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Katydids that go bump in the night

Katydids that go bump in the night

Marty’s photo of the day #1865: The Amazon Rainforest is full of creatures that look like they arrived from outer space. Although I’ve found many creatures more unusual than this particular katydid, it still has that “not of this world” appearance. And though harmless, finding one in your hair, in the middle of the night, […]

Below Victoria Falls

Below Victoria Falls

Marty’s photo of the day #1864: I took this photo in Zimbabwe. This is the Zambezi River, just below Victoria Falls.

My take away from watching eight nights of convention speeches

My take away from watching eight nights of convention speeches

For as long as I can remember, I haven’t missed a State of the Union Speech, and I haven’t missed a Republican or Democratic nomination acceptance speech. But this year, for the first time, I watched all four nights of the Republican National Convention and all four nights of the Democratic National Convention. For anyone […]

Dancing on the Edge

Dancing on the Edge

Marty’s photo of the day #1863: You are looking at a painting based on my “Zebras at Sunset” photo. A few months ago Arturo Chávez, a well-known, award-winning painter from Taos, New Mexico, asked permission to use my photo for a painting. I, of course, was honored and immediately said yes. Yesterday Arturo sent me […]

President Obama: Savoring his last six months in office

President Obama: Savoring his last six months in office

Marty’s photo of the day #1862: As I watched President Obama’s speech last night, I couldn’t help thinking: “He’s the Democrat’s Reagan.” The big difference, of course, is that the Republican version of Ronald Reagan’s history is, shall we say, mostly fiction. In fact, we are still dealing with the severe damage done to our […]

MSNBC: It’s okay to cheer for the home team

MSNBC: It’s okay to cheer for the home team

Marty’s photo of the day #1861: I absolutely loved Bill Clinton’s speech last night! It was funny and full of great personal stories. I especially loved the story about Hillary on her knees, lining Chelsea’s dresser drawers with paper, when they dropped her off at her college dorm for the first time—and Chelsea telling her […]

Fawns on the run

Fawns on the run

Marty’s photo of the day #1860: Aaack! My morning is going too fast, and I have so much to do today. I don’t have time to put much thought into today’s photo, but luckily my motion-sensing camera works 24-hours-a-day, and we have fawns running around on our property. And who doesn’t like baby deer?

Martyman is speaking at the Democratic convention!

Martyman is speaking at the Democratic convention!

Martyman is speaking at the Democratic Convention in Philadelphia today! Unfortunately, he’s at the convention in Philadelphia, Mississippi, not Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. I feel bad about the logistics error, but if you tune into C-SPAN4, you can watch him now. The highlight of Martyman’s speech is that he’s going to reveal damning new evidence that Donald […]

A good year for deer!

A good year for deer!

Marty’s photo of the day #1859: This past winter was a good one for our local deer. I have had a motion-sensing camera for years, and I’m glad I no longer use the film one (which died from a bear bite many years ago), as I’d be going through roll after roll of nothing but […]

Don’t be a loser of a human being, like Trump!

Don’t be a loser of a human being, like Trump!

As I’m sure most of you know, more than 25 women have come forward to report that they had been sexually harassed by FOX News CEO, Roger Ailes. Fox News then paid Roger Ailes millions (the actual dollar figure is in dispute) to go away. Misogynist Republican nominee, Donald Trump, then came to Ailes defense, […]

You’ll finds these in southwestern Montana

You’ll finds these in southwestern Montana

Marty’s photo of the day #1858: We found tons of these flowers last week, in southwestern Montana. Do you know what they are? One of our many handy-dandy identification books had the answer: sulphur buckwheat.

Listening to coyotes

Listening to coyotes

Marty’s photo of the day #1857: If you’ve never been to Montana, you are probably unaware of how greatly the state varies by location. For instance, the landscape near Billings looks nothing like the landscape near Missoula. I live in the country, in the hills, by a mountain. Here I’m surrounded by trees. I enjoy […]

Republicans: Watch out for killer vending machines!

Republicans: Watch out for killer vending machines!

America, are you scared yet? I’m not talking about all the bullshit the Republican Party wants us to be scared of. I’m talking about the fact that so many millions of Americans fall for conservative doomsday crap without questioning it at all. That’s what is truly scary! Just because Donald Trump starts his nomination acceptance […]

The Pepé Le Pew of deer

The Pepé Le Pew of deer

Marty’s photo of the day #1856: When Deb and I moved to Montana, twenty years ago, we had a large herd of mule deer living by our house. Several years later, the “mulies” disappeared and haven’t returned. If you are unfamiliar with mule deer, their most distinctive feature is that they hop, like the cartoon […]

Cowboy Welfare

Cowboy Welfare

Marty’s photo of the day #1855: I’m very much against allowing cattle to graze on public lands, as it damages the ecosystem, and ranchers pay such small grazing fees that the money can’t possibly replace what they take from the rest of us. I also find it incredibly hypocritical that Republicans rail against welfare for […]

Martyman watches the Republican National Convention

Martyman watches the Republican National Convention

Hi! Martyman here. I’m filling in on this blog for Marty Essen, who has taken the night off to be with his wife, Deb. As a patriotic person, Marty believes it’s every citizen’s duty to watch both the Republican and Democratic National Conventions. However, his definition of “patriotism” seems to be looser than most, as […]

Martyman prepares for the Republican National Convention

Martyman prepares for the Republican National Convention

After watching last night’s Republican National Hate-and-Scarefest, I realized that I will need to pace myself a bit if I’m to make it to the Trump-finale on Thursday night. So sitting in for me tonight, watching the convention, is my alter-ego (or in this case, stunt double) Martyman. And, obviously, he’s prepared. In addition to […]

Scenic Montana

Scenic Montana

Marty’s photo of the day #1854: Today we go scenic, with a shot of Deb and Fiona taking in the view.   (Photographed last weekend in southwestern Montana, near the Forest Service cabin we rented.)

Just like her husband, Melania Trump steals

Just like her husband, Melania Trump steals

After watching the Republican National Convention last night, I went to sleep disgusted by all of the hate, lies, and misinformation spewed forth. However, I felt kind of proud of myself that I was open minded enough to like much of Melania Trump’s speech. She was articulate and handled herself well in what was obviously […]

Making s’mores

Making s’mores

Marty’s photo of the day #1854: Here’s a photo from Saturday night at Horse Prairie Cabin (a Forest Service cabin we rented in southwestern Montana). Deb and Fiona make s’mores, while I experiment with different techniques of photographing fire at night.

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