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

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Puerto Rican forest

Puerto Rican forest

Marty’s photo of the day #2672: This is the wet tropical forest in the interior of Puerto Rico.

Howler Monkey

Howler Monkey

Marty’s photo of the day #2672: High in the trees, a baby howler monkey reaches out. (Photographed in Costa Rica)

Central American Tree Boa

Central American Tree Boa

Marty’s photo of the day #2671: This is a Central American tree boa. Making this photo took multiple attempts, because I was in a kayak on a river in Costa Rica. I’d swing the kayak under the overhanging tree and try to get the shot in focus before the current carried me downstream. Then I’d […]

Greater white-lined bat

Greater white-lined bat

Marty’s photo of the day #2670: I photographed this greater white-lined bat inside an abandoned Costa Rican farm house.

Don’t forget to check for octopuses

Don’t forget to check for octopuses

Marty’s photo of the day #2669: When swimming in the Sea of Cortez, it’s always good to periodically check for octopuses. Hmm . . . I seem to have one stuck to my chest.

Cactus Flower

Cactus Flower

Marty’s photo of the day #2668: Cactus flower, photographed in the Mojave National Preserve, along the Arizona-California border.

The Castle of the Sad Countess

The Castle of the Sad Countess

Marty’s photo of the day #2667: This is the Castle of the Sad Countess, in Spain. Now that Time Is Irreverent 2: Jesus Christ, Not Again! is at my editors, I’m already thinking about having Marty Mann and Nellie Dixon go back to 1461 to visit this castle in Time Is Irreverent 3. In the […]

The widest curtain of water on Earth

The widest curtain of water on Earth

Marty’s photo of the day #2666: I took this photo from the copilot’s seat in a bush plane. You are looking at Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe/Zambia. This is the widest curtain of water on Earth.

Happy Birthday, Deb Essen!

Happy Birthday, Deb Essen!

Marty’s photo of the day #2665: Today’s photo doubles as a Paul Bunyan-sized Happy Birthday to my wife, Deb Essen. When I took this photo of her, a while back, we were just having fun. In today’s light, it’s actually political. Melania Trump is infamous for appearing in photos that are incongruous for the occasion: […]

Happy Birthday Joan Jett

Happy Birthday Joan Jett

Marty’s photo of the day #2664: Happy 60th birthday to Joan Jett. I took this photo at an outdoor concert in Salt Lake City, when she was just a spring chicken of 58. My Kevin Bacon connection to Joan Jett: One of her biggest hits, “Crimson and Clover,” was originally a Tommy James and the […]

Wild Turkeys

Wild Turkeys

Marty’s photo of the day #2663: Yesterday I posted a photo of a herd of elk passing by my motion-sensing camera, and today I’m posting some wild turkeys. But what I really want to capture is our local peacock (who is very shy) and the momma bear and her cub. I know that the peacock […]

An elk-line

An elk-line

Marty’s photo of the day #2662: Yesterday, at 9:00 a.m., we had at least ten elk pass within two hundred feet of our house. That’s not unusual, but it’s always a surprise when it happens without humans or dogs knowing about it. This shot is the first in a sequence of five photos of elk, […]

A bird’s gotta eat

A bird’s gotta eat

Marty’s photo of the day #2661: I climbed up a rocky hill on an Antarctica island to take this photo. This is a south polar skua, looking down on a gentoo penguin colony. What the skua intends to do isn’t pleasant from a human or penguin point of view. But hey, a bird’s gotta eat.

Trump’s most famous campaign quote adjusted for accuracy

Trump’s most famous campaign quote adjusted for accuracy

As a public service, I have adjusted Donald Trump’s most famous campaign quote for accuracy. Now it makes much more sense: “When my administration sends its people, we’re not sending our best. We’re not sending you. We’re not sending you. We’re sending people that have lots of problems, and we’re bringing those problems with us. […]

The Three Amigos

The Three Amigos

Marty’s photo of the day #2660: The Three Amigos. (Royal terns, photographed along the Sea of Cortez, in Mexico)

Brown Pelicans

Brown Pelicans

Marty’s photo of the day #2659: Brown pelicans along he Sea of Cortez (Mexico).

Republicans fearmonger socialism

Republicans fearmonger socialism

One thing amazing about the Republican Cult is how easily they are able to get everyone in line for something to be scared about. Last election it was brown people, and the result was Treason Trump—“anointed by God.” This election it’s socialism, and they have made Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez their “monster” to be afraid of. With […]

Zigzagging around icebergs

Zigzagging around icebergs

Marty’s photo of the day #2658: Zigzagging around icebergs on a dreary Antarctica day.

Neptune’s revenge

Neptune’s revenge

Marty’s photo of the day #2657: I took this photo on Deception Island, which is near Antarctica. You are looking at the remains of the Hektor Whaling Station. This short excerpt from my first book, Cool Creatures, Hot Planet: Exploring the Seven Continents, provides more information: We went ashore instead at the more sheltered Whaler’s […]

Hang in there East Coast!

Hang in there East Coast!

Hang in there East Coast! Martyman feels your pain.

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