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.

Posts by Marty Essen

To those who believe “God ordained Trump”

To those who believe “God ordained Trump”

If you are a Democrat in the U.S. House of Representatives, and you paraphrase Trump’s Ukraine “do me a favor” call, President Crybaby will whine, “Treason!” The same goes for the whistleblower, who President Crybaby threatened with death using mobster language. Oh, and if that’s not enough, the dirty-diapered little man just upped the ante […]

Amazon lizard

Amazon lizard

Marty’s photo of the day #3028: I photographed this beautiful lizard deep in the Amazon Rainforest of Peru. When I tried to identify it, I came up with multiple possibilities. It could be one of those, or none of those. So I’m punting on the ID this time.

Sunday morning cuteness

Sunday morning cuteness

Marty’s photo of the day #3027: Your Sunday morning cuteness train. (Mallard ducks, photographed in the Bitterroot Valley of Montana.)

Husband and wife magpies

Husband and wife magpies

Marty’s photo of the day #3026: “Damn it, Robert! You left the toilet seat up again.” (Magpies, photographed in the Bitterroot Valley of Montana.)

President KKKlueless and why this time it’s different

President KKKlueless and why this time it’s different

Like many of you, I get frustrated that Donald Trump has scandal after scandal and always seems to escape. His cult is very effective at either just not caring or not having the brains God gave an animal cracker. To see for yourself, visit Townhall(dot)com, where at this moment Trump is a saint and the […]

The Lion and the Nine O’Clock Mouse

The Lion and the Nine O’Clock Mouse

Marty’s photo of the day #3025: Living in the forest at the edge of the mountains, surrounded by the Essen Wildlife Refuge, is mostly wonderful. It’s beautiful and we see so much wildlife. All the animals are protected here—I just wish they would understand that the Wildlife Refuge does not include the inside of our […]

Hey GOP! Karma is a bitch!

Hey GOP! Karma is a bitch!

When the shocking news arrived on Election Night 2016 that Donald Trump won the Electoral College, my wife and I struggled to find something positive about the tragedy. In the end, we both agreed that what happened might be better for the Democrats and Planet Earth in the long-run. Had Hillary Clinton become president, the […]

Red Panda Cuteness

Red Panda Cuteness

Marty’s photo of the day #3024: I rarely post photos of captive animals, but this one is too cute not to share. I was on a speaking tour several years ago, and performed a few shows at Oglebay’s Good Zoo in Wheeling, West Virginia. Between shows the zoo’s director gave me a behind the scenes […]

Momma Elephant? Don’t mind us!

Momma Elephant? Don’t mind us!

Marty’s photo of the day #3023: For the last chapter in my first book, Cool Creatures, Hot Planet: Exploring the Seven Continents, I wanted something special for the big finish. When most people go to Africa, they are secured safely inside Land Rovers. Deb and I, however, hiked 53 miles across Mana Pools National Park […]

President KKKlueless and the Climate Action Summit

President KKKlueless and the Climate Action Summit

So President KKKlueless showed up at the Climate Action Summit, not to talk about our climate crisis and the mass extinctions, human deaths, and wars that will result from it, but instead to walk into an adjacent conference room to give a speech about religious persecution. Yes, this from the Muslim Ban President! In actuality, […]

Arctic Skua

Arctic Skua

Marty’s photo of the day #3022: Animals in the Antarctic region have very little fear of people. I photographed this Arctic skua with a little camera at the recommended approach distance of roughly 15 feet. Animals in the Antarctic region have very little fear of people. I photographed this Arctic skua with a little camera […]

Borneo Walking Stick

Borneo Walking Stick

Marty’s photo of the day #3021: I photographed this walking stick while backpacking with the Iban (a tribe once famous for headhunting), deep in Borneo’s rainforest.

Feeding the lemurs

Feeding the lemurs

Marty’s photo of the day #3020: Ah, the perks of being an educational entertainer! I have performed “Around the World in 90 Minutes” at hundreds of colleges in 46 states, but every once in a while I will perform the show at a museum or a zoo. Several years ago, I did a show at […]

Red Panda perks

Red Panda perks

Marty’s photo of the day #3019: Ah, the perks of being an educational entertainer! I have performed “Around the World in 90 Minutes” at hundreds of colleges in 46 states, but every once in a while I will perform the show at a museum or a zoo. Several years ago, I did a show at […]

Enjoying Montana

Enjoying Montana

Marty’s photo of the day #3018: Deb, Fiona and the dogs enjoy a summer day in Montana.

Would Jesus support Trump’s EPA?

Would Jesus support Trump’s EPA?

So Donald Trump instructs the EPA to kiss the asses of oil companies and other corporate polluters, but by God, if a city has too many homeless people he instructs the EPA to pounce! (Not to help the homeless people mind you, but to get rid of them . . . somehow.) To all you […]

There’s always the moose

There’s always the moose

Marty’s photo of the day #3017: If I haven’t been out photographing wildlife, I’m never sure what photo on my hard drive will catch my attention for my morning post. One thing is for sure. I have a ton of moose photos to choose from—all taken on the Essen Wildlife Refuge that surrounds our house. […]

Trump and his Cult of Chumps

Trump and his Cult of Chumps

Hey Trump fans! Can any of you honestly say that you would have been hunky dory if Obama were president and Congress had subpoenaed three of his people to testify, but two ignored the subpoena and the one that showed up stonewalled—all doing so on Obama’s instructions? I realize that asking you about honesty is […]

Osprey

Osprey

Marty’s photo of the day #3016: An osprey glides over the Bitterroot Valley in Montana.

Ponte Santa Trinita Bridge

Ponte Santa Trinita Bridge

Marty’s photo of the day #3015: Deb and I were in Italy this past December. It was a concert by Within Temptation (from the Netherlands) that brought us to the country, but we did a lot more than just see one of the best rock bands on the planet. This is the Ponte Santa Trinita […]

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