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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No Newt is Good Newt in the Amazon Rainforest

No Newt is Good Newt in the Amazon Rainforest

Marty’s photo of the day #3200: Back in the 1990s, I had a side business selling No Newt is Good Newt T-shirts and sweatshirts. When Newt Gingrich resigned as Speaker of the House in 1998, no one wanted the shirts anymore (or, to look at it more positively, the shirts worked!), and to this day […]

Corporations must go to the end of the line!

Corporations must go to the end of the line!

In the past, when renewable energy companies asked for help, Republicans screamed, “Free market! We can’t pick and choose the winners!” Yet now, when airlines, hotels, and other corporations in their stock portfolio ask for help, Republicans proclaim, “Yes! If we don’t help them, the cure will be worse than the problem!” Congress and the […]

Mitch! Is that you?

Mitch! Is that you?

Marty’s photo of the day #3199: I’m not sure what to title this shot: 1) A study in brown 2) Cane toads in Australia 3) Mitch McConnell and his family in the next life

Wrong number!

Wrong number!

Marty’s photo of the day #3198: Phew! I was worried there for a moment. I thought it was ARACHNID-19, but it was only ARACHNID-18. (Photographed in the Amazon rainforest of Peru)

There’s no quarantining here . . . or there!

There’s no quarantining here . . . or there!

Marty’s photo of the day #3197: If you’ve read my first book, Cool Creatures, Hot Planet: Exploring the Seven Continents, you know the story of Deb’s and my near-death adventure backpacking with the Iban tribe on the island of Borneo. Later we spent a day at an Iban longhouse to rest and recover. The COVID-19 […]

Marty’s photo of the day #3196: If an alligator looks like this, and you aren’t peering through binoculars or a telephoto lens, you are using improper social distancing technique. Please remember to hold all conversations with alligators at a distance of at least fifteen feet. (Photographed in the Everglades)

Toilet paper marauders

Toilet paper marauders

Today I read a newspaper article about the long lines at gun stores from people stocking up on guns and ammo. I can imagine those men talking to their wives now: “Honey, I need to protect your toilet paper. If anyone comes within 50 feet of those precious rolls, I’ll blow their heads off!” Still, […]

I’m going to miss live music

I’m going to miss live music

Marty’s photo of the day #3195: Ohhh . . .  a packed concert in Italy. Sniff. I’m going to miss such things. This photo is from the Within Temptation concert Deb and I attended in Italy a little over a year ago. I’m so glad we chose that time to see them. Their current European […]

Thank you Bernie! Now it’s time to go.

Thank you Bernie! Now it’s time to go.

I thank Bernie Sanders for all he has done to bring awareness to so many important issues. I also thank him for successfully pushing the Democratic Party leftward to more liberal thinking. Now I look forward to thanking him for gracefully dropping out of the Democratic primary within the next few days (COVID-19 makes his […]

Penguins to the rescue!

Penguins to the rescue!

Marty’s photo of the day #3194: On days where I’m unsure of what to post, penguins always come to my rescue. I photographed these gentoo penguins on a tiny island off the coast of Antarctica.

Republicans want socialized corporate loses

Republicans want socialized corporate loses

Republicans claim they don’t like socialism, but that’s a lie. What they want is privatized profits and socialized losses. Almost every American is going to be hurt financially by the COVID-19 shutdown. Nevertheless, it’s already quite obvious that it’s big corporations that will get the highest percentage of bailouts, not American citizens. The airline industry, […]

Watch out!

Watch out!

Marty’s photo of the day #3193: When Deb and I were hiking in Mexico, we had to be extra careful to avoid the rock monsters.

Spider monkey

Spider monkey

Marty’s photo of the day #3192: This is a spider monkey, photographed while exploring a rainforest in Costa Rica.

If Trump’s National Day of prayer doesn’t work, then . . .

If Trump’s National Day of prayer doesn’t work, then . . .

To fight COVID-19 and appease his evangelical followers, Donald Trump has declared today a “National Day of Prayer.” That’s fine—as long as the rules regarding the results are consistent. If COVID-19 suddenly stops in America, Trump’s right-wing Christian followers will rightfully claim that prayer works and God swooped in to help. On the other hand, […]

An anniversary in the rainforest

An anniversary in the rainforest

Marty’s photo of the day #3191: Being self-employed often means seldom taking a vacation. Before Deb and I traveled to all seven continents in four years, we had gone ten years without taking a vacation, other than occasional long-weekend backpacking trips. Even then, our seven continents of adventures were technically work, because I turned them […]

Just how loud is that?

Just how loud is that?

Having been a radio station DJ and a manager for rock bands, my ears took a beating—especially in my teens through mid-thirties. Now that I am um . . . a little older, I can still hear fine, except for, apparently, the distant sound of crickets. Consequently, I now try to balance my love of […]

Demonstrating social distance

Demonstrating social distance

Marty’s photo of the day #3190: This is my wife, Deb, north of the Arctic Circle, demonstrating social distance. Other than me behind the camera, there was likely no other person within fifty miles. The two of us were talking last night, and life during the COVID-19 pandemic won’t change much for us. We live […]

How life would be different with a single change to history

How life would be different with a single change to history

I love writing the Time Is Irreverent series of novels, because the characters allow me to demonstrate how things would be different with a single change to history. For instance, in the first novel time-traveling protagonists Marty Mann and Nellie Dixon show how life today would be different if Christianity hadn’t taken hold, and in […]

It looks like something I’ve seen before. . . .

It looks like something I’ve seen before. . . .

Marty’s photo of the day #3189: This cactus I photographed in Puerto Rico looks like something I’ve seen before, but I just can’t place it. . . . . Oh, yeah! It looks like a maraca with a bent handle.

Northern Alaska

Northern Alaska

Marty’s photo of the day #3188: Here’s a scenic shot from northern Alaska.

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