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The Great Stupidity Purge of 2020

The Great Stupidity Purge of 2020

Let’s call the COVID-19 pandemic what it is: The Great Stupidity Purge of 2020. A key trait of conservatism/Republicanism is that once a person believes something is true, no evidence whatsoever will convince that person to change his/her mind. Consequently, those initial months of Donald Trump treating COVID-19 as nothing more serious than the flu […]

Pileated woodpecker

Pileated woodpecker

Marty’s photo of the day #3325: This is a pileated woodpecker, photographed in the Bitterroot Valley of Montana.

Osprey

Osprey

Marty’s photo of the day #3323: Osprey, photographed in the Bitterroot Valley of Montana.

A spruce grouse is lookin’ at you

A spruce grouse is lookin’ at you

Marty’s photo of the day #3317: This is a spruce grouse, photographed in the Bitterroot Valley of Montana.

California Quail

California Quail

Marty’s photo of the day #3314: California quail, photographed in the Bitterroot Valley of Montana.

Showy fleabane daisies

Showy fleabane daisies

Marty’s photo of the day #3312: This is the second year in a row that the Bitterroot Valley has had more rain than usual, so the wildflowers around our house are still blooming everywhere. I’m not an expert on flowers, so I had to check with the wifely identification organism (WIO) to get the correct […]

The end of Lucy

The end of Lucy

Marty’s photo of the day #3311: Yesterday was the end of Lucy. Ten years ago, when Lucy was six, she had X-rays after a hip popped out wrestling with another one of our dogs. The vet said not only were her hips shot, but she had a tendon ready to snap. When that happened she’d […]

Montana’s Bitterroot Valley

Montana’s Bitterroot Valley

Marty’s photo of the day #3268: Yesterday Deb and I went hiking in the Calf Creek Wildlife Management Area, which is in the foothills of the Sapphire Mountains, on the opposite side of the valley we live in. For those not familiar with the area, Montana’s Bitterroot Valley is 95-miles-long, with a population of just […]

Bighorn sheep

Bighorn sheep

Marty’s photo of the day #3242: Bighorn sheep, photographed in the beautiful Bitterroot Valley of Montana.

The gift of toilet paper

The gift of toilet paper

Marty’s photo of the day #3207: Those who regularly follow my posts know about all the far-right Republicans that live within a few miles of Deb’s and my house. We do have one liberal family a quarter mile away from us, however, and the husband, Aaron, and I do most of the maintenance on our […]

Playful badgers

Playful badgers

Marty’s photo of the day #3205: Playful badgers. Or at least I think they were playing. (Photographed in the Bitterroot Valley of Montana)

I’m done with this particular winter

I’m done with this particular winter

Marty’s photo of the day #3178: I like winter. I like the cold; I like the snow. What I don’t like are winters like the one we’re experiencing here in Montana’s Bitterroot Valley, where it’s a continual freeze-thaw, making the steep dirt road to our house alternate between ice and slush. Thanks Ronald Reagan! With […]

California quail

California quail

Marty’s photo of the day #3122: California quail, photographed in the Bitterroot Valley of Montana.

Bald eagle photobomb

Bald eagle photobomb

Marty’s photo of the day #3117: Damn! I was trying to photograph this swift, and a bald eagle got in the way, screwing up my focus and everything. (Photographed in the Bitterroot Valley of Montana)

Not exotic, but artsy

Not exotic, but artsy

Marty’s photo of the day #3074: This photo of a female red-winged blackbird, in the Bitterroot Valley, may be the least exotic photo I ever posted. Still, I like it. We’ll file it under “artsy.”

Pileated woodpecker

Pileated woodpecker

Marty’s photo of the day #3054: This is a pileated woodpecker, photographed in the Bitterroot Valley of Montana.

Bald Eagle

Bald Eagle

Marty’s photo of the day #3034: Bald eagle. Photographed in the Bitterroot Valley of Montana.

Osprey at work

Osprey at work

Marty’s photo of the day #3031: This is an osprey, carrying some nesting material, or making off with a patch of Donald Trump’s hair. I’m not sure which. (Photographed in the Bitterroot Valley of Montana)

Sunday morning cuteness

Sunday morning cuteness

Marty’s photo of the day #3027: Your Sunday morning cuteness train. (Mallard ducks, photographed in the Bitterroot Valley of Montana.)

Husband and wife magpies

Husband and wife magpies

Marty’s photo of the day #3026: “Damn it, Robert! You left the toilet seat up again.” (Magpies, photographed in the Bitterroot Valley of Montana.)

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