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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Happy Groundhog Day!

Happy Groundhog Day!

Marty’s photo of the day #3151: Happy Groundhog Day! This one is a bit squirmy.

Yelling bullshit at people I otherwise agree with

Yelling bullshit at people I otherwise agree with

I am a liberal on virtually every issue. That said, I believe liberals hurt their causes when they go beyond what’s helpful and into the absurd. Not only does it turn off people in the middle, but it also turns off those who support them. The rote overuse of terms such as “microaggression,” “trigger warning,” […]

Hangin’ with an octopus

Hangin’ with an octopus

Marty’s photo of the day #3150: Just sittin’ on the floor of the Sea of Cortez, with a very mellow octopus on my feet. Oh, did she fall asleep? (Photographed in Mexico)

The GOP suicide cult

The GOP suicide cult

Sometimes bad news can be good news. Soon Senate Republicans will reject impeachment witnesses and acquit Traitor Trump. When that happens, their white-supremacist and evangelical Christian cult will celebrate without realizing that the acquittal will backfire bigly. That’s because the rest of America will know that the GOP sold out their country to protect the […]

A leopard seal on a foggy day

A leopard seal on a foggy day

Marty’s photo of the day #3149: A leopard seal on a foggy day. This excerpt from my first book, Cool Creatures, Hot Planet: Exploring the Seven Continents, summarizes the many leopard seal encounters Deb and I had when visiting Antarctica: As inviting as the water looked, its temperature wasn’t the only reason to stay dry—a […]

Howler monkeys

Howler monkeys

Marty’s photo of the day #3148: Howler monkeys, photographed in Costa Rica.

Night heron in flight

Night heron in flight

Marty’s photo of the day #3147: I debated cropping this black-crowned night heron photo, but I like the mountains in the background. To me, it gives the viewer more of a sense of flight. (Photographed in Mexico)

The only impeachment deal the Democrats should make

The only impeachment deal the Democrats should make

By standing by their cult leader, the Republicans have totally fucked themselves (and not in a good way). Over the past few weeks, pundits have speculated that the Democrats would try to make a deal with the Republicans, but the impeachment trial has changed that. If the Republicans don’t allow witnesses, their deceit will follow […]

Saved from the brink

Saved from the brink

Marty’s photo of the day #3146: I photographed this Antarctic fur seal on a little island off the coast of Antarctica. This species of fur seal almost went extinct due to over-hunting, but fortunately international protection stepped in before it was too late. Thank God the Trumps weren’t in power at that time, or Donny […]

Reflecting on the gator

Reflecting on the gator

Marty’s photo of the day #3145: An alligator in a reflection. Or is it an alligator reflecting—perhaps on her last meal? (Photographed in the Everglades)

Waterbucks

Waterbucks

Marty’s photo of the day #3144: A family of waterbucks. (Photographed in Zimbabwe)

Big Boy Bison

Big Boy Bison

Marty’s photo of the day #3143: This is one of my favorite bison photos. He’s such a big boy! (Photographed in Yellowstone National Park)

Great blue heron

Great blue heron

Marty’s photo of the day #3142: In-flight with a great blue heron.

Baby bison

Baby bison

Marty’s photo of the day #3141: Aw, baby bison! (Photographed in Yellowstone National Park)

Impeachment hearings: Fox News vs. MSNBC

Impeachment hearings: Fox News vs. MSNBC

While watching the impeachment hearings last night, I did a little switching back and forth between MSNBC and Fox News. Conservatives often justify Fox News by saying, “Well, the libtards have MSNBC.” But there really is a difference. For instance, unlike Fox News, MSNBC actually vets their stories and will come back with a correction […]

Fence-sitters: pay attention!

Fence-sitters: pay attention!

Marty’s photo of the day #3141: I’ve been watching the impeachment hearings—not with anticipation that the Republicans will suddenly discover ethics, but with the hope that Americans who normally don’t participate in politics will finally realize that the GOP is blocking witnesses and documents because they care about one thing, and one thing only: power. […]

Beware of the tussocks!

Beware of the tussocks!

Marty’s photo of the day #3140: I took this photo while hiking in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Far in the distance (about 30 miles), is the Arctic Ocean. Hiking on the tundra is tricky, because the tussocks (clumps of grass) are unstable, and if you step on them wrong, you can sprain or break […]

Southern France

Southern France

Marty’s photo of the day #3139: Sunset in Southern France.

Puerto Rican crabs have their limits

Puerto Rican crabs have their limits

Marty’s photo of the day #3138: “I can handle almost anything. Just get rid of the psychopath with the paper towels!” (Photographed in Puerto Rico)

Lion in the bush

Lion in the bush

Marty’s photo of the day #3137: When you’re out in the African bush, you never know what animals are watching you. There could be skittish impalas or hungry hyenas. Or, in this case, a young lioness who is sure you can’t see her. (Photographed in Zimbabwe)

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