Marty’s photo of the day #4377: Can you spot the octopus? The octopus is near the center, behind the first rock. After holding the octopus for a while, I sent her on her way. But rather than racing away, she was still curious about me. So she swam behind the rock and slowly lifted just […]
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Nobody expects the Spanish . . .
Marty’s photo of the day #4376: So I’m just hiking along, and all of a sudden a Spanish ibex pops up. “Nobody expects the Spanish ibex!”
Marty’s photo of the day #4375: A badger mother, showing off a scar from a long-ago fight. (Photographed in the Bitterroot Valley of Montana)
Marty’s photo of the day #4374: It’s easy to get excited about seeing a rare bird, reptile, or mammal. Mallard ducks, on the other hand, are so common that they’re easy to overlook. Then one turns just right in the sunshine and you have to exclaim, “Wow!” (Photographed in the Bitterroot Valley of Montana)
Marty’s photo of the day #4373: In this photo, I’m in the Sea of Cortez, petting an octopus on my chest. I wonder if she could feel or hear my heartbeat?
Marty’s photo of the day #4372: I photographed this yellow-headed blackbird last weekend in the Bitterroot Valley of Montana. He was on the opposite side of a large pond, so I had to use my most-powerful lens and then wait for just the right moment of stillness. The photo came out a bit soft, but […]
The State of the Pond Address
Marty’s photo of the day #4371: Quacky Boebert and Daffy Taylor Greene at the State of the Pond Address.
Marty’s photo of the day #4369: My wife, Deb, and I have been apart for more than two weeks before, but it was always because I was on a college speaking tour. This time, for the first time, we are apart for two weeks, because she is the one on a speaking tour. I haven’t […]
Letting the wildlife approach
Marty’s photo of the day #4368: During my early morning photo shoot last Sunday in the Lee Metcalf National Wildlife Refuge (Bitterroot Valley, Montana), I spent a lot of time being quiet and letting the wildlife come to me. This female mallard duck came the closest. As she worked her way through the reeds, she […]
Christian cruelty in Montana
Marty’s photo of the day #4367: So this past Sunday Deb and I attempted to watch the popular Montana-based drama series “1923.” We didn’t quite make it to the end of the first episode before we both said, “Fuck it. This is too depressing. Let’s watch ‘The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel!’” What got to me in […]
Bufflehead and American wigeon
Marty’s photo of the day #4366: This is a bufflehead (left) and American wigeon (right) photographed this past Sunday in the Bitterroot Valley of Montana.
Marty’s photo of the day #4365: This is a northern shoveler, photographed yesterday in the Bitterroot Valley of Montana.
The sandhill crane photobomb
Marty’s photo of the day #4364: This morning I woke up at 4:00 a.m., and when I couldn’t get back to sleep, I decided to make the most of my morning. I jumped into the shower, left a note for my wife, and drove twenty miles north to the Lee Metcalf National Wildlife Refuge. There […]
The beginning of a great adventure
Marty’s photo of the day #4363: I shot this photo at the beginning of one of Deb’s and my biggest adventures. We were with the Iban tribe (a tribe once famous for headhunting), on the island of Borneo. On the far side of this lake is the AI River (AI means “water” in the Iban […]
The mystery dragonfly
Marty’s photo of the day #4362: Over the years, I’ve shot tens of thousands of photos. I remember most of them, but every once in a while a shot surprises me. I found this in a file named “College Tour Photos 2009.” I don’t remember where I photographed this dragonfly, but there is a field […]
Yak eye vs. musk ox eye
Marty’s photos of the day #4359- 4360: Yak eye vs. musk ox eye. Know the difference. (Hint: The yak has the Donald Trump hair.)
Marty’s photo of the day #4358: I photographed this young spectacled caiman in the Amazon Rainforest of Peru. If she survives into adulthood, she could reach eight-feet in length.
Kids having a blast
Marty’s photo of the day #4357: This is one of my favorite photos from my first trip to Peru. I was in Iquitos and went for a walk after a rainstorm. I spotted these children playing with a soccer ball in a flooded street―just having a blast. When I aimed my camera, the children spotted […]