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Hooded merganser

Hooded merganser

Marty’s photo of the day #2656: Hooded merganser (female), photographed in the Bitterroot Valley of Montana.  

Badger mother and baby

Badger mother and baby

Marty’s photo of the day #2642: A mother badger shares a moment with one of her babies. (Photographed in the Bitterroot Valley of Montana)

Hooded Merganser

Hooded Merganser

Marty’s photo of the day #2586: This is a hooded merganser, photographed in the Bitterroot Valley of Montana.

Baby badger action

Baby badger action

Marty’s photo of the day #2536: Can you handle a little baby badger action this morning? (Photographed in the Bitterroot Valley, Montana)

How I know Planet Earth is totally screwed

How I know Planet Earth is totally screwed

Here’s how I know Planet Earth is totally screwed: I live in the mountains, in the Bitterroot Valley. No matter what the temperature, I go on a half-hour bike ride each morning down the hill to my mailbox to get the newspaper. I do this both for exercise (the ride back up is strenuous) and […]

In honor of the ass-kicking. . . .

In honor of the ass-kicking. . . .

Marty’s photo of the day #2360: Last night’s election provided the best political news in, well . . . more that a year. So in honor of the Republicans getting their ass kicked last night, I went in search of a happy political photo on my hard drive. This photo, from 2006, shows me with […]

They want to shoot you!

They want to shoot you!

Sometimes I forget that being the most outspoken liberal in the ultra-conservative Bitterroot Valley of Montana puts me on the Republican’s Most Hated List. For years I have been getting into the face of conservatives via my guest columns in the Missoulian, Ravalli Republic, and Bitterroot Star newspapers. This has generated some hate mail and […]

Our secret spot, pt 2

Our secret spot, pt 2

Marty’s photo of the day #1886: Last Monday, I wrote about a secret spot Deb and I had found, just five miles from our house. Yesterday, Deb and I returned to the same area with wine and dinner. Just as we were leaving our house, the wind changed, bringing in forest fire smoke from Idaho. […]

Our secret place

Our secret place

Marty’s photo of the day #1880: My wife, Deb, and I have a new secret place. This is our twentieth year of living in Montana, and our house is at 4000 feet, in the foothills of a mountain. Not far from us is an area we used to hike until developers subdivided and sold off […]

Kootenai Creek

Kootenai Creek

Marty’s photo of the day #1840: Deb and I have lived in Montana’s Bitterroot Valley for twenty years. During that time, we’ve hiked most of the local mountain trails. Since we prefer to avoid crowds, one trail we have avoided is the Kootenai Creek Trail, as it is right next to the town of Stevensville […]

That sense of accomplishment

That sense of accomplishment

Marty’s photo of the day #1831: One of the disadvantages of living where I live (in the woods, on a hill, next to a mountain range) is that it’s tricky to get Internet service. We are too far out in the country to get DSL or cable service, so we get it wireless. The Internet […]

Baby Badger

Baby Badger

Marty’s photo of the day #1590: I photographed this baby badger near my home, in Montana’s Bitterroot Valley.  

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