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Monthly archives for July, 2022

Beavers vs. Fire

Beavers vs. Fire

Marty’s photo of the day #4056: Last week Deb (wife), Nellie (dog), and I went on a three-day backpacking trip to May Creek Cabin, which is a U.S. Forest Service rental cabin in the Anaconda Mountain Range of southwestern Montana. If you look closely at this photo, you will see May Creek Cabin in a […]

A perfect wild lupine

A perfect wild lupine

Marty’s photo of the day #4055: In the coming days, I will be featuring quite a few wildflower photos from Deb’s and my backpacking trip. Earlier this week, we backpacked to the May Creek Cabin, which is a U.S. Forest Service cabin in the Anaconda Mountain Range of southwestern Montana. Last year, a huge forest […]

Prairie smoke

Prairie smoke

Marty’s photo of the day #4054: This is one of my favorite photos from Deb’s, Nellie’s, and my backpacking trip earlier this week. Prairie smoke was plentiful where we were hiking (in Anaconda Mountain Range of southwestern Montana), but it was difficult to photograph because the slightest breeze would swing the plant back and forth […]

“I’d really rather chase mice.”

“I’d really rather chase mice.”

“Mom and Dad are laughing and drinking on the footbridge again. They made me stop chasing mice to pose for this picture. I’d really rather chase mice.”—Nellie Marty’s photo of the day #4053: Deb, Nellie, and I have returned from our three-day backpacking trip. When Deb and I moved to Montana, in 1996, we started […]

Where the desert meets the water

Where the desert meets the water

Marty’s photo of the day #4052: Where the desert meets the water. Guanica cacti along the coast of Puerto Rico. This photo also appears in my second book, Endangered Edens: Exploring the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Costa Rica, the Everglades, and Puerto Rico.

Impressive camouflage

Impressive camouflage

Marty’s photo of the day #4051: Photographed in the Everglades, this little lizard demonstrates impressive camouflage. This photo also appears in my second book, Endangered Edens: Exploring the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Costa Rica, the Everglades, and Puerto Rico.

Squirrel cuckoo

Squirrel cuckoo

Marty’s photo of the day #4050: I photographed this squirrel cuckoo in Costa Rica. Yes, brown birds can be just as beautiful as those with bright colors. This photo also appears in my second book, Endangered Edens: Exploring the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Costa Rica, the Everglades, and Puerto Rico.

Wolf Track

Wolf Track

Marty’s photo of the day #4049: Wolf track vs. woman’s hand, photographed in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge of Alaska. This photo also appears in my second book, Endangered Edens: Exploring the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Costa Rica, the Everglades, and Puerto Rico.

Little Green Heron

Little Green Heron

Marty’s photo of the day #4048: I photographed this little green heron in the Everglades. This photo also appears in my second book, Endangered Edens: Exploring the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Costa Rica, the Everglades, and Puerto Rico.

Red Fox

Red Fox

Hecale longwing butterfly

Hecale longwing butterfly

Marty’s photo of the day #4046: You are looking at a Hecale longwing butterfly that I photographed in Costa Rica. This photo also appears in my second book, Endangered Edens: Exploring the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Costa Rica, the Everglades, and Puerto Rico.

Frisbee among the trees

Frisbee among the trees

Secret Spot, Pt 6

Secret Spot, Pt 6

Secret Spot, Pt 5

Secret Spot, Pt 5

The Secret Spot, Pt 4

The Secret Spot, Pt 4

The Secret Spot, Pt 3

The Secret Spot, Pt 3

The Secret Spot, Pt 2

The Secret Spot, Pt 2

Update: The flower is a rose meadowsweet.

The Secret Spot, Pt 1

The Secret Spot, Pt 1

Marty’s photo of the day #4038: When Deb and I moved to the Bitterroot Valley, in 1996, we could go to almost any trail and hike for hours without seeing another person. That has changed, as the valley has become a tourist destination. Even so, Deb and I still have our Secret Spot, which is […]

Animal friends

Animal friends

Bitterroots in the Bitterroot

Bitterroots in the Bitterroot

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