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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White-lipped tree frog

White-lipped tree frog

Marty’s photo of the day #2557: Today we go to the wet tropics of Queensland for this cooperative, photogenic white-lipped tree frog.

Artsy anaconda

Artsy anaconda

Marty’s photo of the day #2556: Today we go artsy with a “Study in Gold and Brown.” This is an anaconda surfacing for a breath in the Amazon Rainforest of Peru.

Sea lions

Sea lions

Marty’s photo of the day #2555: Sea lions and a bonus gull. (Photographed in the Sea of Cortez)

Octopus petting

Octopus petting

Marty’s photo of the day #2554: Okay, this shot gets extra points for difficulty. I’m sitting on the floor of the Sea of Cortez; I have an octopus sitting atop my feet; I’m petting the octopus with one hand and holding the camera with the other. The water was shallow, and waves were splashing, so […]

Eagle Ray

Eagle Ray

Marty’s photo of the day #2552: This is an eagle ray, photographed in Costa Rica.

Ringed kingfisher

Ringed kingfisher

Marty’s photo of the day #2550: This is a ringed kingfisher. Photographed in Costa Rica.

Canoeing with hippos

Canoeing with hippos

Marty’s photo of the day #2549: When Deb and I canoed the Zambezi River in Zimbabwe, we passed roughly 1,500 hippos in three days. This wasn’t the hippo that bit through our canoe.

How to spot an octopus

How to spot an octopus

Marty’s photo of the day #2548: How hard is it to spot an octopus? You are looking at one right now. Photographed in the Sea of Cortez. Hint: Look dead center, and you will see an octopus eye.

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 […]

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