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."

Snake education

Snake education

Marty’s photo of the day #2583: I was flipping through my photo files this morning, trying to decide what to post, when I came across this shot. Several years ago, I helped with an after school program at the Stevensville, Montana library. The kids are holding Eve, my seven-foot-long rainbow boa. Most were touching a […]

Great blue heron

Great blue heron

Marty’s photo of the day #2582: Great blue heron. I love the challenge capturing birds in flight!

This isn’t what it seems to be

This isn’t what it seems to be

Marty’s photo of the day #2581: I love optical illusion shots. This photo, which I took at Bear Creek Falls on Sunday, isn’t digitally manipulated. My son, Sean, is not casually taking a picture while standing in rushing water. It just looks that way.

Hike to Bear Creek Falls

Hike to Bear Creek Falls

Marty’s photo of the day #2580: Yesterday we had visitors from Minnesota: my brother-in-law, Cal, and my niece, Celeste. We did the traditional visitors-from-out-of -state hike up to Bear Creek Falls. The river was roaring, and Celeste promptly climbed out on the dead tree that our son used to climb out on. That tree has […]

America’s fastest land animal

America’s fastest land animal

Marty’s photo of the day #2579: Here’s a pronghorn that I photographed in really nice light in Wyoming. Pronghorns can run 53 MPH, making them the second fastest land animal in the world (cheetahs are the fastest).

Dinner is served!

Dinner is served!

Marty’s photo of the day #2578: I took this shot at the Great Salt Lake. The bird is an American Avocet and in the background is its dinner of brine flies.

Martyman’s commentary on the First Lady

Martyman’s commentary on the First Lady

Marty’s photo of the day #2577: Martyman gets today’s post.

Writers write what they know

Writers write what they know

Marty’s photo of the day #2576: One advantage I have over other science-fiction writers is that before switching to fiction, I wrote two nonfiction eco-travel books that took me to all seven continents and numerous islands. Even fiction writers write what they know. So in Time Is Irreverent, when Marty Mann and Nellie Dixon went […]

Republicans are obsessed with hating Hillary Clinton

Republicans are obsessed with hating Hillary Clinton

One thing I find disturbing about Republicans is how they can’t let their hate for Hillary Clinton go away. Think about it: After Barack Obama beat John McCain and Mitt Romney, liberals basically forgot about the two defeated Republicans and moved on. But since Republicans apparently believe that hate is a Christian value, they just […]

This guy is a poison dart frog

This guy is a poison dart frog

Marty’s photo of the day #2575: I photographed this poison dart frog in the Amazon Rainforest of Peru. Those are tadpoles on his back. And yes, the frog is most likely a “he.” In most, but not all, cases it is the male that has the baby-carrying duties.

The Arctic Ocean

The Arctic Ocean

Marty’s photo of the day #2574: I took this photo while canoeing on the Arctic Ocean during the ice breakup. Later, shortly after stepping on land, the wind picked up. I got off the water just in time!

Waterfall in the Pyrenees

Waterfall in the Pyrenees

Marty’s photo of the day #2573: This morning (well, actually several years ago) we head to Southern France and find a waterfall in the Pyrenees.

I hate SpeedConnect

I hate SpeedConnect

Marty’s photo of the day #2572: I’m on backup internet service this weekend. Because I live in the trees at the foot of a mountain, my internet options are limited. The only company (other than satellite and Verizon) that reaches me is SpeedConnect. Basically they shoot 40 miles down the Bitterroot Valley from Missoula and […]

Walking stick

Walking stick

Marty’s photo of the day #2571: Here’s an extreme close-up of a walking stick in the Amazon Rainforest of Peru.

Gopher Tortoise

Gopher Tortoise

Marty’s photo of the day #2570: A determined gopher tortoise. Photographed in Florida.

Howler monkey mother and child

Howler monkey mother and child

Marty’s photo of the day #2569: Today we go to Costa Rica and look up at a howler monkey mother and child.

The dramatic turnaround of a depressing day

The dramatic turnaround of a depressing day

My books have always received great reviews from both amateur and professional reviewers. Cool Creatures, Hot Planet has received 88% 4 to 5-star reviews, Endangered Edens has received 94% 4 or 5-star reviews, and my latest, Time Is Irreverent is currently at 79% 4 to 5-star reviews. Because Time Is Irreverent is a controversial satire, I […]

Permafrost

Permafrost

Marty’s photo of the day #2568: Since very few of you will ever canoe across the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, I thought you might like to see what permafrost looks like from the seat of an inflatable canoe. That’s what is buckling the tundra. Also, the water I’m paddling in comes directly off a glacier. […]

Tiny frog

Tiny frog

Marty’s photo of the day #2567: This frog, photographed in Australia, is so small that it could fit on the nail of my pinkie finger.

Antarctica at night

Antarctica at night

Marty’s photo of the day #2566: One of my favorite travel experiences was getting up in the middle of the night and being the first person on our little ship to see the coast of Antarctica.

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