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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Orangutan happiness

Orangutan happiness

Marty’s photo of the day #3215: I had some camera problems when I was in Borneo, so this photo has a lot of digital noise. Nevertheless, this shot makes me smile. I call it “Orangutan Happiness.”

The silver lining to the Wisconsin GOP’s murderous election

The silver lining to the Wisconsin GOP’s murderous election

If you’ve been following what is happening in Wisconsin, you know that the Wisconsin GOP, backed by the Republican-controlled U.S. Supreme Court, prevented the delay of today’s state election. The reason the Republicans want the election today is because a conservative judge on the ballot needs a low voter turnout to get elected. So Republicans […]

Martyman’s National Beer Day announcement

Martyman’s National Beer Day announcement

Martyman asked me to remind you that today is National Beer Day. . . . As if today is different from any other day for him.

It’s safer to kiss the python*

It’s safer to kiss the python*

Marty’s photo of the day #3214: This is me, several years ago, kissing an eleven-foot-long African rock python I caught in Zimbabwe. Last year, if people had to choose between kissing someone who recently returned from a large evangelical church service or kissing an eleven-foot-long python, the vast majority would choose to kiss the evangelical. […]

Social distancing in the Arctic

Social distancing in the Arctic

Marty’s photo of the day #3213: Deb and I know social distancing! This photo of us was taken several years ago, when we were in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. The sun never set the entire time we were there, so this picture could have just as easily been taken at 2:00 p.m. as 2:00 […]

Cattleya orchid

Cattleya orchid

Marty’s photo of the day #3212: This is a Cattleya orchid, photographed in Costa Rica.

This isn’t social distancing!

This isn’t social distancing!

Marty’s photo of the day #3211: I’m outraged! Don’t these people have any respect for social distancing? Oh, wait. . . . I took this photo in 2008, when Barack Obama came to the University of Montana to give a campaign speech. Proceed!

Redwood National Park frog

Redwood National Park frog

Marty’s photo of the day #3210: I found this little frog while hiking in the Redwood National Park. My attempt to identify it was unsuccessful. My best guess is that it’s a juvenile foothills yellow-legged frog.

Martyman is going on a beer run.

Martyman is going on a beer run.

Marty’s photo of the day #3209: My wife and I are well prepared for sheltering in place during the COVID-19 pandemic. Sure, I lost my April college speaking tour and a book-signing and all the press and publicity that goes with those events. Sure, many of the stores that carry Deb’s weaving kits have temporarily […]

Dinosaur Egg

Dinosaur Egg

Marty’s photo of the day #3208: Dinosaur egg, photographed in Spain.

The gift of toilet paper

The gift of toilet paper

Marty’s photo of the day #3207: Those who regularly follow my posts know about all the far-right Republicans that live within a few miles of Deb’s and my house. We do have one liberal family a quarter mile away from us, however, and the husband, Aaron, and I do most of the maintenance on our […]

We must remember the role the Christian-Right played

We must remember the role the Christian-Right played

After right-wing Christians elected Donald Trump, he promptly pulled America out of the Paris Agreement and gutted our country’s environmental laws, setting himself up to become the most prolific slow-killer of all-time. Trump will also be responsible for thousands of COVID-19 deaths because he put his ego and greed over the lives of his constituents. […]

Deer social distancing, not

Deer social distancing, not

Marty’s photo of the day #3206: The deer that hang around my house still haven’t gotten the hang of this social-distancing thing.

Playful badgers

Playful badgers

Marty’s photo of the day #3205: Playful badgers. Or at least I think they were playing. (Photographed in the Bitterroot Valley of Montana)

The streets of Arenas de San Pedro

The streets of Arenas de San Pedro

Marty’s photo of the day #3204: Years ago I took this photo to show how quiet the streets were during siesta in Arenas de San Pedro, Spain. My guess is that now the streets are pretty much this quiet all day long.

Long-eared owl

Long-eared owl

Marty’s photo of the day #3203: Long-eared owl, photographed in Montana.

No, God doesn’t get the credit when COVID-19 is defeated

No, God doesn’t get the credit when COVID-19 is defeated

This morning, I read an AP article about Donald Trump’s business and spiritual advisers pushing him to declare everything hunky dory with COVID-19 in time for Easter. God forbid that American church leaders and evangelists miss out on one of their biggest paydays of the year! Trump evangelical adviser, Johnnie Moore, even went as far […]

Behind the screen

Behind the screen

Marty’s photo of the day #3202: I call this photo from the Amazon Rainforest of Peru “Behind the Screen.” This morning as I scrolled through my photos, deciding what to post, it struck me as a metaphor for what is happening here in the United States, where Trump and his wealthy corporate advisers are pushing […]

Unleashing my inner Steve Irwin

Unleashing my inner Steve Irwin

Marty’s photo of the day #3201: This is me, unleashing my inner Steve Irwin, with a seven-and-a-half foot-long African rock python. And if you are wondering why I’m wearing a batting glove, I burned my hand badly just before leaving for Zimbabwe. The glove worked better than a bandage for keeping cooties out of the […]

No Newt is Good Newt in the Amazon Rainforest

No Newt is Good Newt in the Amazon Rainforest

Marty’s photo of the day #3200: Back in the 1990s, I had a side business selling No Newt is Good Newt T-shirts and sweatshirts. When Newt Gingrich resigned as Speaker of the House in 1998, no one wanted the shirts anymore (or, to look at it more positively, the shirts worked!), and to this day […]

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