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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A sad Earth Day

A sad Earth Day

Marty’s photo of the day #2521: I wish I could say “Happy Earth Day,” but this is one of the least happy Earth Days ever. I took this photo in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge—the most magical, untouched location in the United States. Pasted below is the Epilogue that I wrote for the Arctic chapter […]

How I know Planet Earth is totally screwed

How I know Planet Earth is totally screwed

Here’s how I know Planet Earth is totally screwed: I live in the mountains, in the Bitterroot Valley. No matter what the temperature, I go on a half-hour bike ride each morning down the hill to my mailbox to get the newspaper. I do this both for exercise (the ride back up is strenuous) and […]

Death penalty for drug dealers? Then be consistent and . . .

Death penalty for drug dealers? Then be consistent and . . .

Yesterday Führer Trump aroused his followers by endorsing the death penalty for drug dealers. He suggested that the penalty was appropriate because people die incidentally as a result of the drugs the dealers sell. Okay, but if we’re going to punish people with the death penalty for incidental deaths, we must be consistent and punish […]

What is this?

What is this?

Marty’s photo of the day #2434: What is this? If you’re a Republican politician, you’d think it’s a bunch of nothing in an ideal spot for an oil well. If you’re an actual human being, you might think that someone left a swatch of orange shag carpeting outside in a wet climate, and plants started […]

Honoring endangered species, part 7

Honoring endangered species, part 7

Marty’s photo of the day #2408: This week marks the 44th Anniversary of the signing of the Endangered Species Act. Since today’s Republicans would rather worship money than do something for the greater good, it’s possible that this might be the last anniversary of the ESA. With that in mind, this week I’m featuring photos […]

Honoring endangered species, part 6

Honoring endangered species, part 6

Marty’s photo of the day #2407: This week marks the 44th Anniversary of the signing of the Endangered Species Act. Since today’s Republicans would rather worship money than do something for the greater good, it’s possible that this might be the last anniversary of the ESA. With that in mind, this week I’m featuring photos […]

Honoring endangered species, part 5

Honoring endangered species, part 5

Marty’s photo of the day #2406. This week marks the 44th Anniversary of the signing of the Endangered Species Act. Since today’s Republicans would rather worship money than do something for the greater good, it’s possible that this might be the last anniversary of the ESA. With that in mind, this week I’m featuring photos […]

Honoring endangered species, part 4

Honoring endangered species, part 4

Marty’s photo of the day #2405. This week marks the 44th Anniversary of the signing of the Endangered Species Act. Since today’s Republicans would rather worship money than do something for the greater good, it’s possible that this might be the last anniversary of the ESA. With that in mind, this week I’m featuring photos […]

Honoring endangered species, part 3

Honoring endangered species, part 3

Marty’s photo of the day #2404. This week marks the 44th Anniversary of the signing of the Endangered Species Act. Since today’s Republicans would rather worship money than do something for the greater good, it’s possible that this might be the last anniversary of the ESA. With that in mind, this week I’m featuring photos […]

Honoring endangered species, part 2

Honoring endangered species, part 2

Marty’s photo of the day #2403. This week marks the 44th Anniversary of the signing of the Endangered Species Act. Since today’s Republicans despise anything that has to do with conservation—they prefer to worship money—it’s possible that this might be the last anniversary of the ESA. With that in mind, this week I’m featuring photos […]

Honoring endangered species, part 1

Honoring endangered species, part 1

Marty’s photo of the day #2402. This week marks the 44th Anniversary of the signing of the Endangered Species Act. Since today’s Republicans despise anything that has to do with conservation—they prefer to worship money—it’s possible that this might be the last anniversary of the ESA. With that in mind, this week I’m featuring photos […]

Will they be migrating to oil wells?

Will they be migrating to oil wells?

Marty’s photo of the day #2401: I took this photo in the Yukon Territory. This is a small section of the Porcupine caribou migration. Traveling more than 700 miles between Canada and the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, in Alaska, it is the longest terrestrial migration on Earth. Of course now that the sinister Republican tax […]

I resolve not to spit in the face . . .

I resolve not to spit in the face . . .

Marty’s photo of the day #2394: The Republican-led Senate just passed their tax bill, which is a giveaway to the rich (Jesus’s favorite people) and opens up the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil drilling (because Jesus thinks wilderness looks better covered with oil spills). Consequently, here is my New Year’s Resolution: I resolve not […]

The silver lining of the Trump presidency . . .

The silver lining of the Trump presidency . . .

The hypocrisy and disingenuousness of conservative Christians has never been more apparent than it is now with their support of everything Donald Trump. First, they voted overwhelmingly for Trump, who is the opposite of the Jesus depicted in the Bible, then they supported Trump when he attempted to take away health care, gave corporate polluters […]

Caribou in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

Caribou in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

Marty’s photo of the day #2370: These caribou are in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge—the most pristine and remote region in the United States. In the coming weeks, greedy Republicans will likely open up parts of this refuge to oil drilling. “Praise, Jesus!” they will say, as they rape the land for oil company profits […]

National jewel soon to be poisoned

National jewel soon to be poisoned

Marty’s photo of the day #2369: This is the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge—the most pristine and remote region in the United States. In the coming weeks, greedy Republicans will likely open up parts of this refuge to oil drilling. “Praise, Jesus!” they will say, as they rape the land for oil company profits and political […]

Charge them with murder

Charge them with murder

If you aim a gun at a person’s head and shoot, you will be charged with murder—even if it takes a while for the victim to die. By ripping apart every environmental regulation they can get their hands on, Donald Trump and Scott Pruitt are aiming a gun at the world and shooting. Deaths won’t […]

Global warming deniers don’t want you to know this

Global warming deniers don’t want you to know this

Marty’s photo of the day #2332: When I speak at colleges, this is one of the photos I use when discussing global warming. Disingenuous Republican global warming deniers use the ice cube example to “prove” that the melting ice caps won’t raise sea levels. In that example, you fill a glass full of water and […]

Let me respond of behalf of Puerto Ricans who . . .

Let me respond of behalf of Puerto Ricans who . . .

Marty’s photo of the day #2322: This morning, at 5:19 a.m., President Evil tweeted, “Such poor leadership ability by the Mayor of San Juan, and others in Puerto Rico, who are not able to get their workers to help. They want everything to be done for them when it should be a community effort.” So […]

President Evil and Puerto Rico

President Evil and Puerto Rico

Marty’s photo of the day #2319: I read how President Evil is blaming Puerto Rico for much of the damage caused by Hurricane Maria. Instead, the only humans deserving blame are Republican politicians, for their more than thirty years of global warming denial, votes against the environment, and renewable energy obstruction. With that in mind, […]

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