Nature photography, political rants, and Martyman laughs from the ten-time award-winning author of "Cool Creatures, Hot Planet" and "Endangered Edens."

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Surviving a hippo attack

Surviving a hippo attack

Marty’s photo of the day #2393: This is me, looking through the hole in Deb’s and my canoe, after a hippo bit through it. If you haven’t heard the hippo attack story before, here’s a short excerpt from my first book, Cool Creatures, Hot Planet: Exploring the Seven Continents, which explains what happened:   Deb […]

The children of the Amazon

The children of the Amazon

Marty’s photo of the day #2392: This is me (about 20 pounds heavier than I am now) handing out sugar free gum to children along the Amazon River. I chose this photo before the results of the Senate election in Alabama were announced, and I had written a great taunt to Roy Moore about how […]

Guest post from the Republican Jesus

Guest post from the Republican Jesus

Marty’s photo of the day #2391: Because of my frequent liberal posts, I have agreed to be fair to the other side and let the Republican Jesus have today’s post: “Hello Alabamans! Republican Jesus here. Thirteen months ago people just like you helped elect Donald Trump, a man who bragged about grabbing pussy without permission […]

Eye of Yak

Eye of Yak

Marty’s photo of the day #2390: Oh, it’s time to get artsy again—eye of yak.

From the Liberal Ten Commandments, #10

From the Liberal Ten Commandments, #10

Imagine if the United States had an egomaniacal president who thought he was smart enough to drop nuclear bombs here and there without negative consequences. What if you could go back to AD 31 and present the people of Galilee with a new liberal version of the Ten Commandments? How would that affect our culture […]

Anhinga dance

Anhinga dance

Marty’s photo of the day #2389: Here’s a photo I took in the Everglades. Anhingas are such interesting birds. If you’ve ever watched one rhythmically moving back and forth, you know what I mean.

Charging Fur Seal

Charging Fur Seal

Marty’s photo of the day #2388: This short excerpt from my first book, Cool Creatures, Hot Planet: Exploring the Seven Continents, explains the shot: As Olle and the others meandered away, I lagged behind to take some photos. In the midst of setting up a shot, I inadvertently invaded the personal space of a fur […]

High Jinx n the African Bush

High Jinx n the African Bush

Marty’s photo of the day #2387: High jinx in the African bush! This short excerpt from Cool Creatures, Hot Planet: Exploring the Seven Continents explains the shot: Our best find of the morning was a Land Rover parked beside a rutty road. One of the other guides had driven his clients into the bush, left the […]

Grope and Vote for Roy Moore!

Grope and Vote for Roy Moore!

As Martyman fans know, our hero loves to dress up for the holidays. In fact, just a few minutes ago, Martyman walked into my office and asked if I would take his picture, so he could include it in the thousands of Christmas cards he was mailing out. I was just about to click the […]

From the Liberal Ten Commandments, #9

From the Liberal Ten Commandments, #9

Imagine if the United States had an egomaniacal president who thought he was smart enough to drop nuclear bombs here and there without negative consequences. What if you could go back to AD 31 and present the people of Galilee with a new liberal version of the Ten Commandments? How would that affect our culture […]

Birds along the Great Salt Lake

Birds along the Great Salt Lake

Marty’s photo of the day #2387: So much of wildlife photography is being at the right place at the right time—and being ready for that moment. I took this photo during the morning, along the shore of the Great Salt Lake.

From the Liberal Ten Commandments, #8

From the Liberal Ten Commandments, #8

Imagine if the United States had an egomaniacal president who thought he was smart enough to drop nuclear bombs here and there without negative consequences. What if you could go back to AD 31 and present the people of Galilee with a new liberal version of the Ten Commandments? How would that affect our culture […]

Metaphorically circling the GOP

Metaphorically circling the GOP

Marty’s photo of the day #2386: Readers of my by second book, “Endangered Edens: Exploring the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Costa Rica, the Everglades, and Puerto Rico,” will recognize this black vulture photo. Just think, eleven months from now millions of these will be metaphorically circling the Republican Party.

From the Liberal Ten Commandments, #7

From the Liberal Ten Commandments, #7

Imagine if the United States had an egomaniacal president who thought he was smart enough to drop nuclear bombs here and there without negative consequences. What if you could go back to AD 31 and present the people of Galilee with a new liberal version of the Ten Commandments? How would that affect our culture […]

Howler Monkey

Howler Monkey

Marty’s photo of the day #2385: This is a howler monkey. Photographed in Costa Rica.

From the Liberal Ten Commandments, #6

From the Liberal Ten Commandments, #6

Imagine if the United States had an egomaniacal president who thought he was smart enough to drop nuclear bombs here and there without negative consequences. What if you could go back to AD 31 and present the people of Galilee with a new liberal version of the Ten Commandments? How would that affect our culture […]

Feeding the local leeches

Feeding the local leeches

Marty’s photo of the day #2385: This is one of those shots that is technically imperfect, but gets points for effort. I was on the island of Borneo and had spent the better part of an hour gaining the confidence of a troop of maroon langurs (also called leaf monkeys). When the langurs were on […]

From the Liberal Ten Commandments, #5

From the Liberal Ten Commandments, #5

Imagine if the United States had an egomaniacal president who thought he was smart enough to drop nuclear bombs here and there without negative consequences. What if you could go back to AD 31 and present the people of Galilee with a new liberal version of the Ten Commandments? How would that affect our culture […]

Pronghorn

Pronghorn

Marty’s photo of the day #2384: Pronghorns look like they would be just as much at home in the African bush as they are in the western United States.

From the Liberal Ten Commandments, #3

From the Liberal Ten Commandments, #3

Imagine if the United States had an egomaniacal president who thought he was smart enough to drop nuclear bombs here and there without negative consequences. What if you could go back to AD 31 and present the people of Galilee with a new liberal version of the Ten Commandments? How would that affect our culture […]

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