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."

The many moods of ground squirrels

The many moods of ground squirrels

Marty’s photo of the day #2534: I take far more ground squirrel pictures than the average wildlife photographer, but the rodents project so many different moods. They can be funny, they can be playful, they can be serious, or, in this case, they can be artsy.

Bottlenose dolphin

Bottlenose dolphin

Marty’s photo of the day #2533: I photographed this bottlenose dolphin in Costa Rica. This photo also appears in my book, Endangered Edens: Exploring the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Costa Rica, the Everglades, and Puerto Rico.

Zebra long-wing butterfly

Zebra long-wing butterfly

Marty’s photo of the day #2532: I photographed this zebra long-wing butterfly in the Everglades. This photo also appears in my book, Endangered Edens: Exploring the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Costa Rica, the Everglades, and Puerto Rico.

Bizarre encounters with cops

Bizarre encounters with cops

I understand that there are dedicated, ethical cops out there. Nevertheless, I’ve had some bizarre encounters with cops over the years: When I ran the Bitterroot Baseball League and managed one of the teams, a cop who was on my team called me drunk one night and tried to intimidate me because I didn’t give […]

Long-billed hermit

Long-billed hermit

Marty’s photo of the day #2531: I photographed this long-billed hermit in Costa Rica. This photo also appears in my book, “Endangered Edens: Exploring the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Costa Rica, the Everglades, and Puerto Rico.”

Willow Ptarmigan

Willow Ptarmigan

Marty’s photo of the day #2531: I photographed this willow ptarmigan in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. You can also find a different version of this image in my book Endangered Edens.

Who is the evil genius?

Who is the evil genius?

Every arch-criminal organization has an evil genius, but finding one in the Trump Administration is difficult: Donald Trump: Evil, but too incompetent to out-perform a lab rat in a simple test. Mike Pence: Evil yes, but how smart do you have to be when after each dastardly deed you simply say, “Jesus personally told me […]

The successful crossing

The successful crossing

Marty’s photo of the day #2530: I rarely post photos of the same animals on successive days, but so many people liked yesterday’s photo of the baby bison crossing the river with their mother that I’m following up with this image, captured after they successfully reached the other side.

Crossing the river

Crossing the river

Marty’s photo of the day #2529: “Mom! Mom! This isn’t a good idea. The river is really deep!”

You can’t tell me that priest isn’t . . .

You can’t tell me that priest isn’t . . .

Marty’s photo of the day #2528: You’re looking at a section of art on the side of a church in Spain. And you can’t tell me that some of the priests aren’t checking out the boy’s ass! Spanish churches are amazing, but they also demonstrate the political aspect of religion that puts money and power […]

The Tweeter

The Tweeter

Marty’s photo of the day #2528: When I was in Spain, I photographed lots of old churches. They were really quite interesting, and many of the ornamentations seemed quite unusual for religious buildings. Looking at this one now, it seems rather prophetic. I call it “The Tweeter.”   Did the Spaniards predict Crybaby Trump tweeting […]

Whipsnake

Whipsnake

Marty’s photo of the day #2527: I photographed this whipsnake in the Amazon Rainforest of Peru. I had to be quick to capture this photo, because it was doing an admirable job of defending itself.

Pelican in blue

Pelican in blue

Marty’s photo of the day #2526: It’s artsy photo day. This is a brown pelican that I photographed over the Sea of Cortez. The bird was in focus, but the sun washed out much of the scene. So I darkened the photo and increased the vibrancy while boosting the blues that were already there. Because […]

Bigotry in the book promotion industry

Bigotry in the book promotion industry

I expect bigotry from conservative Christians and from the Republican Party, but I have to say that I’m surprised by the bigotry I’ve witnessed in the book promotion business. Books reach the top of the charts in three ways: the author is already a celebrity, everything goes right and the author gets a big publishing […]

In-flight; in-focus

In-flight; in-focus

Marty’s photo of the day #2525: I always enjoy the victory when I get an in-flight photo in focus. This is a great blue heron.

Borneo walking stick

Borneo walking stick

Marty’s photo of the day #2524: Borneo is an island of walking sticks. Here’s one of the many I found while night-hiking there.

Ravens

Ravens

Marty’s photo of the day #2523: I photographed these ravens during an early morning hike on Mexico’s Baja Peninsula.

Bison

Bison

Marty’s photo of the day #2523: Today is dedicated solely to doing the final pre-publication listen to the audio book for Time Is Irreverent. The audio book is going to be awesome! With no time for anything else, my description of today’s photo will be brief: bison.

They’re onto us!

They’re onto us!

Marty’s photo of the day #2522: The action has been slow lately on the motion-sensing camera in our front yard. I think the animals are on to us.

A sad Earth Day

A sad Earth Day

Marty’s photo of the day #2521: I wish I could say “Happy Earth Day,” but this is one of the least happy Earth Days ever. I took this photo in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge—the most magical, untouched location in the United States. Pasted below is the Epilogue that I wrote for the Arctic chapter […]

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