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Holding up the world

Holding up the world

Marty’s photo of the day #4063: I’ve been posting a lot of photos from Montana lately, so I think it’s time to go back and post some photos from around the world for a while. Here’s one from Antarctica. The following excerpt, from my first book, Cool Creatures, Hot Planet: Exploring the Seven Continents, explains […]

Cushion goldenweed

Cushion goldenweed

Marty’s photo of the day #4062: This is the final flower photo I’m going to post from last week’s backpacking trip in southwestern Montana: cushion goldenweed.

Hanging out on the middle day

Hanging out on the middle day

Marty’s photo of the day #4061: The best part of three-day backpacking trips to U.S. Forest Service cabins is the middle day. It’s work to backpack in and work to backpack out, but that middle day is always heaven. Generally Deb (wife), Nellie (dog), and I go on a few short hikes on that middle […]

Wild geranium

Wild geranium

Marty’s photo of the day #4060: Here’s another wildflower photo from last week’s backpacking trip in the Anaconda Mountain Range of southwestern Montana. This is a wild geranium.

Waterhole side-eye

Waterhole side-eye

Marty’s photo of the day #4059: Of all the dogs I’ve had in my life, Nellie is the best at giving side-eye. And I swear half the time she does it just to be funny. DNA tests have confirmed Nellie to be one-half golden retriever and one-half Australian cattle dog (which also makes her one-fourth […]

Big pod mariposa lilies

Big pod mariposa lilies

Marty’s photo of the day #4058: Last week’s backpacking trip took Deb (wife), Nellie (dog), and me up to about 6,700 feet. That meant many of the wildflowers were in full bloom. Big pod mariposa lilies were everywhere! And seemingly every one had a different species of bug inside. Photographing the lilies, however, was a […]

Alpine aster

Alpine aster

Marty’s photo of the day #4057: Last week’s backpacking trip took Deb (wife), Nellie (dog), and me up to about 6,700 feet. That meant many of the wildflowers were still in bloom. This tiny alpine aster was one of those flowers. Note that a spider has a fly between the petals.

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