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.

Lake Garda swan

Lake Garda swan

Marty’s photo of the day #3562: I photographed this swan on Lake Garda in northern Italy. “Lago di Garda” is often is often associated with the arts, as it has a history of attracting artists, poets, and directors.

Maroon langur

Maroon langur

Marty’s photo of the day #3561: This is a maroon langur, photographed on the island of Borneo. I’ll never forget hiking through the rainforest during the heat of the day, and finding them draped over branches, like clothes drying on a line.

Leopard seal

Leopard seal

Marty’s photo of the day #3560: A leopard seal approaches along the coast of Antarctica. And yes, the water was that blue!

A pile of elephant seals

A pile of elephant seals

Marty’s photo of the day #3559: I’m pretty sure that this is the only blog where you will find a pile of molting female elephant seals on a foggy Antarctica day.

Faro in the clouds

Faro in the clouds

Marty’s photo of the day #3558: The booming metropolis of Faro, Yukon Territory, emerges from the clouds on an early fall morning.

Chinstrap penguin

Chinstrap penguin

Marty’s photo of the day #3557: Chinstrap penguin runway model (photographed on Antarctica).

Genova, Italy

Genova, Italy

Marty’s photo of the day #3556: The beautiful, friendly city of Genova, Italy. But far too confusing for my GPS!

Statues in Florence, Italy

Statues in Florence, Italy

Marty’s photo of the day #3556: Florence, Italy has statues everywhere, and like this one, I found them more dramatic to photograph at night. Remember in 2002, when U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft had a drape installed to cover the nude breast of the Lady Justice statue? John Ashcroft (and fakers like him) should most […]

Dogs and heights

Dogs and heights

Marty’s photo of the day #3555: One of the ways dogs are like humans is that some are afraid of heights and others are not. I’ll never forget, many years ago, when Deb and I rented a Forest Service lookout tower in northwestern Montana. Our Labrador retriever climbed right to the top, but I had […]

Verona rooftops

Verona rooftops

Marty’s photo of the day #3554: This is a rooftop view of Verona, Italy. On another subject: Remember the song “My Sharona” by the Knack? You can still sing the song perfectly if you replace “Sharona” with “Verona.” You’re welcome!

Central American agouti

Central American agouti

Marty’s photo of the day #3553: Today’s photo comes from Costa Rica. This is a Central American agouti—a rodent that can weigh up to nine pounds.

Wolves in the night

Wolves in the night

Marty’s photo of the day #3552: I took this photo from my favorite campsite ever. Deb and I were in the Yukon Territory, traveling for the Canada chapter of my first book, Cool Creatures, Hot Planet: Exploring the Seven Continents. After we snuggled into our tent with our dogs, a wolf started howling next to […]

Nanga Sumpa

Nanga Sumpa

Marty’s photo of the day #3551: For anyone who has read my latest book, Hits, Heathens, and Hippos: Stories from an Agent, Activist, and Adventurer, this is Nanga Sumpa, the Iban longhouse that Deb and I raced the flooding deep-canyon river to get to. In Borneo, entire tribes live in a single longhouse, and when […]

My COVID-19 vaccination: the reaction and the whining

My COVID-19 vaccination: the reaction and the whining

I had never had a reaction to a shot before, but after I got my Moderna COVID-19 vaccine on Tuesday, I felt like I had gone several rounds with a heavyweight boxer. My wife, Deb, on the other hand, didn’t have any reaction to the shot she got at the same time. From what we’ve […]

Return of the hummingbirds

Return of the hummingbirds

Marty’s photo of the day #3550: Spring is on the way, and soon the hummingbirds will return. This is one of the hummingbirds that hung around Deb’s and my house last year. It was a bit tough to identify, but I’m going to say it’s a rufous hummingbird.

Skittish macaws

Skittish macaws

Marty’s photo of the day #3549: This won’t go down as my most crisp photo, but macaws are skittish. I had been trying to photograph them for the entire week I was in Costa Rica, and I finally got close enough for a few shots on the morning of my departure.

Evolution in progress?

Evolution in progress?

Marty’s photo of the day #3548: This excerpt from the Australia chapter in my first book, Cool Creatures, Hot Planet: Exploring the Seven Continents, explains the shot: Earlier in this chapter, I promised to introduce you to a bizarre creature that would eliminate all reasonable doubts of evolution. I found such a creature—in fact, oodles […]

A ground squirrel vs the far-right

A ground squirrel vs the far-right

Marty’s photo of the day #3547: “Let me get this straight: You don’t believe DDT harms wildlife; you don’t believe humans cause global warming; you don’t believe masks help stop the spread of COVID-19, yet you do believe that your god will soon reinstall Donald Trump as president. Isn’t that kind of like a ground […]

Brown Pelicans

Brown Pelicans

Marty’s photo of the day #3547: Brown pelicans along the coast of Costa Rica.

Yukon Territory in the fall

Yukon Territory in the fall

Marty’s photo of the day #3546: This is the Yukon Territory in the fall. One of Deb’s and my favorite trips for my first book, “Cool Creatures, Hot Planet: Exploring the Seven Continents,” was when we traveled all the way to the top of Canada in September 2002. Now that we have a real, competent […]

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