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."

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Terns, terns, terns

Terns, terns, terns

Marty’s photo of the day #2726: Here’s a photo from my second book, Endangered Edens: Exploring the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Costa Rica, the Everglades, and Puerto Rico: Terns in the Sea of Cortez (Mexico).

Which is better: nonfiction or fiction?

Which is better: nonfiction or fiction?

Most book authors either write nonfiction or fiction. I started out with nonfiction, publishing Cool Creatures, Hot Planet: Exploring the Seven Continents in 2006 and following up with Endangered Edens: Exploring the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Costa Rica, the Everglades, and Puerto Rico in 2016. After that I switched to fiction, publishing Time Is Irreverent in 2018 […]

The world’s most beautiful brown bird

The world’s most beautiful brown bird

Marty’s photo of the day #2712: Of all the totally brown birds in the world, squirrel cuckoos get my vote for the most beautiful. I took this photo in Costa Rica. This image can also be found in my second book, “Endangered Edens: Exploring the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Costa Rica, the Everglades, and Puerto […]

White Ibis

White Ibis

Marty’s photo of the day #2700: This is a white ibis, photographed in the Everglades. This picture is also featured in my second book, Endangered Edens: Exploring the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Costa Rica, the Everglades, and Puerto Rico.

Damn branch!

Damn branch!

Marty’s photo of the day #2692: This is one of the many toucan photos I shot while hiking in the Costa Rican rainforest. Photographing birds in the rainforest is difficult, because they are often skittish, and branches, like the one at the bottom of this photo, just love to jump in the way at the […]

Oh, you’re venomous. Don’t bite!

Oh, you’re venomous. Don’t bite!

Marty’s photo of the day #2691: In this photo from Costa Rica, I’m holding a brown blunt-headed vine snake. The snake is rear-fanged-venomous, but not deadly. Besides, why would such a cute little thing want to bite me? Actually, just like the venomous cute little banded coral snake from Borneo that actually did bite me, […]

The intelligent alligator

The intelligent alligator

Marty’s photo of the day #2679: I love alligators! Here’s a short blurb from my second book, “Endangered Edens: Exploring the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Costa Rica, the Everglades, and Puerto Rico”: Scientists consider crocodilians, including alligators, to be the most intelligent of the reptiles. Not only can they learn travel patterns of potential prey, […]

Canoeing the Jago River

Canoeing the Jago River

Marty’s photo of the day #2648: This is the Jago River in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Deb and I canoed this river all the way across the refuge (some 35 miles) for my book, Endangered Edens: Exploring the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Costa Rica, the Everglades, and Puerto Rico. Here the river is wide, […]

Katydid

Katydid

Marty’s photo of the day #2647: This Katydid is one of the many unusual creatures featured in my second book, “Endangered Edens: Exploring the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Costa Rica, the Everglades, and Puerto Rico.” (Photographed in Costa Rica)

The dramatic turnaround of a depressing day

The dramatic turnaround of a depressing day

My books have always received great reviews from both amateur and professional reviewers. Cool Creatures, Hot Planet has received 88% 4 to 5-star reviews, Endangered Edens has received 94% 4 or 5-star reviews, and my latest, Time Is Irreverent is currently at 79% 4 to 5-star reviews. Because Time Is Irreverent is a controversial satire, I […]

The story of the Olive Ridley Sea Turtle

The story of the Olive Ridley Sea Turtle

Marty’s photo of the day #2562: I will let a short excerpt from my second book, Endangered Edens: Exploring the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Costa Rica, the Everglades, and Puerto Rico, explain this shot: Shortly after returning to the gulf, we spotted a domed object—roughly the circumference of a trash can lid—on the surface of […]

My day at MisCon

My day at MisCon

Marty’s photo of the day #2553: Yesterday, I was at MisCon (Missoula’s Science Fiction & Fantasy Convention) for several events. First I did a reading from “Time Is Irreverent.” I read the section where Nellie Dixon handles the cops expecting a sexual favor in her own “special way” and shocked the audience. But hey, I […]

Scarlet Macaw

Scarlet Macaw

Marty’s photo of the day #2540: Here’s a scarlet macaw that I photographed in Costa Rica. This picture also appears in my second book, “Endangered Edens: Exploring the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Costa Rica, the Everglades, and Puerto Rico.”

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.

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.

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 […]

Farewell to the late-great Stewart Brandborg

Farewell to the late-great Stewart Brandborg

Marty’s photo of the day #2519: This is me with the late-great Stewart Brandborg, who died last Saturday. Here’s what I wrote about Stewart in my book, Endangered Edens: Exploring the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Costa Rica, the Everglades, and Puerto Rico:   Before we move on to the next section of our journey, I […]

Writing fiction is more scary than writing nonfiction

Writing fiction is more scary than writing nonfiction

Now that I have written two nonfiction nature-travel books and one science-fiction political-comedy, I have to say that writing fiction is more fun than nonfiction, but also more frightening. With “Cool Creatures, Hot Planet: Exploring the Seven Continents” and “Endangered Edens,” I was pretty much limited to telling stories of adventures that I had already […]

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