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Splashing in the sunset

Splashing in the sunset

Marty’s photo of the day #3780: We adopted Nellie from an animal shelter a little over a year ago. At the time she was about nine months old. Since Deb and I live in the mountains of the Bitterroot Valley, there aren’t any lakes nearby. So last month when Nellie joined us on the trip […]

Where’s the water?

Where’s the water?

Marty’s photo of the day #3779: This is Lake Bowdoin in northeastern Montana, near the town of Malta. When Deb and I traveled to the American Prairie Reserve, we took the long way and drove north out of the Bitterroot Valley, stopped in Kalispell, where I performed a show at Flathead Valley Community College, and […]

Prairie dogs on the APR

Prairie dogs on the APR

Marty’s photo of the day #3770: I had to approach slowly, on hands and knees, to make this prairie dog photo. (Photographed in the American Prairie Reserve, Montana)

Dogs make the trip!

Dogs make the trip!

Marty’s photo of the day #3768: When Deb and I traveled the world for my first book, Cool Creatures, Hot Planet: Exploring the Seven Continents, I loved all of our adventures. Even so, our least exotic trip, to the top of Canada, always gives me the warmest feelings when I think back about it. That’s […]

Plant life on the American Prairie Reserve

Plant life on the American Prairie Reserve

Marty’s photo of the day #3765-3767: Plant life close-ups on the American Prairie Reserve (Montana). The most nerve-racking aspect of visiting the American Prairie Reserve was all the prickly pear cactus. When hiking, Deb and I had to be careful that our dog, Nellie, didn’t step on any of it. Months before our trip, we […]

Conflicted genetics

Conflicted genetics

Marty’s photo of the day #3764: When Deb and I adopted Nellie from the animal shelter, a little over a year ago, we assumed she was a black Lab mix. A DNA test showed otherwise. She’s actually one-half golden retriever and one-half Australian cattle dog. We don’t dispute the DNA test, as we can see […]

Montana’s railroad car bridges

Montana’s railroad car bridges

Marty’s photo of the day #3763: In Montana, when people need a bridge, they often go to the railroad yard and buy a used flatbed car. In fact, on the dirt road leading to Deb’s and my house, we cross both a river and a stream on bridges made with railroad cars. When we first […]

Cliff swallow nests

Cliff swallow nests

Marty’s photo of the day #3762: These are cliff swallow nests, found while hiking along the Missouri River. (Photographed in the American Prairie Reserve, Montana)

Wolf spider on the prairie

Wolf spider on the prairie

Marty’s photo of the day #3761: Whenever I’m out photographing nature, sooner or later I will end up on my hands and knees capturing an image of something small. In this instance, Deb, Nellie, and I were hiking the American Prairie Reserve, in a dry area that overlooked the Judith River. The ground beneath my […]

Elk on the prairie

Elk on the prairie

Marty’s photo of the day #3760: Stalking elk on the open prairie isn’t easy—especially when accompanied by a very active, medium-sized dog. The elk were at the beginning of their rut, when Deb, Nellie, and I visited the American Prairie Reserve earlier this month. A few times we even heard them bugling. These two bulls […]

Sunsets (Set 3 of 3)

Sunsets (Set 3 of 3)

Marty’s photos of the day #3756-3759: Never in my life have I enjoyed sunsets more than I did when Deb and I explored the American Prairie Reserve earlier this month. Montana’s “big sky” made the sunsets linger, and there was just enough haze—either blowing up from the prairie or from distant forest fires—to make the […]

Sunsets (Set 2 of 3)

Sunsets (Set 2 of 3)

Marty’s photos of the day #3752-3755: Never in my life have I enjoyed sunsets more than I did when Deb and I explored the American Prairie Reserve earlier this month. Montana’s “big sky” made the sunsets linger, and there was just enough haze—either blowing up from the prairie or from distant forest fires—to make the […]

Sunsets (Set 1 of 3)

Sunsets (Set 1 of 3)

Marty’s photos of the day #3748-3751: Never in my life have I enjoyed sunsets more than I did when Deb and I explored the American Prairie Reserve earlier this month. Montana’s “big sky” made the sunsets linger, and there was just enough haze—either blowing up from the prairie or from distant forest fires—to make the […]

Coyote Camp

Coyote Camp

Marty’s photos of the day #3744-3747: My favorite of the three places Deb, Nellie, and I stayed at in the American Prairie Reserve was a yurt on the western side. The yurt didn’t have running water, but it still felt luxurious compared to our previous two stays. Our yurt had three sections: one section had […]

Abandoned ranch

Abandoned ranch

Marty’s photos of the day #3737-3743: This is an abandoned ranch we discovered while exploring the American Prairie Reserve, near the Missouri River. Deb thinks it might have been an old government outpost, but I think it was more likely just a private ranch. It had multiple outbuildings and a corral. At first, it didn’t […]

Wind Camp

Wind Camp

Marty’s photos of the day #3730-3736: Deb, Nellie, and I stayed in three places while visiting Montana’s American Prairie Reserve. Our middle stay—two nights in a cabin at Antelope Creek Campground—was our least favorite. There the days were so windy that we renamed the location “Wind Camp.” Even so, we still enjoyed our visit. Photo […]

One-room schoolhouses

One-room schoolhouses

Marty’s photos of the day #3725-3729: While visiting Montana’s American Prairie Reserve earlier this month, my wife, Deb, and I found two inactive one-room schoolhouses. One was restored, with an unlocked door that allowed us inside, and the other we could only view from the outside. Deb grew up on a farm, on the outskirts […]

Oh, a bunny!

Oh, a bunny!

Marty’s photo of the day #3724: One of the many cool things about exploring Montana’s American Prairie Reserve was all the old, abandoned homesteads and one-room school houses scattered about. Later I will feature photos of some of those historic buildings, but today I’m sharing what was inside one of them. As I approached a […]

Sunset on the American Prairie Reserve

Sunset on the American Prairie Reserve

Marty’s photo of the day #3723: Sunsets were one of the big highlights of visiting the American Prairie Reserve earlier this month. Seemingly every sunset was better than the one before it, and there was just enough haze—either blowing up from the prairie or from distant forest fires to make the colors spectacular. Today’s photo […]

The fastest animal in the Western Hemisphere (disputed)

The fastest animal in the Western Hemisphere (disputed)

Marty’s photo of the day #3722: I expected to see pronghorn everywhere in the American Prairie Reserve, but instead they were a rare sighting. I attribute that more to bad luck than to the lack of animals. Pronghorn can run a little over 50 mph, making them the fastest land animal in the Western Hemisphere. […]

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