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.

The prettier bear

The prettier bear

Marty’s photo of the day #2886: Yesterday, I shared a story about essentially hiking into two black bears in a narrow Yellowstone National Park valley. The photo (see #2885) with that post showed the male bear, with a black coat. This photo shows his companion, with a brown coat. This bear didn’t stand up to […]

Bear-ly too close

Bear-ly too close

Marty’s photo of the day #2885: Last weekend, in Yellowstone National Park, we were going to hike up an old-favorite closed road that Deb and I had hiked before. Then I spotted an unmarked trail going off to the side and suggested we follow it instead. The trail went into a narrow valley and eventually […]

Trump fans take note!

Trump fans take note!

When I published Time Is Irreverent, conservative Christian Republicans were furious with how I depicted them. Hell, I even suggested that the theocracy coming out of the reign of “President Handley” would advocate shooting brown people crossing the border from Mexico. Then, last night, while Donald Trump was whining at a rally about brown people […]

Goldeneye battle royal Pt 2

Goldeneye battle royal Pt 2

Marty’s photo of the day #2884: Here’s another from the goldeneye duck battle royal I photographed last Saturday after hiking to Trout Lake in Yellowstone National Park. At first I was disappointed, because the lake was frozen, and we saw no signs of wildlife. But at the far end of the lake was a small […]

The pronghorn with the curly eyebrows

The pronghorn with the curly eyebrows

Marty’s photo of the day #2885: While in Yellowstone National Park this past weekend, I had two experiences where I stood stationary while an animal approached closer and closer, to the point that I’d never before been so close to that species in the wild. Later this week, I’ll share the bear close encounter. Today, […]

The cooperative coyote

The cooperative coyote

Marty’s photo of the day #2884: While in Yellowstone National Park this past weekend, I saw a wolf at the top of a mountain, looking down on two grizzly bears with a kill. The wolf was gone before I could focus my camera, and the grizzlies were beyond the effective range on my telephoto lens. […]

Is Christianity as a force for good dead in America?

Is Christianity as a force for good dead in America?

Initially my Time Is Irreverent series of novels, where most of the villains are Christians, was a controversial concept. How quickly things have changed. Even after Donald Trump has proven himself to be an unstable, greedy, self-serving, lying, treasonous, hateful, bigoted, criminal, cheating, evil, sack of dung beetle diarrhea, he still has solid Christian support. […]

The battle of the goldeneyes

The battle of the goldeneyes

Marty’s photo of the day #2883: Every time Deb and I visit Yellowstone National Park, we experience something amazing—and it’s not necessarily the wolves or the grizzlies. This past Saturday we hiked up to Trout Lake, which we had to ourselves. At first I was disappointed because the lake was frozen and we saw no […]

Black bear standing

Black bear standing

Marty’s photo of the day #2882: I don’t often miss posting a photo of the day, but Deb, Fiona, and I are in Yellowstone National Park, and yesterday morning we were up early to drive into the Lamar Valley. Now is the time when the locals do Yellowstone, because you can see the park before […]

Heading to ANWR

Heading to ANWR

Marty’s photo of the day #2881: I originally featured this picture in my second book, Endangered Edens: Exploring the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Costa Rica, the Everglades, and Puerto Rico. I shot this from the co-pilot’s seat of a little airplane on what is almost certainly the most dangerous flight in North America. We’re heading […]

Howler monkey mother & child

Howler monkey mother & child

Marty’s photo of the day #2880: I originally featured this picture in my second book, Endangered Edens: Exploring the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Costa Rica, the Everglades, and Puerto Rico. This is a baby howler monkey in the arms of her mother, photographed the Costa Rica.

Zebra longwing butterfly

Zebra longwing butterfly

Marty’s photo of the day #2879: I originally featured this picture in my second book, “Endangered Edens: Exploring the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Costa Rica, the Everglades, and Puerto Rico.” It’s a zebra longwing butterfly, photographed the Everglades.

Toucan

Toucan

Marty’s photo of the day #2878: I originally featured this picture in my second book, Endangered Edens: Exploring the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Costa Rica, the Everglades, and Puerto Rico.” It’s a toucan, photographed the Costa Rican rainforest.

Understanding why conservative Christians think Trump was sent by God.

Understanding why conservative Christians think Trump was sent by God.

To the top of the world!

To the top of the world!

Marty’s photo of the day #2877: For yesterday’s photo of the day, we were in Antarctica. Today we go from the bottom of the world to the top of the world for this female Lapland longspur that I photographed in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

Antarctica tops my list

Antarctica tops my list

Marty’s photo of the day #2876: When I speak at colleges, students always ask which of the seven continents I enjoyed visiting the most. When I say “Antarctica,” they’re always surprised. While every continent has its share of amazing physical features, there’s just something about Antarctica’s massive blue icebergs that make the continent extra-special.

Octopus time warp

Octopus time warp

Marty’s photo of the day #2875: In this photo, I’m enjoying the company of an octopus, in the Sea of Cortez. If you look closely you can see one of the octopus’s eyes and its siphon (which is what gives it jet propulsion to “fly” through the water). Note how wrinkled my fingers are. Spending […]

Fur seal sparring match

Fur seal sparring match

Marty’s photo of the day #2874: I photographed these fur seals on an island off the coast of Antarctica. The day was foggy, still, and quiet. The seals were calm until they saw me. Then they broke into an impromptu sparring match—their roars slicing through the silence. Show-offs!

Girl on the rocks

Girl on the rocks

Marty’s photo of the day #2873: Proving that Maxfield Parrish missed painting the finest “girl on the rocks,” this sea lion relaxes on a beautiful day in the Sea of Cortez.

Vote out the führer. Don’t impeach!

Vote out the führer. Don’t impeach!

Yesterday Führer Trump tweeted: “I wonder if the New York Times will apologize to me a second time, as they did after the 2016 Election. But this one will have to be a far bigger & better apology. On this one they will have to get down on their knees & beg for forgiveness-they are […]

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