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Little Dog on the Prairie

Little Dog on the Prairie

Marty’s photo of the day #4094: “The Little Dog on the Prairie.” Okay, at 58 pounds, Nellie is more of a medium-to-large-sized-dog, but you get the point. I shot this photo during a long hike in the American Prairie Reserve, after Deb and I discovered that Nellie could successfully dodge all the cactus and gave […]

Damsel fly on the prairie

Damsel fly on the prairie

Marty’s photo of the day #4093: I shot this photo earlier this month along the Judith River in the American Prairie Reserve. The challenge here was not to spook the damsel fly while achieving focus on a subject perched on a swaying piece of grass.

Nellie and the prickly pear

Nellie and the prickly pear

Marty’s photo of the day #4092: Two years ago, before Deb’s and my first visit to the American Prairie Reserve (now officially called “American Prairie”) in central Montana, we were concerned about our newly adopted dog, Nellie, stepping on the cactus there. So months ahead of time, we patiently tried to get Nellie used to […]

Frogs, frogs, everywhere!

Frogs, frogs, everywhere!

Marty’s photo of the day #4090: There is probably not a better sign of a healthy ecosystem than an abundance of frogs. When I was in the American Prairie Reserve of central Montana earlier this month, I spotted more frogs along the Judith River than I had spotted at any time since I was about […]

The half-moon shot

The half-moon shot

Marty’s photo of the day #4089: When visiting the American Prairie Reserve earlier this month, Deb, Nellie, and I spent all five of our evenings there, lying on our backs, drinking adult beverages, and watching the stars. (Well, as responsible parents, Deb and I didn’t actually let our dog, Nellie, have any of the adult […]

Evanescence with 25,000 of my closest friends

Evanescence with 25,000 of my closest friends

Marty’s photo of the day #4088: During the first part of September, Deb and I enjoyed an unusual split vacation that included six days in the American Prairie Reserve of central Montana, two days at home, and then three days in Utah that included exploring the Farmington Bay Waterfowl Management Area and Antelope Island. Those […]

Aw! It’s a baby yellow-bellied racer.

Aw! It’s a baby yellow-bellied racer.

Marty’s photo of the day #4087: Aw! It’s a baby yellow-bellied racer. I shot this photo two weeks ago, while on vacation in the American Prairie Reserve. Deb (wife), Nellie (dog), and I were near the end of a long hike—just at the point where we were hot, tired, and thirsty—when I spotted this snake […]

Rolling in cow shit

Rolling in cow shit

Marty’s photo of the day #4086: Remember the children’s stories about leprechauns and how they’d disappear if you blinked? Nellie has the same power when it comes to cow poop. Of all the dogs I’ve had over the years, Nellie rolls in shit less than any of them, so when she does it, she makes […]

This year’s prairie dog

This year’s prairie dog

Marty’s photo of the day #4085: During last year’s vacation at the American Prairie Reserve (in central Montana), I was able to capture some outstanding prairie dog images. Midway through this year’s five-day-stay, I was getting discouraged. The prairie dogs seemed more skittish than the previous year—although having Nellie, a very active actual dog with […]

Walking on water

Walking on water

Marty’s photo of the day #4083: Nellie thinks I can walk on water, and I think she can walk on water too. And when you both believe—anything can happen! My wife, Deb, shot this photo of Nellie and me a little over a week ago, at the American Prairie Reserve in central Montana. We were […]

Burrowing Owl

Burrowing Owl

Marty’s photo of the day #4082: Our vacation is over . . . sigh. First, Deb (wife), Nellie (dog), and I spent six days in the American Prairie Reserve of central Montana. There we stayed in a remote yurt, with no running water, no phone, no internet, and limited solar power. It was awesome! Then […]

Adventures in the American Prairie Reserve

Adventures in the American Prairie Reserve

Marty’s photo of the day #4080: Deb, Nellie, and I have returned home from the first six days of our nine-day vacation. We spent the previous days at the American Prairie Reserve (now officially known as just American Prairie) in central Montana. This was our second consecutive year renting a yurt there. The yurt sits […]

Year of spectacular sunsets

Year of spectacular sunsets

Marty’s photo of the day #4057: In a few weeks, Deb (wife), Nellie (dog), and I (Nellie’s plaything) will be returning to Montana’s American Prairie (formerly the American Prairie Reserve). Last year’s visit was too brief, so we’re going to stay longer this time. There’s so much to explore! This photo is from last year—the […]

Nellie in the grass

Nellie in the grass

Marty’s photo of the day #3811: Nellie helps me look for snakes in the tall grass, at the American Prairie Reserve, earlier this summer.

Nellie at Sunset #2

Nellie at Sunset #2

Marty’s photo of the day #3789: A little over a week ago, I posted a photo of Nellie playing in the water at sunset. At the time, I had two photos to choose from. Today, I am posting the photo I hadn’t selected for the original post. I’m also reposting the story below: We adopted […]

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 […]

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