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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GOP thoughts and prayers

GOP thoughts and prayers

Marty’s photo of the day #2608: So far this year, 8,284 people have died via gun shots in the United States, and not a single person has risen from the dead after Republican thoughts and prayers. Frustrated by the lack of results, the Republican Party has added Herbie the Agile Wallaby to their post-shooting thoughts […]

Crossing the Brooks Range

Crossing the Brooks Range

Marty’s photo of the day #2607: Flying north over the Brooks Range in Alaska is one of the most dangerous flights anywhere. That’s because the tiny airplanes pilots use to land on the tundra in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge barely have enough power to fight the wind blowing south off the Arctic Ocean. I […]

Building on permafrost

Building on permafrost

Marty’s photo of the day #2606: Here’s your visual lesson of what happens when you build on permafrost. When the permafrost melts, your building sinks. (Photographed in Dawson City, Yukon Territory)

Termites give the world . . .

Termites give the world . . .

Marty’s photo of the day #2606: Termites give the world the finger. (Photographed in Zimbabwe)

You put your left foot in . . .

You put your left foot in . . .

Marty’s photo of the day #2605: You put your left foot in, you put your left foot out, you put your left foot in, and you shake it all about!   (Gentoo penguins, photographed on Antarctica.)

Montana Flowers

Montana Flowers

Marty’s photo of the day #2605: Mountain flowers in Montana.

Porcupine gives “that look”

Porcupine gives “that look”

Marty’s photo of the day #2604: I photographed this porcupine in Canada several years ago. When I look at this photo now, I can’t help but laugh, knowing that just about everyone in Canada is giving people from America the same look. (Don’t worry Canada. We’ll be back to normal before long.)

Pine White Butterflies

Pine White Butterflies

Marty’s photo of the day #2603: I love it each year when the pine white butterflies take flight around our house. Several years back, it was almost as if we lived in a snow globe. This year the numbers are smaller, but they are just as hypnotic to watch.

A secret message from the Republican Jesus

A secret message from the Republican Jesus

“Psst . . . Hey, ammosexuals and fetish patriots . . . Republican Jesus here. Sorry to have to hide in your refrigerator like this, but I have a super-secret message for you that has to remain just between you and me. I know you have two major fantasies: “Your first fantasy is that you […]

Sea Lion

Sea Lion

Marty’s photo of the day #2602: Here’s a sea lion that I photographed near an island in the Sea of Cortez.

Harold the lizard

Harold the lizard

Marty’s photo of the day #2601: Here’s a little lizard, I photographed in the Amazon Rainforest of Peru. Sorry, I don’t have an ID on this one, but he claims his name is Harold.

Alien of Walking Stick? You Decide!

Alien of Walking Stick? You Decide!

Marty’s photo of the day #2600: This is a walking stick I photographed in the Amazon Rainforest of Peru. Or it’s alien from a distant planet. I’m not sure.

Fred the Eyelash Viper

Fred the Eyelash Viper

Marty’s photo of the day #2599: This is Fred the Eyelash Viper. He lived on a large leaf outside the cabin we rented in the Costa Rican rainforest. Each morning and each night, Deb and I would stop and say “hi.” Fred would have responded in kind, but lack of vocal cords prevented him from […]

Howler Monkey

Howler Monkey

Marty’s photo of the day #2598: Here’s a howler monkey that I photographed in a Costa Rican rainforest.

Bat Welcoming Committee

Bat Welcoming Committee

Marty’s photo of the day #2597: The Welcoming Committee at an abandoned farmhouse in Costa Rica.

Red-winged blackbird

Red-winged blackbird

Marty’s photo of the day #2595: Red-winged blackbird (Photographed in Montana).

The longest migration on Earth

The longest migration on Earth

Marty’s photo of the day #2594: This is a tiny segment of the Porcupine caribou migration. These caribou migrate between Canada and the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska. Their 800 mile-long migration is the longest of any land animal on Earth. Now that the Republican cult and Rut Leader Trump have opened up the […]

Flooded Amazon Rainforest

Flooded Amazon Rainforest

Marty’s photo of the day #2593: I have visited the Amazon Rainforest of Peru twice: once during the dry season and once during the rainy season. I took this photo from my kayak during the rainy season. I’m not on any river, just a frequently flooded section of rainforest. If I took a photograph from […]

Wandering albatross

Wandering albatross

Marty’s photo of the day #2592: I will let a short excerpt from my first book, Cool Creatures, Hot Planet: Exploring the Seven Continents, explain this shot: Even though we were hundreds of miles away from any significant landmass, our Drake Passage voyage was never boring. I spent much of my time outside on the […]

What you always wanted to know about Iquitos

What you always wanted to know about Iquitos

Marty’s photo of the day #2592: Today’s photo certainly isn’t the prettiest one I’ve posted, but it provides the answer to a question that’s difficult to answer without local help: What do the rooftops look like in Iquitos, Peru? Luckily, Deb and I befriended a motorcar taxi driver, who took us to the parent’s house […]

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