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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Trump’s impeachment: we all know how this will turn out

Trump’s impeachment: we all know how this will turn out

I feel like I should write something about the impeachment of Donald Trump, but we’ve all known how this is going to turn out for months: Impeachment will pass the House on party lines (give or take a few people) and go to the GOP-controlled Senate, where they will fail to convict on similar party […]

Off to the editor!

Off to the editor!

Yay! I just sent Time Is Irreverent 3: Gone for Sixteen Seconds off to my editor. After I wrote my first book, Cool Creatures, Hot Planet: Exploring the Seven Continents (published in 2007), it took me nine years to publish Endangered Edens: Exploring the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Costa Rica, the Everglades, and Puerto Rico. […]

Penguin ID

Penguin ID

Marty’s photo of the day #3098: When I perform my college shows, I quiz my audiences on the various penguin species. Overall, the audience gets about a 25 percent correct, and someone always yells “Happy Feet!!” This is a chinstrap penguin. If you ever come to one of my shows, you can yell it out, […]

Looking way north

Looking way north

Marty’s photo of the day #3097: I took this photo from a tiny airplane on an extremely windy day. We had just lifted off from Barter Island, which is the land mass you see in the middle, and we are about to head south over the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and the Brooks Range. This […]

Bighorn Sheep

Bighorn Sheep

Marty’s photo of the day #3096: Climbing up to a bighorn sheep in southern Idaho.

“Squirrel!” said the dog

“Squirrel!” said the dog

Marty’s photo of the day #3095: Sometimes when I wake up in the morning, I know exactly what I’m going to post for my photo of the day. Other times, I search my hard drive hoping to find a special image that I completely forgot that I made. Today’s golden-mantled ground squirrel is the latter. […]

Joining the penguins

Joining the penguins

Marty’s photo of the day #3094: My wife, Deb, joins a gentoo penguin colony on an island off the coast of Antarctica. Penguins are such accommodating birds.

Paying for pedophile priests: No church possessions should be off-limits.

Paying for pedophile priests: No church possessions should be off-limits.

Marty’s photo of the day #3093: I took today’s Catholic Church photo in Madrid, Spain. I thought of it when I read that a new wave of rape and child abuse cases are about to hit the church. Apparently, when cover-ups fail, bankruptcy is one of the solutions. How can Catholic churches declare bankruptcy while […]

Childish Republicans insult the French. Oh, and here’s a French Frog.

Childish Republicans insult the French. Oh, and here’s a French Frog.

Marty’s photo of the day #3092: Americans often complain about the French being jerks. In truth, it’s Americans who are jerks to the French. Take yesterday, when Republican Cult Leader Donald Trump insulted French President Macron (and embarrassed sane Americans as well) in front of the whole world. As for this frog photo, I took […]

Talking with a rock python

Talking with a rock python

Marty’s photo of the day #3091: Me holding a seven-and-a-half-foot-long African rock python in Zimbabwe. She was quite talkative!

Goldeneyes: The battle for Trout Lake

Goldeneyes: The battle for Trout Lake

Marty’s photo of the day #3090: Every time Deb and I visit Yellowstone National Park, we experience something amazing—and it’s not necessarily the wolves or the grizzly bears. In early May, we hiked up to Trout Lake and had the place to ourselves. At first I was disappointed because the lake was frozen and we […]

Speedy Pronghorns

Speedy Pronghorns

Marty’s photos of the day #3089: Pronghorns are the fastest land animal in the Western Hemisphere, reaching 60 miles-per-hour. I photographed these two in Yellowstone National Park.

Michelle Obama vs Donald Trump Jr.

Michelle Obama vs Donald Trump Jr.

Marty’s photos of the day #3088: I took this photo last December in Verona, Italy. As it was in this display, Michelle Obama’s book was everywhere. Now, with the recent news that the Republican Party bought copies of Donald Trump Jr’s book—earning him a rare asterisk on the New York Times Best Seller List—and the […]

Bear hide-and-seek

Bear hide-and-seek

Marty’s photo of the day #3087: “One one thousand, two one thousand, three one thousand, . . .”

Words for the cult and their angry Trumpsgiving

Words for the cult and their angry Trumpsgiving

Like many of you, I learned this week that liberals had declared war on Thanksgiving, and that Fox News and Trump cultists get very angry and explode in a high-blood-pressure rage at the very thought of renaming the holiday to call it “Celebrate Immigrants Day” and include brown people in what they believe is a […]

Longing for a Thanksgiving peacock costume

Longing for a Thanksgiving peacock costume

Marty’s photo of the day #3086: “This is scary! Next Thanksgiving, I’m getting a peacock costume too.”

A bear and her tree

A bear and her tree

Marty’s photo of the day #3085: “I didn’t touch the tree. I promise!” (Black bear, photographed in Yellowstone National Park)

The Gods of Artsy Light

The Gods of Artsy Light

Marty’s photo of the day #3084: Photography is all about light, and on one early Montana morning, the Gods of Artsy Light were in a particularly good mood.

Desert colors

Desert colors

Marty’s photo of the day #3083: A few years ago I was on a college speaking tour that took me to California and Arizona. During a day off between gigs, I headed into the Mojave Desert. I was searching for desert tortoises (see Saturday’s post) and was treated to a desert in full-bloom. Here’s a […]

The desert in bloom

The desert in bloom

Marty’s photo of the day #3082: A few years ago I was on a college speaking tour that took me to California and Arizona. During a day off between gigs, I headed into the Mojave Desert. I was searching for desert tortoises (see yesterday’s post) and was treated to a desert in full-bloom. Here’s a […]

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