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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 […]

Jesus Christ, they are fast!

Jesus Christ, they are fast!

Marty’s photo of the day #2460: This is a young Jesus Christ lizard, ready to make his on-top-of-the-water run. The lizards do their run on their hind legs and are hilarious to watch. (Photographed in Costa Rica. From my book, Endangered Edens: Exploring the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Costa Rica, the Everglades, and Puerto Rico.)

Writing a sequel without shouting “squirrel!”

Writing a sequel without shouting “squirrel!”

Cool Creatures, Hot Planet: Exploring the Seven Continents took me four years to write and was published in 2007. Endangered Edens took me one year to write and was published in 2016. Time Is Irreverent also took me one year to write and will be published on March 1st. I’m now working on the sequel […]

Metaphorically circling the GOP

Metaphorically circling the GOP

Marty’s photo of the day #2386: Readers of my by second book, “Endangered Edens: Exploring the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Costa Rica, the Everglades, and Puerto Rico,” will recognize this black vulture photo. Just think, eleven months from now millions of these will be metaphorically circling the Republican Party.

Two-for-one special on signed copies of Endangered Edens!

Two-for-one special on signed copies of Endangered Edens!

Signed books are always special gifts, and Black Friday crowds are a bitch. Today thru Sunday I am offering a two-for-one deal on my second book, Endangered Edens. The book retails for $19.95, but this weekend you can get two signed copies for $19.95, plus $6.05 Priority Mail shipping. This book features 180 stunning color […]

The alligator photo that didn’t make it

The alligator photo that didn’t make it

Marty’s photo of the day #2335: One of the most difficult jobs I had in working on the Everglades chapter for Endangered Edens: Exploring the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Costa Rica, the Everglades, and Puerto Rico was selecting which alligator photos to include. For animals that are unable to change their facial expressions, they still, […]

Alligator Eyes

Alligator Eyes

Marty’s photo of the day #2333: This is one of my favorite photos from my book Endangered Edens: Exploring the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Costa Rica, the Everglades, and Puerto Rico. I took it on a solo hike in the Everglades. Here’s an excerpt from my book, explaining the shot: Most of the water I […]

May the Yankees be the bat and the Twins be the boa!

May the Yankees be the bat and the Twins be the boa!

Marty’s photo of the day #2325: Today’s photo is of a Puerto Rican boa constricting a bat. When I was in Puerto Rico, working on my second book, Endangered Edens, Deb and I hiked out to a cave to watch this amazing feat of nature. Puerto Rican boas hung by their tails and plucked the […]

Great Egret

Great Egret

Hang on, Mr. Alligator!

Hang on, Mr. Alligator!

Marty’s photo of the day #2301: Here’s one of my good buddies from my Everglades adventure in 2013, working on my book Endangered Edens: Exploring the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Costa Rica, the Everglades, and Puerto Rico. Now, of course, I worry terribly about all the wildlife in the Everglades. Hang on Mr. Alligator! Stay […]

A tiny, epic battle

A tiny, epic battle

Marty’s photo of the day #2279: Nature isn’t always pretty. While in Costa Rica, Deb and I witnessed an epic battle between a four-lined ameiva lizard and a large katydid. One wouldn’t expect the katydid to have a chance, but it was obviously releasing some sort of bad-tasting chemical. Each time we thought the lizard […]

Katydid

Katydid

Marty’s photo of the day #2266: I photographed this Katydid in Costa Rica. You can find this katydid, as well as several other unusual katydids, in my second book, “Endangered Edens: Exploring the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Costa Rica, the Everglades, and Puerto Rico.”

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