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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 […]

My forgotten first major adventure

My forgotten first major adventure

Marty’s photo of the day #4075: I write both fiction and nonfiction. If you’ve read any of my nonfiction books, you know I’ve experienced some great adventures, from searching for venomous snakes in the Amazon Rainforest to hiking on all seven continents to surviving a hippo attack with my wife, Deb, in Zimbabwe to overcoming […]

Bike ride sunrise

Bike ride sunrise

Marty’s photo of the day #4069: As part of my routine to tell aging to “fuck off,” I go on a bike ride each morning that takes me up and down a steep mountain dirt road. I even do it in the winter, with studded tires. I always carry my camera with me on those […]

The Secret Spot, Pt 1

The Secret Spot, Pt 1

Marty’s photo of the day #4038: When Deb and I moved to the Bitterroot Valley, in 1996, we could go to almost any trail and hike for hours without seeing another person. That has changed, as the valley has become a tourist destination. Even so, Deb and I still have our Secret Spot, which is […]

Bitterroots in the Bitterroot

Bitterroots in the Bitterroot

Calliope hummingbird

Calliope hummingbird

Gadwall ducks

Gadwall ducks

Marty’s photo of the day #4017: Gadwall ducks, photographed in the Bitterroot Valley of Montana.

Three months of April

Three months of April

Marty’s photo of the day #4009: My wife, Deb, and I live in the Bitterroot Valley of Montana, where, other than the far-right politics, there may not be a better place to live in the contiguous 48 states. Still, it seems that wherever a person lives, some bad always comes with the good. We’ve lived […]

Canadian tiger swallowtail butterfly

Canadian tiger swallowtail butterfly

Marty’s photo of the day #3994: Canadian tiger swallowtail butterfly, photographed in the Bitterroot Valley of Montana.

Mother’s Day Moose

Mother’s Day Moose

Marty’s photo of the day #3974: Happy Mother’s Day! (Photographed on the Essen Wildlife Refuge, in the Bitterroot Valley of Montana)

Hooded merganser

Hooded merganser

Marty’s photo of the day #3958: Hooded merganser, Photographed in the Bitterroot Valley of Montana.

Badger side-eye

Badger side-eye

Marty’s photo of the day #3957: A little Tuesday morning badger side-eye for you. (Photographed in the Bitterroot Valley of Montana)

Muskrat

Muskrat

Marty’s photo of the day #3917: Muskrat, photographed in the Bitterroot Valley of Montana.

Steller’s Jay

Steller’s Jay

Marty’s photo of the day #3916: Steller’s jay, photographed in the Bitterroot Valley of Montana.

Badger

Badger

Marty’s photo of the day #3909: Badger, photographed in the Bitterroot Valley of Montana.

Red-winged blackbird

Red-winged blackbird

Marty’s photo of the day #3891: Red-winged blackbird, photographed in the Bitterroot Valley of Montana.

Winter has no decency

Winter has no decency

Marty’s photo of the day #3877: I am a fan of winter, but only if winter has the decency to drop below freezing and stay there. This winter (in the Bitterroot Valley of Montana) is my least favorite winter in twenty-five years. We get snow—Yay, skiing!—and then it gets warm enough to start melting the […]

Ground squirrels at play

Ground squirrels at play

Marty’s photo of the day #3863: Ground squirrels at play in the Bitterroot Valley of Montana.

A pair of badgers

A pair of badgers

Marty’s photo of the day #3806: Badgers, photographed in the Bitterroot Valley of Montana.

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 […]

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