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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Prudish ad police at Amazon and Facebook

Prudish ad police at Amazon and Facebook

I’m always learning something. What I’ve learned in recent days is just how prudish both Amazon and Facebook are. They’re prudish, of course, because the conservative side of America is vocal about how nasty the human body is and how it needs to be covered up. Unless, of course, it’s Donald Trump walking in on […]

Arctic lousewort

Arctic lousewort

Marty’s photo of the day #2795: Here’s a photo from the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, just about fifteen miles south of the Arctic Ocean: Arctic lousewort. Tough little plant.

Curious sea lion

Curious sea lion

Marty’s photo of the day #2794: Swimming with a curious sea lion in the Sea of Cortez.

It’s about time . . .

It’s about time . . .

Marty’s photo of the day #2793: I’ve been rejecting posting this photo practically since I started posting photos. The reason is that this aspen forest looked so much cooler in person than it does in the picture. But since I’ve been passing by this photo for so many years, it’s going up today. I wouldn’t […]

Ring-Necked Duck

Ring-Necked Duck

Really, Sarah Huckabee Sanders?

Really, Sarah Huckabee Sanders?

Marty’s photo of the day #2791: “I think God calls all of us to fill different roles at different times and I think that he wanted Donald Trump to become president, and that’s why he’s there.”—Sarah Huckabee Sanders “And humans think we are a lesser species?”—Orangutan

Lions on the prowl

Lions on the prowl

Marty’s photo of the day #2790: When in Zimbabwe, Deb and I stood on the opposite side of a river channel and watched five lions stalking two Cape buffalo. We never saw a kill and eventually had to leave before it got dark. I shot this photo as we canoed on by.

Iceberg dead ahead!

Iceberg dead ahead!

Marty’s photo of the day #2789: “Iceberg! Dead ahead! Turn! Turn!” (Photographed off the coast of Antarctica—and we didn’t come close to hitting it.)

Gertrude the Amazon frog

Gertrude the Amazon frog

Marty’s photo of the day #2788: Here’s one of the many unusual, unidentified frogs I photographed on my second adventure to the Amazon Rainforest of Peru. She claims her name is Gertrude.

I’m in charge!

I’m in charge!

Marty’s photo of the day #2787: There’s no doubt who is in charge here. (Sea lions, photographed in the Sea of Cortez.)

Soooo Cute!

Soooo Cute!

Marty’s photo of the day #2786: In this photo, I’m in a remote Amazon Rainforest camp, holding a pygmy marmoset—the world’s smallest species of monkey. The little guy belonged to a Yagua girl, who let me hold him in exchange for a t-shirt.

Why I will never visit Japan

Why I will never visit Japan

Marty’s photo of the day #2785: I will never visit a country that supports whaling. So no Japan for me! Their withdrawal from the International Whaling Commission to resume commercial whaling for the first time in 31 years is reprehensible. Today’s photo is of an old whaling dinghy, stuck in volcanic ash, on Deception Island, […]

Surprise! Surprise!

Surprise! Surprise!

Surprise! Surprise! “Time Is Irreverent 2: Jesus Christ, Not Again!” won’t be released until February 2, but preorders have already made it an Amazon #1 Hot New Release in Political Humor. If you’ve already preordered: THANK YOU! Here’s the preorder link: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07MZY6V1R

The tears of a duck

The tears of a duck

Marty’s photo of the day #2783: I pushed the shutter button just in time to get this female mallard duck in mid-shake. What I didn’t know, until I looked at the photo later on my computer monitor, is that the water drops lined up perfectly under her eyes, so they look like tears. (Photographed in […]

Oystercatcher

Oystercatcher

Marty’s photos of the day #2762: This is an American oystercatcher. One of the many stunning bird species I photographed along the Sea of Cortez in Mexico.

Be the first to read Time Is Irreverent 2: Jesus Christ, Not Again!

Be the first to read Time Is Irreverent 2: Jesus Christ, Not Again!

Preorders for the Kindle version of Time Is Irreverent 2: Jesus Christ, Not Again! went live this morning. Order now and the book will be automatically delivered to your Kindle or other device on February 5. If you prefer a different format, the paperback will be available on February 5 (but without a preorder), and […]

Good morning Antarctica!

Good morning Antarctica!

Marty’s photo of the day #2782: I was the first person to spot Antarctica—at least on the little ship I was on. At three in the morning, everyone was sleeping but me. I got out of bed and padded onto the bow. The month was February, so this was Antarctica’s summer, and the sky never […]

The portrait of an Amazon frog

The portrait of an Amazon frog

Marty’s photo of the day #2781: Here’s a tiny unidentified tree frog that I photographed in the Amazon Rainforest of Peru. How considerate of him to stay still for his portrait.

Fox on the tundra

Fox on the tundra

Marty’s photo of the day #2780: I’ll let a short excerpt from my second book, Endangered Edens: Exploring the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Costa Rica, the Everglades, and Puerto Rico, explain this shot from the a few miles south of the Arctic Ocean: We watched with binoculars, as the fox zigzagged across the tundra, apparently […]

Close encounters of the swan kind

Close encounters of the swan kind

Marty’s photo of the day #2779: “Am I close enough for my portrait? I can move closer if you want.” (Swan, photographed in Italy.)

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