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.

Fur seals

Fur seals

Marty’s photo of the day #3481: There are Antarctic fur seals, on a foggy island off the coast of Antarctica. At one time, sealers had killed so many Antarctic fur seals that the species was on the brink of extinction. Fortunately, the seals were given international protection and they have made an impressive recovery.

Mother badger and cub

Mother badger and cub

Marty’s photo of the day #3481: A mother badger with one of her cubs. Photographed in the beautiful Bitterroot Valley of Montana.

Great blue heron

Great blue heron

Marty’s photo of the day #3480: Great blue heron, photographed in the beautiful Bitterroot Valley of Montana.

January 6th: the day the GOP attempts to turn America into a theocracy

January 6th: the day the GOP attempts to turn America into a theocracy

The Electoral College certification process is going to make January 6th a wild day. Cosplay right-wingers will descend on Washington like flies descend on Mike Pence’s head. And inside the United States Capitol, at the joint session of Congress, roughly 140 Republicans will attempt to toss aside the presidential election and turn America in to […]

Pregnant cactus

Pregnant cactus

Marty’s photo of the day #3479: I’m posting today’s photo as a public service for all of you out there who have always wanted to know what a pregnant cardon cactus looks like. You’re welcome! (Photographed in Mexico)

Sea lions don’t socially distance!

Sea lions don’t socially distance!

Marty’s photo of the day #3478: Someday, late this year, we won’t have to socially distance either. (Sea lions, photographed in the Sea of Cortez, Mexico)

Please tell me . . .

Please tell me . . .

Marty’s photo of the day #3477: “Please tell me that 2020 is over and the Donald Trump will soon be gone.” (Agile wallaby, photographed in Australia)

B&W Platypus

B&W Platypus

Marty’s photo of the day #3476: People seemed to like yesterday’s artsy black and white photo looking straight down on a well-camouflaged alligator, so I’ve decided to stick with that theme. Today’s artsy black and white photo looks straight down on a surfacing platypus, in Queensland, Australia.

B&W Alligator

B&W Alligator

Marty’s photo of the day #3475: Today we are going super-artsy, with a black and white version of a well-camouflaged alligator I photographed in the Everglades.

Hits, Heathens, and Hippos cover reveal

Hits, Heathens, and Hippos cover reveal

Just arrived! The cover for my sixth book: Hits, Heathens, and Hippos. I don’t have a publication date yet, as I’m still evaluating publishing options. It could be as early as February or as late as November. I also have some great back cover blurbs from celebrities. Here’s one of them: “Hits, Heathens, and Hippos […]

Sunset on the Sea of Cortez

Sunset on the Sea of Cortez

Marty’s photo of the day #3474: Sunset along the Sea of Cortez in Mexico.

The Alaska Highway

The Alaska Highway

Marty’s photo of the day #3473: This is Alaska Highway, somewhere in British Columbia. Here’s what I wrote about the highway in my first book, Cool Creatures, Hot Planet: Exploring the Seven Continents: An hour or so later we reached the town of Dawson Creek, British Columbia, and the official start of the Alaska Highway. […]

My dingo! (Well, sort of)

My dingo! (Well, sort of)

I was completely wrong! When Deb and I adopted Nellie (then a nine-month old stray) from the animal shelter four months ago, I guessed that she was a Labrador retriever-Australian shepherd cross. As one of my Christmas presents, my son and daughter-in-law ordered a DNA test for Nellie. It turns out that Nellie is one-half […]

The big Spanish door

The big Spanish door

Marty’s photo of the day #3472: This is the last of my Catholic Church photos from Spain until next Christmas. Today’s is of a huge door at the entrance to one of those churches. While I believe that much of the labor to build these magnificent churches came via slaves, this door is actually signed, […]

Another Spanish Church

Another Spanish Church

Marty’s photo of the day #3471: As I have done during Christmases in the past, I’m digging into my church photos from Spain. Here’s what I wrote in my first book, Cool Creatures, Hot Planet: Exploring the Seven Continents: Madrid is a grand old city with gigantic churches, enormous palaces, and magnificent sculptures. The churches […]

Imagine the good churches could do if . . .

Imagine the good churches could do if . . .

Marty’s photo of the day #3470: Since Christmas is here, it’s time to dig into my church photos from Spain. Here’s what I wrote in my first book, Cool Creatures, Hot Planet: Exploring the Seven Continents: Madrid is a grand old city with gigantic churches, enormous palaces, and magnificent sculptures. The churches in particular were […]

ANWR Caribou

ANWR Caribou

Marty’s photo of the day #3469: Caribou, photographed in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

Cactus gulls

Cactus gulls

Marty’s photo of the day #3468: Here’s a scene you don’t see every day—gulls atop cactuses. The photo makes more sense when you know that I was on the Sea of Cortez, looking ashore, when I took it.

What responsible people do for Christmas this year

What responsible people do for Christmas this year

Yesterday Deb and I met our son halfway between our houses (we live 40 miles apart), stood outside wearing masks, and exchanged boxes of Christmas presents. This year, for the first time ever, Deb and I will spend Christmas alone (just like we did on Thanksgiving). We are doing so because we are responsible people, […]

Holding a great horned owl

Holding a great horned owl

Marty’s photo of the day #3467: Several years ago, I was on a college speaking tour in New York. One of my weekend “filler” engagements was at the Tanglewood Nature Center in Elmira. After my show, I got to hold this gorgeous great horned owl.

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