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.

Canoeing with hippos

Canoeing with hippos

Marty’s photo of the day #3656: Canoeing with hippos on the Zambezi River in Zimbabwe.

Not Rush Limbaugh’s brain

Not Rush Limbaugh’s brain

Marty’s photo of the day #3655: No, this is not a slice of Rush Limbaugh’s brain. It’s a formation inside a cave in Belize. And no, the formation wasn’t actually this color. I just got a little carried away with creative filters while preparing the photo for publication. And when I tried a reddish filter, […]

Time for Nellie

Time for Nellie

Marty’s photo of the day #3654: Aside from being an author, my other career is being a college speaker and running Encante Entertainment, Inc., an agency that books other speakers (including Emmy nominee Naomi Grossman, civility speaker Traciana Graves, and Damona Hoffman of the Drew Barrymore Show). What does that have to do with this […]

Senator George McGovern and me

Senator George McGovern and me

Marty’s photo of the day #3653: For the 4th of July, I thought I’d share an excerpt from my latest book, Hits, Heathens, and Hippos: Stories from an Agent, Activist, and Adventurer. In this excerpt, I talk about creating and publishing my first book, Cool Creatures, Hot Planet: Exploring the Seven Continents. And yes, it […]

From the other side of the fence

From the other side of the fence

Marty’s photo of the day #3652: I took this photo while hiking in the rainforest of Malaysian Borneo. At the time, George W. Bush and the Republicans had led America into attacking Iraq without provocation, and only days earlier U.S. soldiers had ripped down Saddam Hussein’s statue. Back home, right-wingers were all over the media, […]

What makes a snake the “most deadly”?

What makes a snake the “most deadly”?

Marty’s photo of the day #3651: What makes a snake the “most deadly”? This is a fer-de-lance—a snake many consider the deadliest snake in the Western Hemisphere. Some snakes, such as a bushmaster, have more potent venom, but fer-de-lances are difficult to see in the rainforest and are easily stepped on. When that happens, their […]

Smoky jungle frog

Smoky jungle frog

Marty’s photo of the day #3650: This is a smoky jungle frog. Photographed in the Amazon Rainforest of Peru.

GQP hot air

GQP hot air

Marty’s photo of the day #3649: If Republicans had balls, even one-billionth the size of these, we’d be well on our way to solving the global warming crisis and Donald Trump wouldn’t be starting up his white supremacist rallies again. So just remember: no matter what form the hot air comes in this summer, it’s […]

The Badlands

The Badlands

Marty’s photo of the day #3648: Deb and I just returned to Montana after a week-long trip to Minnesota for Deb’s father’s funeral. Milt Froehlich actually died back in January and caught COVID-19 while in the nursing home. He was too ornery to let COVID kill him, but after he recovered it was just time […]

The best seat in the rainforest

The best seat in the rainforest

Marty’s photo of the day #3647: A baby howler monkey rides through the Costa Rican rainforest on his mother’s back.

Berry-eating woodpecker

Berry-eating woodpecker

Marty’s photo of the day #3646: I never knew pileated woodpeckers ate anything but insects, until I watched this one munching berries beside my house.

The caribou surprise

The caribou surprise

Marty’s photo of the day #3646: Surprising some caribou, while canoeing the Aichilik River in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

Brown Pelican

Brown Pelican

Marty’s photo of the day #3645: Brown pelican, photographed on the Sea of Cortez.

Borneo stick insect

Borneo stick insect

Marty’s photo of the day #3644: Here’s one of the many stick insects I photographed while backpacking in the rainforest of Borneo.

Barter Island Airport

Barter Island Airport

Marty’s photo of the day #3643: After Deb and I canoed across the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (going south to north), we continued out onto the Arctic Ocean until reaching a tiny village on Barter Island. There we enjoyed hot showers and soft beds before flying back to Fairbanks the next morning. This photo shows […]

Yes, it’s a musk ox

Yes, it’s a musk ox

Marty’s photo of the day #3642: Today we go artsy with a photo you may have to look at for a bit to figure out. It’s an extreme close-up of a musk ox.

Desert tortoise

Desert tortoise

Marty’s photo of the day #3641: I photographed this desert tortoise while exploring the Mojave Desert, along the California-Arizona border. What a face!

The GOP’s Montana cabin

The GOP’s Montana cabin

Marty’s photo of the day #3640: If you follow political news, you’ve probably read that Arizona Republicans have clandestinely moved copies of their state’s 2020 election data to a remote cabin in Montana for “auditing.” Yeah, it’s always Montana. Many have speculated about the location of the cabin, but I have found it! Shhhh! “Important, […]

The Jesus Christ lizard

The Jesus Christ lizard

Marty’s photo of the day #3639: Don’t you just love the long rear claws of this Jesus Christ lizard? These lizards are named as such, because when they are young, they have the ability to run across small bodies of water—using only their hind legs. This large Jesus Christ lizard would sink. (Photographed in Costa […]

Spanish broom or . . .

Spanish broom or . . .

Marty’s photo of the day #3638: Two days ago: Marty (to Deb): “Did you see your patch of yellow flowers? They are in full bloom. It’s a little dark now, but tomorrow I’m going to have to photograph them. Deb: “They are Spanish broom, and I’ll remind you.” Yesterday: Deb (to Marty): “My Spanish broom […]

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