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Pig-tailed macaque

Pig-tailed macaque

Marty’s photo of the day #3326: This is a pig-tailed macaque, photographed on the island of Borneo.

Pileated woodpecker

Pileated woodpecker

Marty’s photo of the day #3325: This is a pileated woodpecker, photographed in the Bitterroot Valley of Montana.

Squirrel family outing

Squirrel family outing

Marty’s photo of the day #3324: This is one of those photos you need to look at closely to appreciate. Yesterday, Momma Squirrel had her kids out for an adventure. There are four young squirrels in this photo, and more farther up the tree.

Osprey

Osprey

Marty’s photo of the day #3323: Osprey, photographed in the Bitterroot Valley of Montana.

Buck fawns over the fawn

Buck fawns over the fawn

Marty’s photo of the day #3322: I took this photo yesterday, in front of my house. Many people aren’t aware of it, but on Sundays momma deer gets the day off and daddy buck has to fawn over the kid.

Antarctica scenic

Antarctica scenic

Marty’s photo of the day #3321: Here’s an Antarctica scenic. That’s a leopard seal on the ice.

Bats don’t like baths

Bats don’t like baths

Marty’s photo of the day #3320: Bats do not like baths! Every summer, I move my office/writing room out onto the front porch. (The porch runs the width of the house and is covered, but not screened in.) This year the flies were a bit pesky, so two days ago my wife, Deb, bought me […]

Montana artsy

Montana artsy

Marty’s photo of the day #3319: Sometimes you can just be hiking along and nature presents an artsy shot, already set up. (Photographed in Montana. I don’t remember where.)

Montana fly-eater

Montana fly-eater

Marty’s photo of the day #3318: Yesterday, I watched a nature show on the porch railing. I don’t know what kind of bug this is, but it’s obviously related to a dragon fly. If you look closely, it’s eating a fly. So until informed differently, I’m calling it a “Montana fly-eater.” Yay Montana fly-eater! Do […]

A spruce grouse is lookin’ at you

A spruce grouse is lookin’ at you

Marty’s photo of the day #3317: This is a spruce grouse, photographed in the Bitterroot Valley of Montana.

College tour hiking

College tour hiking

Marty’s photo of the day #3316: My favorite college speaking tours are the ones where I have time between shows to do a little exploring. Several years ago I was on a tour that took me through Arizona, and I spent part of a day hiking in the Petrified Forest National Park. I found this […]

The deadliest snake?

The deadliest snake?

Marty’s photo of the day #3315: I photographed this fer-de-lance in Costa Rica. Known as the “deadliest snake in the western hemisphere,” it’s not actually the most venomous. Snakes such as the bushmaster have more powerful venom. The fer-de-lance only gets the deadliest title because it blends in with the leaf litter and has the […]

California Quail

California Quail

Marty’s photo of the day #3314: California quail, photographed in the Bitterroot Valley of Montana.

Pelican takeoff

Pelican takeoff

Marty’s photo of the day #3313: This is a brown pelican, taking off from the Sea of Cortez at sunset.

Showy fleabane daisies

Showy fleabane daisies

Marty’s photo of the day #3312: This is the second year in a row that the Bitterroot Valley has had more rain than usual, so the wildflowers around our house are still blooming everywhere. I’m not an expert on flowers, so I had to check with the wifely identification organism (WIO) to get the correct […]

The end of Lucy

The end of Lucy

Marty’s photo of the day #3311: Yesterday was the end of Lucy. Ten years ago, when Lucy was six, she had X-rays after a hip popped out wrestling with another one of our dogs. The vet said not only were her hips shot, but she had a tendon ready to snap. When that happened she’d […]

What I know about our peacocks

What I know about our peacocks

Marty’s photo of the day #3310: Over the past few days, people have been asking me about our peacocks. Here’s what I know: Peacocks are native to India, yet there are at least two males living on the property surrounding Deb’s and my house in Montana. I haven’t seen any females, so either the females […]

Trail-Camera shots #2

Trail-Camera shots #2

Marty’s photo of the day #3309: My motion-sensing trail-camera only takes mediocre pictures. So while one seldom qualifies for a photo of the day, I think four at once does. Yesterday and today I’m featuring sets of four pictures from that camera. These were all taken during the past two weeks, on our side property, […]

Trail-Camera shots #1

Trail-Camera shots #1

Marty’s photo of the day #3308: My motion-sensing trail-camera only takes mediocre pictures. So while one seldom qualifies for a photo of the day, I think four at once does. Today and tomorrow I’m going to feature sets of four pictures from that camera. These were all taken during the past two weeks, on our […]

Western Gulls

Western Gulls

Marty’s photo of the day #3307: Western gulls, photographed on a tiny island in the Sea of Cortez (Mexico).

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