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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Spotted round ray

Spotted round ray

Marty’s photo of the day #3366: Today we go to the Sea of Cortez in Mexico for a little underwater photography. This is a spotted round ray.

Western sandpipers

Western sandpipers

Marty’s photo of the day #3365: Western sandpipers along the Great Salt Lake in Utah.

Montana rainbow

Montana rainbow

Marty’s photo of the day #3364: A southwestern Montana scenic.

Artsy duck

Artsy duck

Marty’s photo of the day #3363: Today we go a bit artsy with this female mallard duck. (Photographed in the Bitterroot Valley of Montana)

Sleeping baby owls

Sleeping baby owls

Marty’s photo of the day #3362: This is a great horned owl watching over her three chicks. I’ve never seen baby owls sleep this way, but despite looking dead, they are very much alive. (Photographed in the Bitterroot Valley of Montana)

Parque Regional de la Sierra de Gredos

Parque Regional de la Sierra de Gredos

Marty’s photo of the day #3362: One of my favorite hikes in Spain was in Parque Regional de la Sierra de Gredos. Deb and I pretty much had the place to ourselves. Well . . . us and a small herd of Spanish ibex. It was wonderful!

Lions on the prowl

Lions on the prowl

Marty’s photo of the day #3361: Look closely and you’ll see lions on both sides of the Cape buffalo. Overall, five lionesses took part in the hunt. Deb and I watched for about forty-five minutes, but the lions never moved in for a kill. Photographed in Zimbabwe.

American white ibis

American white ibis

Marty’s photo of the day #3360: This is an American white ibis, photographed in the Everglades.

Fall in the Yukon Territory

Fall in the Yukon Territory

Marty’s photo of the day #3359: Fall is almost here. While many of you have mixed feelings about that, here’s a preview of fall from the Yukon Territory of Canada.

Look closely

Look closely

Marty’s photo of the day #3358: Look closely—there are two walking sticks in this picture. Photographed in the Amazon Rainforest of Peru.

Adélie penguin

Adélie penguin

Marty’s photo of the day #3357: This is an Adélie penguin, photographed on an island just off the coast of Antarctica.

And then the hippo bit . . .

And then the hippo bit . . .

Marty’s photo of the day #3356: My sixth book, Hits, Heathens, and Hippos: Stories from an Agent, Activist, and Adventurer, is complete and will be published sometime next year. In that book, I share a hilarious story about Montana’s Democratic Governor Brian Schweitzer “coercing” me into paying way, way too much for a signed Hillary […]

Moose hide-and-seek

Moose hide-and-seek

Marty’s photo of the day #3355: Ah! Nothing says “Montana” quite like a vigorous game of moose-hide-and-seek in the front yard.

Costa Rica clouds

Costa Rica clouds

Marty’s photo of the day #3354: Coast Rica is down there, somewhere.

Calliope hummingbird

Calliope hummingbird

Marty’s photo of the day #3353: Here’s a calliope hummingbird, photographed in the Bitterroot Valley of Montana.

Happy National Dog Day!

Happy National Dog Day!

Marty’s photo of the day #3352: Today is National Dog Day, so of course I have to feature a photo of Nellie. We adopted Nellie from the local animal shelter, and she is approximately nine months old. During the three weeks we’ve had her, Deb and I are in agreement on two things: 1) No […]

Simple and unplanned

Simple and unplanned

Marty’s photo of the day #3351: This photo goes back to 2018 in Genova, Italy. Deb and I had gotten lost and arrived late to the apartment we rented. Restaurants within walking distance were full, so we stepped into a tiny market, bought a couple bottles of Italian wine, several varieties of cheese, crackers, smoked […]

The Matterhorn in the Morning

The Matterhorn in the Morning

Marty’s photo of the day #3350: The Matterhorn in the morning (Switzerland).

The Sunday morning puppy

The Sunday morning puppy

Marty’s photo of the day #3349: Nellie, our nine-month-old rescue dog, has been with us for three weeks now. Since Deb and I were starting all over (after the last of our three elderly dogs died), we had some important decisions to make. Do we let Nellie onto the couch? Do we let Nellie climb […]

Going batty in Costa Rica

Going batty in Costa Rica

Marty’s photo of the day #3348: Here’s a short excerpt from my second book, Endangered Edens: Exploring the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Costa Rica, the Everglades, and Puerto Rico: When we planned our hike to the farmhouse, I immediately thought of the two-story farmhouse my grandparents had owned in northern Minnesota. I knew the Costa […]

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