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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You are the best mom . . .

You are the best mom . . .

Marty’s photo of the day #2353: “You are always there to protect me on the coldest nights and in the thickest fog. You are the best mom in all of Antarctica!”

Better than the Zombie Liar

Better than the Zombie Liar

Marty’s photo of the day #2352: I was going through my photos, trying to come up with something scary to post today, but now that we have a Zombie Liar in the White House, it’s hard to come up with anything creepier. Eventually I came across this leaf mimic katydid from the Amazon Rainforest. It’s […]

Blurry photo captures tribble

Blurry photo captures tribble

Marty’s photo of the day #2351: I moved my motion-sensing camera to a spot I’ve never tried before. The land surrounding our house has tons of animal trails through it, but I never know for sure what animals use a particular trail until I view the photos. This new spot is going to be a […]

Drunk shopping

Drunk shopping

Marty’s photo of the day #2350: With Spain in the news so much lately, I thought I’d share with you a fun excerpt from my first book, Cool Creatures, Hot Planet: Exploring the Seven Continents. Drunk shopping: After several days of conversing only between ourselves, Deb and I relished the opportunity to speak with someone […]

Writing in the dark

Writing in the dark

Marty’s photo of the day #2349: Finishing my science-fiction political-comedy novel, Time Is Irreverent, is taking longer than expected. I thought I was done and only needed to input the suggestions from my editor, but since she had the manuscript for longer than expected, I’m seeing the story with fresh eyes and coming up with […]

The Iceberg Graveyard

The Iceberg Graveyard

Marty’s photo of the day #2348: I will let an excerpt from my first book, “Cool Creatures, Hot Planet: Exploring the Seven Continents,” explain this shot: The Iceberg Graveyard is the unofficial name for Pléneau Bay. Ocean currents carry icebergs into the bay, where they run aground to form a sculpture garden of awesome beauty. […]

Zebras!

Zebras!

Marty’s photo of the day #2347: Hiking across Mana Pools National Park in Zimbabwe gave me a real appreciation for Zebras. Their coats were so bright, and they were always on alert. They also kept me frustrated, as a photographer, often bolting at the edge of the effective range of my zoom lens.

The melty glacier, with text for Republicans

The melty glacier, with text for Republicans

Marty’s photo of the day #2346: This is the Bear Glacier in British Columbia. The lake at the toe of the glacier is Strohn Lake, which didn’t exist until the 1940s. I took this picture in 2002, and I’m shocked by the recent pictures of the melting glacier visitors have posted on the Internet. It’s […]

Making the legacy of Idi Amin Dada look better every day!

Making the legacy of Idi Amin Dada look better every day!

Alabama Republican Senate nominee Roy Moore says that the Supreme Court ruling allowing gay marriage is worse than the court’s 1857 decision that upheld slavery, because it forces “people to recognize marriage other than the institution ordained of God.” Actually, an infinitely worse ruling would be any that forces the rest of us to recognize […]

A little weevil in a big, big world

A little weevil in a big, big world

Marty’s photo of the day #2345: This is a weevil of some sort, photographed in the Amazon Rainforest of Peru. I considered cropping this in a bit more, but I think the wider angle gives a better feel for just how small this little guy is.

Flying Fox

Flying Fox

Marty’s photo of the day #2344: This is a spectacled flying fox. She and hundreds of her friends were feeding in the trees surrounding a cabin we rented in Queensland, Australia.

Fur Seal

Fur Seal

Marty’s photo of the day #2343: I photographed this fur seal on Deception Island, which is off the coast of Antarctica. Many people consider fur seals to be the animal with the most luxurious coat in the world. Because of that, sealers slaughtered them their pelts, and these beautiful animals almost went extinct. Fortunately, fur […]

A bison as Foghorn Leghorn

A bison as Foghorn Leghorn

Marty’s photo of the day #2342: Ever since I took this photo, I have imagined this bison with the voice of Foghorn Leghorn. Can’t you just hear it? “I say, boy, pay attention when I’m talkin’ to ya, boy!”

An orange slime worm beats an orange slime ball every time!

An orange slime worm beats an orange slime ball every time!

Marty’s photo of the day #2341: Yesterday, I posted a photo of a gorgeous orange caterpillar that I photographed on the island of Borneo. In response, Cheryl Bruso commented: “Oh man beautiful picture but every time I see orange I think of . . . well, you know. Do slugs and leaches come in the color orange […]

Borneo Caterpillar

Borneo Caterpillar

Marty’s photo of the day #2340: Here’s some intense color for your Thursday. (Photographed on the island of Borneo)

Yard Kangaroo

Yard Kangaroo

Marty’s photo of the day #2339: Some people get squirrels in their yards; others get kangaroos.   (Photographed in Australia. As if I needed to tell you that.)

Here’s mud in your eye!

Here’s mud in your eye!

Marty’s photo of the day #2338: I tried to come up with some clever parallel between this elephant and the Republican Party, but I’m not thinking creatively yet this morning. So instead, I’ll go with the obvious: Here’s mud in your eye! (Photographed in Zimbabwe)

Anaconda

Anaconda

Marty’s photo of the day #2337: I photographed this anaconda in the Amazon Rainforest of Peru. Note the cloudy eyes—the snake is just a few days away from shedding her skin.

The Republican Party in a nutshell

The Republican Party in a nutshell

The Republican Party is a cult that preys on gullible people and gets them to vote against themselves. That’s why America doesn’t have universal health care, and why so many Republicans still believe that global warming is a hoax. Republican leaders built their cult by pretending to be good Christians and getting the far-right Christian […]

Dempster Highway

Dempster Highway

Marty’s photo of the day #2336: This is the Dempster Highway, in the Yukon Territory. One of my favorite adventures, working on my book “”Cool Creatures, Hot Planet: Exploring the Seven Continents,” was traveling to the top of Canada on this scenic dirt road.

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