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.

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The most dangerous animal in Africa

The most dangerous animal in Africa

Marty’s photo of the day #3251: This is a Cape buffalo, photographed in Zimbabwe. From my first book, Cool Creatures, Hot Planet: Exploring the Seven Continents: Brian carried a high-powered rifle as a defense against animal attacks. He paused to warn us about animals that could force him to use it: “Contrary to what you […]

The story of the wandering albatrosses

The story of the wandering albatrosses

Marty’s photo of the day #3249: From my first book, Cool Creatures, Hot Planet: Exploring the Seven Continents: Even though we were hundreds of miles away from any significant landmass, our Drake Passage voyage was never boring. I spent much of my time outside on the bow enjoying the crisp Antarctic air and photographing the […]

There’s no quarantining here . . . or there!

There’s no quarantining here . . . or there!

Marty’s photo of the day #3197: If you’ve read my first book, Cool Creatures, Hot Planet: Exploring the Seven Continents, you know the story of Deb’s and my near-death adventure backpacking with the Iban tribe on the island of Borneo. Later we spent a day at an Iban longhouse to rest and recover. The COVID-19 […]

An anniversary in the rainforest

An anniversary in the rainforest

Marty’s photo of the day #3191: Being self-employed often means seldom taking a vacation. Before Deb and I traveled to all seven continents in four years, we had gone ten years without taking a vacation, other than occasional long-weekend backpacking trips. Even then, our seven continents of adventures were technically work, because I turned them […]

To the top of Canada

To the top of Canada

Marty’s photo of the day #3176: When Deb and I reminisce about our travels on all seven continents, for my book Cool Creatures, Hot Planet, we inevitably talk about which ones we want to do again. One that I’m reasonably sure we will repeat is our trip to the top of Canada. It was so […]

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, […]

Castles in Italy

Castles in Italy

Marty’s photo of the day #3102: When Deb and I were in Spain and France, working on my first book, Cool Creatures, Hot Planet: Exploring the Seven Continents, we had great luck finding walled cities and old abandoned castles that we could get inside to explore with no other humans in sight. When we were […]

Off to the editor!

Off to the editor!

Yay! I just sent Time Is Irreverent 3: Gone for Sixteen Seconds off to my editor. After I wrote my first book, Cool Creatures, Hot Planet: Exploring the Seven Continents (published in 2007), it took me nine years to publish Endangered Edens: Exploring the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Costa Rica, the Everglades, and Puerto Rico. […]

Paying for pedophile priests: No church possessions should be off-limits.

Paying for pedophile priests: No church possessions should be off-limits.

Marty’s photo of the day #3093: I took today’s Catholic Church photo in Madrid, Spain. I thought of it when I read that a new wave of rape and child abuse cases are about to hit the church. Apparently, when cover-ups fail, bankruptcy is one of the solutions. How can Catholic churches declare bankruptcy while […]

A delightful stay in Southern France

A delightful stay in Southern France

Marty’s photo of the day #3076: This is the tiny village of Lesponne in Southern France. When Deb and I were in France, working on the Europe chapter for my first book, Cool Creatures, Hot Planet: Exploring the Seven Continents, we didn’t have a GPS or hotel reservations. We basically roamed, with the only goal […]

The laughing kookaburra

The laughing kookaburra

Marty’s photo of the day #3050: This is a laughing kookaburra, photographed in Australia. Here’s what I wrote about the birds in my first book, Cool Creatures, Hot Planet: Exploring the Seven Continents: Though not as stunning as the kingfishers or cockatoos, laughing kookaburras are handsome gray and white birds with a very famous call: […]

A hippo custody battle

A hippo custody battle

Marty’s photo of the day #3040: Two days after Deb and I had been attacked by a hippo, we were in a fresh canoe on the Zambezi River and had to pass through a narrow channel. Blocking our way were two hippos fighting. Rather than risk losing another canoe to a hippo’s mouth, we pulled […]

Lost in Spain

Lost in Spain

Marty’s photo of the day #3030: This is one of the many mountain villages Deb and I drove past while exploring northern Spain for the Europe chapter of Cool Creatures, Hot Planet: Exploring the Seven Continents. If I remember correctly, we were lost when I took this photo. Then again, we just needed to make […]

Momma Elephant? Don’t mind us!

Momma Elephant? Don’t mind us!

Marty’s photo of the day #3023: For the last chapter in my first book, Cool Creatures, Hot Planet: Exploring the Seven Continents, I wanted something special for the big finish. When most people go to Africa, they are secured safely inside Land Rovers. Deb and I, however, hiked 53 miles across Mana Pools National Park […]

Athabasca River Elk

Athabasca River Elk

Marty’s photo of the day #3011: I’m so glad I no longer use film cameras! I used film cameras for about half of my travels for my first book, Cool Creatures, Hot Planet: Exploring the Seven Continents, before forever switching to digital. The bitch about film is that if something went wrong, I wouldn’t know […]

Appreciating the Amazon Rainforest, Pt 5

Appreciating the Amazon Rainforest, Pt 5

Marty’s photo of the day #2995: The Amazon Rainforest is burning, and while the Amazon has experienced major fires before, there is no doubt greedy right-wing politicians and nearly 40 years of climate change denial are major contributors to the devastation. With that in mind, this week I’m featuring photos I’ve taken of animals in […]

The time-telling insect

The time-telling insect

Marty’s photo of the day #2961: Okay, this is not the prettiest photo I’ve ever posted, but I think you’ll appreciate it more when you read this short excerpt from the Borneo chapter of my first book, Cool Creatures, Hot Planet: Exploring the Seven Continents. (So you know: Stephen grew up in the rainforest and […]

The bullet ant encounter

The bullet ant encounter

Marty’s photo of the day #2958: I photographed this bullet ant in the Amazon Rainforest of Peru. According to multiple studies, the bullet ant is the most venomous insect in the world, and it delivers the world’s most painful sting. If you’ve read my first book, Cool Creatures, Hot Planet: Exploring the Seven Continents, you […]

Bay of Biscay

Bay of Biscay

Marty’s photo of the day #2957: Last night Deb and I were reminiscing about how much fun we had working on the Europe chapter for my first book, Cool Creatures, Hot Planet: Exploring the Seven Continents. We explored Spain, France, Switzerland, and Andorra, without any real plans. We had no GPS, no hotel reservations—just a […]

No! Note this side!

No! Note this side!

Marty’s photo of the day #2956: This anaconda photo appears in my first book, “Cool Creatures, Hot Planet: Exploring the Seven Continents.” Oh, and the anaconda bit me after I took this shot. It wasn’t a serious bite, but it did draw blood and let me know that she didn’t appreciate me photographing her on […]

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