Nature photography, political rants, and Martyman laughs from the ten-time award-winning author of "Cool Creatures, Hot Planet" and "Endangered Edens."

Posts in category Stories

Goldfrapp, Melissa Etheridge, Garbage concert happiness

Goldfrapp, Melissa Etheridge, Garbage concert happiness

Marty’s photos of the day #2409-2011: This past year was the year to check-off the last three acts on my bucket list that I absolutely had to see live: Goldfrapp, Melissa Etheridge, and Garbage. All three concerts were outstanding. If I had to pick a favorite, it would be Goldfrapp, because their Seattle concert was […]

Only one day left to win . . .

Only one day left to win . . .

With just one day left to the end of my Kindle Scout campaign—and a chance for you to win of free copy of  Time Is Irreverent—I’m featuring some of the new liberal Ten Commandments Marty Mann and Nellie Dixon present to the people of Galilee in AD 31 when they crash the Sermon on the Mount. […]

Only two days left to win . . .

Only two days left to win . . .

With just two days left to the end of my Kindle Scout campaign—and a chance for you to win of free copy of  Time Is Irreverent—I’m featuring some of the new liberal Ten Commandments Marty Mann and Nellie Dixon present to the people of Galilee in AD 31 when they crash the Sermon on the Mount. […]

Only three days left to win . . .

Only three days left to win . . .

With just three days left to the end of my Kindle Scout campaign—and a chance for you to win of free copy of  Time Is Irreverent—I’m featuring some of the new liberal Ten Commandments Marty Mann and Nellie Dixon present to the people of Galilee in AD 31 when they crash the Sermon on the Mount. […]

Only five days left to vote and win . . .

Only five days left to vote and win . . .

 With just five days left to the end of my Kindle Scout campaign—and a chance for you to win of free copy of  Time Is Irreverent—I’m featuring some of the new liberal Ten Commandments Marty Mann and Nellie Dixon present to the people of Galilee in AD 31 when they crash the Sermon on the […]

Only six days left to vote and win . . .

Only six days left to vote and win . . .

With just six days left to the end of my Kindle Scout campaign—and a chance for you to win of free copy of “Time Is Irreverent”—I’m featuring some of the new liberal Ten Commandments Marty Mann and Nellie Dixon present to the people of Galilee in AD 31 when they crash the Sermon on the […]

Only 7 days left to vote and win . . .

Only 7 days left to vote and win . . .

With just one week left to the end of my Kindle Scout campaign—and a chance for you to win of free copy of “Time Is Irreverent”—I’m featuring some of the new liberal Ten Commandments Marty Mann and Nellie Dixon present to the people of Galilee in AD 31 when they crash the Sermon on the […]

The story of the naked walk

The story of the naked walk

Marty’s photo of the day #2397: This is a picture of our twelve-foot-tall Christmas tree and the story of the naked walk. Eight years ago, the furnace in our relatively new house suffered a series of breakdowns (likely due to repairman incompetence). Eventually we hired a different furnace company, which talked us into getting a […]

Hippo yawn

Hippo yawn

Marty’s photo of the day #2395: On December 14, I posted a photo of me looking through a hole in my canoe, after a hippo bit through it. Today, I’m following up on that post with a shot of a hippo “yawn.” When the hippo bit the canoe, it snapped the gunwale, which means the […]

Surviving a hippo attack

Surviving a hippo attack

Marty’s photo of the day #2393: This is me, looking through the hole in Deb’s and my canoe, after a hippo bit through it. If you haven’t heard the hippo attack story before, here’s a short excerpt from my first book, Cool Creatures, Hot Planet: Exploring the Seven Continents, which explains what happened:   Deb […]

Charging Fur Seal

Charging Fur Seal

Marty’s photo of the day #2388: This short excerpt from my first book, Cool Creatures, Hot Planet: Exploring the Seven Continents, explains the shot: As Olle and the others meandered away, I lagged behind to take some photos. In the midst of setting up a shot, I inadvertently invaded the personal space of a fur […]

Cape Horn has another victim

Cape Horn has another victim

Marty’s photo of the day #2374: This short excerpt from my first book , Cool Creatures, Hot Planet: Exploring the Seven Continents, explains this shot:   In 1616, Willem Cornelis Schouten became the first person to sail around Cape Horn (the southern tip of South America). From Schouten’s time to the present, treacherous seas have […]

Not all men are creeps

Not all men are creeps

Like most of you, when I read all these stories about celebrities and politicians sexually assaulting women, I generally believe the stories and hope the men get what’s coming to them. Additionally, I’m a strong advocate for women’s rights and am the agent for a civility speaker who does a sexual assault prevention program in […]

The curious leopard seal

The curious leopard seal

Marty’s photo of the day #2359: This is leopard seal, and below is a short excerpt from my first book, “Cool Creatures, Hot Planet: Exploring the Seven Continents,” about leopard seals: As inviting as the water looked, its temperature wasn’t the only reason to stay dry—a curious leopard seal had swum over to check us […]

Drunk shopping

Drunk shopping

Marty’s photo of the day #2350: With Spain in the news so much lately, I thought I’d share with you a fun excerpt from my first book, Cool Creatures, Hot Planet: Exploring the Seven Continents. Drunk shopping: After several days of conversing only between ourselves, Deb and I relished the opportunity to speak with someone […]

May the Yankees be the bat and the Twins be the boa!

May the Yankees be the bat and the Twins be the boa!

Marty’s photo of the day #2325: Today’s photo is of a Puerto Rican boa constricting a bat. When I was in Puerto Rico, working on my second book, Endangered Edens, Deb and I hiked out to a cave to watch this amazing feat of nature. Puerto Rican boas hung by their tails and plucked the […]

Life among the right-wingers

Life among the right-wingers

As followers of my posts know: I live in one of the most right-wing areas in conservative Montana. Consequently, it’s not the most friendly place for an outspoken liberal to live. One thing I do—both for exercise and to reduce my carbon footprint—is go on a half-hour bike ride each morning to my mail and […]

The Endurance, trapped in the ice

The Endurance, trapped in the ice

Marty’s photo of the day #2281: I don’t post about personal possessions, but I’m going to make the exception today, because the story behind it is so fascinating. Many of you know the story of Ernest Shackleton and his ill-fated Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition. On January 19, 1915 the Endurance became trapped in the ice off […]

Woman rock on guitar!

Woman rock on guitar!

Marty’s photo of the day #2276: Rock and roll is generally a liberal form of music. Even so, when it comes to guitarists, there is still quite a bit of sexism, as women seldom get the credit they deserve for their ability to play their instruments. I, being a non-sexist kind of guy, insist on […]

Pat Benatar 36 years later

Pat Benatar 36 years later

Marty’s photo of the day #2275: I saw Pat Benatar at the Saint Paul Civic Center in 1981. My opinion back then was that she was better on record than she was on stage. Not that she sucked or anything. She just wasn’t exciting live. I would have never gone to a Pat Benatar concert […]

Recent Posts

Categories