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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Desert in bloom

Desert in bloom

Marty’s photo of the day #2547: Five years ago, I was on a speaking tour that took me to the Arizona-California border. During an off-day between gigs, I explored the Mojave National Preserve. The desert was in bloom—a stunning sight! This is a yucca plant.

After hundreds of shows, the most memorable are . . .

After hundreds of shows, the most memorable are  . . .

Marty’s photo of the day #2546: I’m posting late today because, oh joy, I’ve been on airplanes since early this morning, flying from Philadelphia to Missoula. Yesterday’s show at Rowan College at Gloucester County was my last for this school year. Next year will be my twelfth of speaking at colleges. When you’ve performed hundreds […]

White ibis

White ibis

Marty’s photo of the day #2545: I took today’s photo in one of my favorite places in the United States: the Everglades. This is a white ibis.

Snow dog

Snow dog

Marty’s photo of the day #2543: This photo is out of season, but when I came across it this morning it cracked me up. Lucy loves her snow!

Zimbabwe for two bucks

Zimbabwe for two bucks

Marty’s photo of the day #2542: Today, I take you to Zimbabwe for a couple of bucks. Waterbucks, that is.

Along the Antarctica coast

Along the Antarctica coast

Marty’s photo of the day #2541: I haven’t posted a scenic shot for a while. This one features a small but tall island on the right and Antarctica on the left.

Scarlet Macaw

Scarlet Macaw

Marty’s photo of the day #2540: Here’s a scarlet macaw that I photographed in Costa Rica. This picture also appears in my second book, “Endangered Edens: Exploring the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Costa Rica, the Everglades, and Puerto Rico.”

Bush snakes, boomslangs, and cobras

Bush snakes, boomslangs, and cobras

Marty’s photo of the day #2539: This excerpt from my first book, Cool Creatures, Hot Planet: Exploring the Seven Continents, explains today’s picture:   I was looking forward to a nap until Ashley, the camp manager, mentioned over lunch that she had recently seen both a Mozambique spitting cobra and a spotted bush snake on […]

The last thing an insect sees before dying

The last thing an insect sees before dying

Marty’s photo of the day #2538: Because I often see spruce grouse hunting for insects on our dirt road, I assumed insects were their primary diet. While the birds do eat insects in the summer, overall they mostly eat pine needles! Since I took this photo in the summer, I can still think of it […]

Dropping the nut bomb

Dropping the nut bomb

Marty’s photo of the day #2537: “That blond-haired guy with the camera is almost in the correct spot. Okay . . . just a few more feet . . . a little more . . .” (White-faced capuchin monkey, photographed in Costa Rica.)

Baby badger action

Baby badger action

Marty’s photo of the day #2536: Can you handle a little baby badger action this morning? (Photographed in the Bitterroot Valley, Montana)

Don’t trust that laugh!

Don’t trust that laugh!

Marty’s photo of the day #2535: Here’s what I wrote about laughing kookaburras in my first book, Cool Creatures, Hot Planet: Exploring the Seven Continents: Though not as stunning as the kingfishers or cockatoos, laughing kookaburras are handsome gray and white birds with a very famous call: Oo-oo-oo-aw-aw-aw-oo-oo-oo-aw-aw-aw. When motion picture soundtracks were in their […]

The many moods of ground squirrels

The many moods of ground squirrels

Marty’s photo of the day #2534: I take far more ground squirrel pictures than the average wildlife photographer, but the rodents project so many different moods. They can be funny, they can be playful, they can be serious, or, in this case, they can be artsy.

Bottlenose dolphin

Bottlenose dolphin

Marty’s photo of the day #2533: I photographed this bottlenose dolphin in Costa Rica. This photo also appears in my book, Endangered Edens: Exploring the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Costa Rica, the Everglades, and Puerto Rico.

Zebra long-wing butterfly

Zebra long-wing butterfly

Marty’s photo of the day #2532: I photographed this zebra long-wing butterfly in the Everglades. This photo also appears in my book, Endangered Edens: Exploring the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Costa Rica, the Everglades, and Puerto Rico.

Long-billed hermit

Long-billed hermit

Marty’s photo of the day #2531: I photographed this long-billed hermit in Costa Rica. This photo also appears in my book, “Endangered Edens: Exploring the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Costa Rica, the Everglades, and Puerto Rico.”

Willow Ptarmigan

Willow Ptarmigan

Marty’s photo of the day #2531: I photographed this willow ptarmigan in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. You can also find a different version of this image in my book Endangered Edens.

The successful crossing

The successful crossing

Marty’s photo of the day #2530: I rarely post photos of the same animals on successive days, but so many people liked yesterday’s photo of the baby bison crossing the river with their mother that I’m following up with this image, captured after they successfully reached the other side.

Crossing the river

Crossing the river

Marty’s photo of the day #2529: “Mom! Mom! This isn’t a good idea. The river is really deep!”

You can’t tell me that priest isn’t . . .

You can’t tell me that priest isn’t . . .

Marty’s photo of the day #2528: You’re looking at a section of art on the side of a church in Spain. And you can’t tell me that some of the priests aren’t checking out the boy’s ass! Spanish churches are amazing, but they also demonstrate the political aspect of religion that puts money and power […]

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