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In honor of the ass-kicking. . . .

In honor of the ass-kicking. . . .

Marty’s photo of the day #2360: Last night’s election provided the best political news in, well . . . more that a year. So in honor of the Republicans getting their ass kicked last night, I went in search of a happy political photo on my hard drive. This photo, from 2006, shows me with […]

The curious leopard seal

The curious leopard seal

Marty’s photo of the day #2359: This is leopard seal, and below is a short excerpt from my first book, “Cool Creatures, Hot Planet: Exploring the Seven Continents,” about leopard seals: As inviting as the water looked, its temperature wasn’t the only reason to stay dry—a curious leopard seal had swum over to check us […]

Drunk shopping

Drunk shopping

Marty’s photo of the day #2350: With Spain in the news so much lately, I thought I’d share with you a fun excerpt from my first book, Cool Creatures, Hot Planet: Exploring the Seven Continents. Drunk shopping: After several days of conversing only between ourselves, Deb and I relished the opportunity to speak with someone […]

Dempster Highway

Dempster Highway

Marty’s photo of the day #2336: This is the Dempster Highway, in the Yukon Territory. One of my favorite adventures, working on my book “”Cool Creatures, Hot Planet: Exploring the Seven Continents,” was traveling to the top of Canada on this scenic dirt road.

The Endurance, trapped in the ice

The Endurance, trapped in the ice

Marty’s photo of the day #2281: I don’t post about personal possessions, but I’m going to make the exception today, because the story behind it is so fascinating. Many of you know the story of Ernest Shackleton and his ill-fated Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition. On January 19, 1915 the Endurance became trapped in the ice off […]

The top of Canada

The top of Canada

Marty’s photo of the day #2263: When Deb and I look back on all our adventures for my book “Cool Creatures, Hot Planet: Exploring the Seven Continents,” the one we most frequently talk about repeating is our drive to the top of Canada. Someday, we will go there again! This photo shows the tundra in […]

The prey has a job to do

The prey has a job to do

Marty’s photo of the day #2228: Here’ an excerpt from my fist book, Cool Creatures, Hot Planet: Exploring the Seven Continents: Woof! “Everyone, sit!” whispered Brian. “A pack of Cape hunting dogs is directly in front of us!” The dogs were an animal I had hoped, but never expected, to see. Cape hunting dogs are […]

The rain in Borneo . . .

The rain in Borneo . .  .

Marty’s photo of the day #2080: Deb’s and my first stop, before leaving on our Borneo backpacking trip with the Iban tribe, was the city of Kuching. This short excerpt from my first book, Cool Creatures, Hot Planet: Exploring the Seven Continents, explains the scene: Hand in hand, we strolled across the street to the […]

Bad Feet in Borneo

Bad Feet in Borneo

Marty’s photo of the day #2140: Yesterday, I posted an underwater photo of an octopus, sitting on my feet, and wrote: “When I was a kid and got my first camera, I took a bunch of photos of my feet. My dad thought that was horrible, and threatened to take my camera away. If he […]

My new novel is coming along great!

My new novel is coming along great!

Yay! I just finished the first draft of my new novel. My two previous books were nonfiction, so this is my first attempt at fiction. I started the book right after Christmas, with the goal of having the first draft done by the end of May. It’s amazing how much easier it is to write […]

The tools of a professional writer

The tools of a professional writer

Want to be a professional writer? First you must have the tools of the trade: the Chicago Manual of Style, a laptop computer (mine has backlit keys, so I can write at night by candlelight), lots of coffee, and a red writing chair. In my case, this is actually my second red writing chair, as […]

Backpacking with the Iban

Backpacking with the Iban

Marty’s photo of the day #2027: For those who have read my book “Cool Creatures, Hot Planet: Exploring the Seven Continents,” this is where Deb and I started the most challenging trek of our lives. We were on the island of Borneo, with the Iban tribe (once famous for headhunting). After journeying up a river […]

Mother Nature Gets Revenge!

Mother Nature Gets Revenge!

Marty’s photo of the day #2025: I just love it when Mother Nature gets revenge! You are looking at old whale processing equipment on Deception Island (just a little northeast of Antarctica), sunk in volcanic ash. Here’s what I wrote about this scene in my first book, Cool Creatures, Hot Planet: Exploring the Seven Continents: […]

Don’t trip!

Don’t trip!

Marty’s photo of the day #1942: This photo shows Deb and our local friend Alfredo shopping in Iquitos, Peru. Here’s what I wrote about the scene in my first book, Cool Creatures, Hot Planet: Exploring the Seven Continents: Our final stop was the Belen Marketplace. Here hundreds of vendors sold fruits, vegetables, meats, and traditional […]

Inuvik

Inuvik

Marty’s photo of the day #1884: Remember yesterday’s photo of colorful downtown Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego, Argentina (the southernmost city in the world)? Today we travel in the opposite direction to dull and austere downtown Inuvik, Northwest Territories, Canada (the northernmost city you can drive to in Canada). I love Canada, but Inuvik is one […]

Here’s an eye-catching photo

Here’s an eye-catching photo

Marty’s photo of the day #1826: Here’s an untouched photo Deb took of me in the Amazon Rainforest. This was part of the photo shoot for the cover of my first book, Cool Creatures, Hot Planet, and that’s a tailless whip-scorpion climbing up my face. This particular shot wasn’t chosen for the cover, but I […]

Marty Essen wins National Indie Excellence Award for Nature

Marty Essen wins National Indie Excellence Award for Nature

My first book, Cool Creatures, Hot Planet, won six national awards. So naturally, I entered my new book, Endangered Edens, in some contests as well. Because Cool Creatures, Hot Planet won awards so easily, I was a bit cocky, thinking Endangered Edens would do the same thing. When the results of the first two contests […]

Hippos Attack! Humans Laugh!

Hippos Attack! Humans Laugh!

Marty’s photo of the day #1777: It’s “CC, HP: ESC Month,” featuring photos and excerpts from my first book, Cool Creatures, Hot Planet: Exploring the Seven Continents. As many of you know, Deb and I were attacked by a hippo in Zimbabwe. For those who have yet to hear the story, below in an excerpt […]

Climbing the Matterhorn with Broken Hands and No Ropes

Climbing the Matterhorn with Broken Hands and No Ropes

Marty’s photo of the day #1776: It’s “CC, HP: ESC Month,” featuring photos and excerpts from my first book, Cool Creatures, Hot Planet: Exploring the Seven Continents. The below excerpt from my book takes place after Deb, Emad (a Swiss-Egyptian friend of ours), and I attempted to climb partway up the Matterhorn (to the Hörnlihütte, […]

Zebras at Sunset

Zebras at Sunset

Marty’s photo of the day #1774: It’s “CC, HP: ESC Month,” featuring photos and excerpts from my first book, Cool Creatures, Hot Planet: Exploring the Seven Continents. I’ve always loved this photo. I call it “Zebras at Sunset.”

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