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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Heading to ANWR

Heading to ANWR

Marty’s photo of the day #3336: I took this photo from the co-pilot’s seat of a tiny airplane, heading north to the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. That would put me in northern Alaska, on the southern side of the Brooks Range.

Sharp-shinned hawk

Sharp-shinned hawk

Marty’s photo of the day #3335: This is a sharp-shinned hawk, photographed in the Bitterroot Valley of Montana.

A different meaning today

A different meaning today

Marty’s photo of the day #3334: Among my favorite photos to post are those that I took years ago that mean something different today. This is Dr. Michael Glassman, a friend I made on my Antarctica trip. Back then he was just staying warm. Today the photo means, “Be courteous and wear a fucking mask […]

The frequent moose visitor

The frequent moose visitor

Marty’s photo of the day #3333: This moose is a frequent visitor to the Essen Wildlife Refuge, surrounding Deb’s and house.

Virtual travel to Italy

Virtual travel to Italy

Marty’s photo of the day #3332: Americans aren’t welcome in many countries at this moment because we have a psychotic president who claims children are “virtually immune” to COVID-19. So let’s travel back to December 2008. This was the view from Deb’s and my hotel room in Venice, Italy.

The pelican dive

The pelican dive

Marty’s photo of the day #3331: This is a brown pelican in mid-dive. Photographed on the Sea of Cortez, Mexico.

Gopher tortoise

Gopher tortoise

Marty’s photo of the day #3330: Gopher tortoise, photographed in Florida.

The four bears

The four bears

Marty’s photo of the day #3329: Back in the year 2000, I could recognize seven bears that regularly spent time on the land Deb and I own surrounding our house. This year, I can recognize four different bears. I photographed this one yesterday. I was surprised to see him out in ninety-three degree weather, but […]

The Great Stupidity Purge of 2020

The Great Stupidity Purge of 2020

Let’s call the COVID-19 pandemic what it is: The Great Stupidity Purge of 2020. A key trait of conservatism/Republicanism is that once a person believes something is true, no evidence whatsoever will convince that person to change his/her mind. Consequently, those initial months of Donald Trump treating COVID-19 as nothing more serious than the flu […]

Gentoo penguin research

Gentoo penguin research

Marty’s photo of the day #3328: When Deb and I traveled to Antarctica, we stopped at a research station. In this photo from that stop, a gentoo penguin is hard at work, researching whether are not Deb’s nylon pants are edible.

What if Biden is delaying his VP pick because . . .

What if Biden is delaying his VP pick because . . .

Joe Biden won’t be announcing his vice presidential pick next week and instead will announce the week of August 9. I don’t ever remember so much anticipation for a VP pick. I think that’s because many of us are thinking long-term. The Republicans could be stuck sucking shit at the bottom of the outhouse for […]

The “brown” black bear

The “brown” black bear

Marty’s photo of the day #3327: I photographed this “brown” black bear while hiking in Yellowstone National Park a little over a year ago.

Pig-tailed macaque

Pig-tailed macaque

Marty’s photo of the day #3326: This is a pig-tailed macaque, photographed on the island of Borneo.

Pileated woodpecker

Pileated woodpecker

Marty’s photo of the day #3325: This is a pileated woodpecker, photographed in the Bitterroot Valley of Montana.

Squirrel family outing

Squirrel family outing

Marty’s photo of the day #3324: This is one of those photos you need to look at closely to appreciate. Yesterday, Momma Squirrel had her kids out for an adventure. There are four young squirrels in this photo, and more farther up the tree.

Osprey

Osprey

Marty’s photo of the day #3323: Osprey, photographed in the Bitterroot Valley of Montana.

Buck fawns over the fawn

Buck fawns over the fawn

Marty’s photo of the day #3322: I took this photo yesterday, in front of my house. Many people aren’t aware of it, but on Sundays momma deer gets the day off and daddy buck has to fawn over the kid.

Antarctica scenic

Antarctica scenic

Marty’s photo of the day #3321: Here’s an Antarctica scenic. That’s a leopard seal on the ice.

Bats don’t like baths

Bats don’t like baths

Marty’s photo of the day #3320: Bats do not like baths! Every summer, I move my office/writing room out onto the front porch. (The porch runs the width of the house and is covered, but not screened in.) This year the flies were a bit pesky, so two days ago my wife, Deb, bought me […]

Montana artsy

Montana artsy

Marty’s photo of the day #3319: Sometimes you can just be hiking along and nature presents an artsy shot, already set up. (Photographed in Montana. I don’t remember where.)

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