.

Everglades surprise

Everglades surprise

Marty’s photo of the day #2766: Here’s a photo I took in the Everglades. I was hiking alone, when I heard some shuffling to my right. I cautiously parted a line of bushes to peer over a swampy pond. I expected to find an alligator looking at me, but instead it was this juvenile little […]

Winter should behave like winter

Winter should behave like winter

Marty’s photo of the day #2765: Having grown up in Minnesota, I enjoy the cold and snow of winter. Now that I live in Montana, all I ask of winter is that it behave like winter and stay below 32 degrees. But, thanks in large part to more than 30 years of Republican obstruction and […]

Do I have a monkey on my back?

Do I have a monkey on my back?

Marty’s photo of the day #2764: Hmm. . . . I’ve been walking around this Amazon Rainforest village for a while, and something just doesn’t feel right. Do I have a monkey on my back? Actually, this pygmy marmoset was a Yagua girl’s pet. I gave her a t-shirt in exchange for a few minutes […]

Swan Lake

Swan Lake

Marty’s photo of the day #2763: Today we return to wildlife photos but stay in Italy. One of my favorite days in the country was when Deb and I got away from the cities and the touristy things and spent an afternoon walking along Lake Maggiore in northern Italy. Since that was just seventeen days […]

Venice, part 2

Venice, part 2

Marty’s photos of the day #2762—today features Venice part two of two: I remember learning about Venice, when I was in high school, and being absolutely fascinated. Also, several years ago I stumbled upon a wonderful novel by Megan Chance, “Inamorata,” that took place in 19th century Venice. So when the Within Temptation concert enticed Deb […]

Venice, part 1

Venice, part 1

Marty’s photos of the day #2761: I remember learning about Venice, when I was in high school, and being absolutely fascinated. Also, several years ago I stumbled upon a wonderful novel by Megan Chance, “Inamorata,” that took place in 19th century Venice. So when the Within Temptation concert enticed Deb and me to travel to […]

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