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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Chacma baboon

Chacma baboon

Marty’s photo of the day #3283: This is a chacma baboon, photographed in Zimbabwe. When full-grown, males weigh seventy or more pounds, and females weigh half that. Experts are divided as to whether chacmas are a subspecies of the savannah baboon or a species unto themselves. Either way, they’re the world’s largest baboons.

Bighorn sheep

Bighorn sheep

Marty’s photo of the day #3282: Bighorn sheep, photographed in Idaho.

The iguana fix

The iguana fix

Marty’s photo of the day #3281: I haven’t posted any photos from Puerto Rico for a while, so we’ll fix that right now with this iguana.

Borneo caterpillar

Borneo caterpillar

Marty’s photo of the day #3280: Here’s one of the more bizarre caterpillars you will ever see. Photographed on the island of Borneo.

Alaska Scenic

Alaska Scenic

Marty’s photo of the day #3279: Today we go scenic, with a photo I took in Alaska, well north of the Arctic Circle.

Go volcano!

Go volcano!

Marty’s photo of the day #3278: These are the remains of an old Norwegian whaling station on Deception Island, off the coast of Antarctica. Much of the station is now buried in ash and mud from multiple volcanic eruptions. Whaling is evil—go volcano!

A marine toad named Barr

A marine toad named Barr

Marty’s photo of the day #3277: Marine toads are the world’s largest species of toad. This guy, will call him “Barr,” was quickly released before he started eating everything in the boat. (Barr was photographed in the Amazon Rainforest of Peru)

Leaf-mimic frog

Leaf-mimic frog

Marty’s photo of the day #3276: I photographed this leaf-mimic-frog in the Amazon Rainforest of Peru. How’s that for some impressive camouflage?

Tree frog

Tree frog

Marty’s photo of the day #3275: Tree frog, photographed in Costa Rica.

Leopard at dusk

Leopard at dusk

Marty’s photo of the day #3274: I took this leopard photo on the dark side of dusk, so I really had to push my camera. But hey—it’s a leopard! (Photographed in Zimbabwe)

Brown wood owl

Brown wood owl

Marty’s photo of the day #3273: This is a brown wood owl, photographed on the island of Borneo.

Black bear

Black bear

Marty’s photo of the day #3272: Despite the brown coat, this is a black bear, not a grizzly bear. (Photographed while hiking in Yellowstone National Park)

Frog the Frogmouth

Frog the Frogmouth

Marty’s photo of the day #3271: This if Frog the frogmouth bird, photographed in the Outback of Queensland, Australia.

Canada scenic

Canada scenic

Marty’s photo of the day #3271: I took this scenic photo way-north in Canada’s Northwest Territories. Here, it’s too far north for trees to grow, and if you look closely you can see a tiny section of the great Porcupine caribou migration.

Even better than a baby owl

Even better than a baby owl

Marty’s photo of the day #3270: Yesterday I posted a baby long-eared owl photo, because I sensed a lot of you could use a baby owl fix. That owl seemed to cheer people up, so this morning I thought, “How can I do even better than a baby owl?” The answer was obvious. Three baby […]

Baby long-eared owl

Baby long-eared owl

Marty’s photo of the day #3269: I don’t know about you, but I could use a baby long-eared owl fix right about now. (Photographed in Montana)

Montana’s Bitterroot Valley

Montana’s Bitterroot Valley

Marty’s photo of the day #3268: Yesterday Deb and I went hiking in the Calf Creek Wildlife Management Area, which is in the foothills of the Sapphire Mountains, on the opposite side of the valley we live in. For those not familiar with the area, Montana’s Bitterroot Valley is 95-miles-long, with a population of just […]

Cop Profiling vs Racial Profiling

Cop Profiling vs Racial Profiling

A Facebook friend, who is a cop, messaged me privately to say he didn’t appreciate one of my posts this week that criticized cops. Even though I was careful to say “not all cops,” he still felt I painted with too broad of a brush. As a liberal, I had to think carefully about that. […]

Walking stick

Walking stick

Marty’s photo of the day #3267: Walking stick, photographed in the Amazon Rainforest of Peru.

For Trumpers who deny they are racist

For Trumpers who deny they are racist

Now would be a good time to point out to Trumpers on social media—who claim they aren’t racist—that while they posted nothing about the white Minneapolis cop murdering an unarmed black man while three fellow officers looked on, they sure as hell got upset and posted about the protests afterward. Multiple studies have shown that […]

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