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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Humpback whale

Humpback whale

Marty’s photo of the day #3384: Humpback whale, photographed along the coast of Antarctica.

The coyote would have been better

The coyote would have been better

Marty’s photo of the day #3383: This coyote didn’t pay any federal income taxes for ten years—just like Donald Trump. While both creatures are opportunists, with limited vocabularies, one thing is for sure: the coyote would have been a much better president.

Owl at my window

Owl at my window

Marty’s photo of the day #3382: A great horned owl, perched just outside my second floor writing room window.

Making the most of the Trump Pandemic

Making the most of the Trump Pandemic

I feel almost guilty saying it, but Deb and I have adapted quite well to life in the year 2020. While we mourn the massive Trump-induced deaths, racial injustice, out-of-control cops, and the slow murder of our planet, curling up in a corner and whimpering isn’t our style. We’re doing what we can to bring […]

A painful Amazon welcome

A painful Amazon welcome

Marty’s photo of the day #3381: I had wanted to visit the Amazon Rainforest ever since I was a kid. So when Deb and I traveled there for an adventure to be included in my first book, “Cool Creatures, Hot Planet: Exploring the Seven Continents,” I was excited to head out on my first Amazon […]

Winter deer

Winter deer

Iceberg ahead!

Iceberg ahead!

Marty’s photo of the day #3379: “Captain! We must turn the ship. There’s an iceberg ahead.” “The iceberg is a hoax.” “No! I see it right there!” “Stay the course.” (Photographed off the coast of Antarctica)

Even Canada . . .

Even Canada . . .

Marty’s photo of the day #3379: Deb and I had talked about going to Bonaire this fall, but Donald Trump decided that 200,000 COVID-19 deaths were a small price to pay if he could fool enough people into thinking things were fine and reelecting him. As an alternative, my wife and I also thought of […]

Muskrat

Muskrat

Marty’s photo of the day #3378: Muskrat, photographed in the Bitterroot Valley of Montana.

The barred owl

The barred owl

Marty’s photo of the day #3377: Several years ago, I was on a college speaking tour in New York. One of my weekend “filler” engagements was at the Tanglewood Nature Center in Elmira. After my show, I got to hold this gorgeous barred owl.

Howler monkey stare down

Howler monkey stare down

Marty’s photo of the day #3376: Howler monkey, photographed in Costa Rica.

Dealing with GOP bullies

Dealing with GOP bullies

People write me whenever newspapers publish my guest columns. Sometimes I get hate mail; other times I get thank you notes. When my most recent column ran (in six newspapers so far), I received a note from a man with a PhD who claimed to be a liberal. He said that he usually enjoyed my […]

Rainforest night hikes

Rainforest night hikes

Marty’s photo of the day #3375: Whether Deb and I are in the Amazon Rainforest or the rainforests of Australia, Central America, or Asia, we always head out on night hikes. The first time we did that, I wasn’t sure what to expect, but after that such hikes became travel highlights. After all, at night […]

Z wall of zebras

Z wall of zebras

Marty’s photo of the day #3374: Z wall of zebras. Photographed in Zimbabwe.

I miss live music

I miss live music

Marty’s photo of the day #3373: I miss live music! This is Grace Potter, photographed at the Wilma in Missoula a few years ago. The next concert I plan to attend is Nightwish at the Wiltern in Los Angeles at the beginning of October 2021. Will October 2021 be too soon? I guess it depends […]

Three our of four ain’t bad

Three our of four ain’t bad

Marty’s photo of the day #3372: Soon fall will be here; then a new president; then the end of the COVID-19 pandemic; then the Minnesota Vikings will finally win the Super Bowl. . . . Okay, maybe not that last one.

The intrepid wife

The intrepid wife

Marty’s photo of the day #3371: Book reviewers frequently call Deb my “intrepid wife.” This photo from Belize captures that thought.

Arctic scenic

Arctic scenic

Marty’s photo of the day #3369: For this photo, I am standing on a hill in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, looking south toward the Brooks Range and the Jago River. Thirty-five miles to the north is the Arctic Ocean, and a day after taking this photo, Deb and I would begin a canoe trip […]

A nature host’s last words

A nature host’s last words

Marty’s photo of the day #3368: From the final episode of The Aussie Hands-on Naturalist, the Animal Planet channel’s latest attempt to recreate the magic of Steve Irwin’s The Crocodile Hunter: “G’day mate! Look at that Sheila. Isn’t she a beauty? Well, I’m just gonna sneak up on her and give her a big ol’ […]

Sedona scenic

Sedona scenic

Marty’s photo of the day #3367: During a college tour a few years ago, I ended up driving through Sedona, Arizona when a snowstorm hit. The contrast of the white on the red rocks made the already scenic area even more scenic.

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