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.

Looking out from Antarctica

Looking out from Antarctica

Marty’s photo of the day #3129: I was standing on Antarctica when I took this photo, looking out at our tiny ship, the Professor Multanovskiy. Huge snowflakes filled the air—what a magical day!

Australian caves

Australian caves

Marty’s photo of the day #3128: When I was in Australia, one of my goals was to find a cave-dwelling Children’s python. I never found the snake, but exploring Australia’s caves was still a fun—and sometimes claustrophobic—experience.

A ball-sucking glacier!

A ball-sucking glacier!

Marty’s photo of the day #3127: In this photo, Deb is at the top (elevation 4,300 feet) of the Salmon Glacier in Alaska. It’s the fifth largest glacier in North America. The following excerpt from my first book, Cool Creatures, Hot Planet: Exploring the Seven Continents, describes our adventure: Unlike other mountain roads I’ve driven, […]

More dangerous than the animals

More dangerous than the animals

Marty’s photo of the day #3126: A five-foot-long, mildly-venomous, lace monitor next to a river filled with large salt-water crocodiles. “Danger! Danger! Danger!” Photographed in Australia, where global warming is much more dangerous than the animals.

As big as I dare

As big as I dare

Marty’s photo of the day #3125: This is me and the biggest snake I will ever catch: an 11-foot-long African Rock Python. And unlike the Trump bothers, who kill amazing animals in Africa, I let this python go shortly after this photo was taken. With any luck, the python will live for another twenty or […]

A pile of elephant seals

A pile of elephant seals

Marty’s photo of the day #3124: As a photographer, this is as close as I can come to showing you what it is like to be in a pile of female elephant seals. (Photographed just off the coast of Antarctica)

Trumpeter swans

Trumpeter swans

Marty’s photo of the day #3123: Trumpeter swan flasher. (Photographed in Yellowstone National Park)

California quail

California quail

Marty’s photo of the day #3122: California quail, photographed in the Bitterroot Valley of Montana.

Trump Mountain

Trump Mountain

Marty’s photo of the day #3121: Everyone knows that Donald Trump loves having things named after him. Therefore, I propose that Mexico name this geological feature after him. The rocks you see are white, because they are covered with bird guano. What could be more fitting than naming a mountain of shit after the shittiest […]

A turkey for the White House

A turkey for the White House

Marty’s photo of the day #3120: If we have to have a turkey in the White House, how about this one? At least he has all his feathers and would never be a traitor to his flock and take orders from a Caucasian snowcock. (Photographed in Montana)

The Karma Bear

The Karma Bear

Marty’s photo of the day #3119: “No it’s not unfair, and it’s not a witch hunt. Sooner or later you’re going to have to come down and face the big Karma bear. I’ll wait.”

Labs hate clothing

Labs hate clothing

Marty’s photo of the day #3118: I did some of the photography for Deb Essen’s book, Easy Weaving with Supplemental Warps. When her publisher requested outdoor shots, she and I headed to a Forest Service cabin in southern Montana for a weekend photo shoot. While many of the photos from that weekend made the book, […]

Bald eagle photobomb

Bald eagle photobomb

Marty’s photo of the day #3117: Damn! I was trying to photograph this swift, and a bald eagle got in the way, screwing up my focus and everything. (Photographed in the Bitterroot Valley of Montana)

Hanging out with the moose

Hanging out with the moose

Marty’s photo of the day #3116: I had to dig deep for this photo, taken when I was still using a film camera. This moose spent a year or more hanging around our house. That’s one of my favorite things about living in Montana. Deb and I built our house here in 1996, and we […]

Scraggly elk

Scraggly elk

Marty’s photo of the day #3115: “Uh-ho! The elk have spotted me!” I took this photograph in my front yard, during the month of May. The elk look a bit scraggly because they were in the midst of losing their winter coats.

Scenic British Columbia

Scenic British Columbia

Marty’s photo of the day #3114: Here’s a scenic shot, taken in northern British Columbia. The lakes up there are so beautiful!

There must be some Christmassy reason for it

There must be some Christmassy reason for it

Marty’s photo of the day #3113: It’s always tough deciding what to post on Christmas. Should I go with an animal or scenic shot, or should I find something more in the spirit of the day? Religion aside, I love touring the old Catholic Churches in Europe because the art inside them can be stunning, […]

Meanwhile in Antarctica . . . .

Meanwhile in Antarctica . . . .

Marty’s photo of the day #3112: The Sermon on the Rock.

IMPOTUS and windmills

IMPOTUS and windmills

Marty’s photo of the day #3111: “I know windmills very much. I have studied it better than anybody.”—Donald Trump, IMPOTUS Trump’s latest moronic statement sent me searching through my photos for this picture of my very yellow rental car next to a newly built windmill blade. I took the photo when I performed “Around the […]

It’s not the toads’ fault

It’s not the toads’ fault

Marty’s photo of the day #3110: This is a marine toad (also called a cane toad) that I photographed in Puerto Rico. These large toads are native to South America and have been introduced to places like Puerto Rico and Australia, where they have created havoc. It’s not the toads’ fault, of course, it’s the […]

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