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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 […]

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 […]

Monday morning saw-whet owl

Monday morning saw-whet owl

Marty’s photo of the day #3769: To start your Monday off with a bit of cuteness, here’s another photo of the juvenile saw-whet owl that paid me a visit earlier this year. (Photographed in the Bitterroot Valley of Montana)

Moss party

Moss party

Marty’s photo of the day #3633: I live in the Bitterroot Valley of Montana. Protected on either side by mountains, the valley is in the state’s banana belt. Having lived in the same house since 1996, I’m quite aware of how the area has been affected by climate change. It seems that every year I […]

Red-winged blackbird

Red-winged blackbird

Marty’s photo of the day #3597: Red-winged blackbird, photographed in the Bitterroot Valley of Montana.

Ground squirrels

Ground squirrels

Marty’s photo of the day #3586: Ground squirrels, photographed in the Bitterroot Valley of Montana.

Osprey in flight

Osprey in flight

Marty’s photo of the day #3537: Osprey, photographed in the Bitterroot Valley of Montana.

Spring geese

Spring geese

Marty’s photo of the day #3520: Here’s a photo for anyone eager for spring. (Canada geese, photographed in the Bitterroot Valley of Montana)

Osprey

Osprey

Marty’s photo of the day #3501: Osprey, photographed in the Bitterroot Valley of Montana.

The old uncle owl-sitter

The old uncle owl-sitter

Marty’s photo of the day #3496: Here’s another photo from the Bitterroot Valley of Montana. This is a very large juvenile long-eared owl. The mother was out hunting, but fortunately an old uncle was nearby to babysit the youngster.

Mother badger and cub

Mother badger and cub

Marty’s photo of the day #3481: A mother badger with one of her cubs. Photographed in the beautiful Bitterroot Valley of Montana.

Great blue heron

Great blue heron

Marty’s photo of the day #3480: Great blue heron, photographed in the beautiful Bitterroot Valley of Montana.

Artsy red-winged blackbird

Artsy red-winged blackbird

Marty’s photo of the day #3465: Today we go artsy, with a red-winged blackbird, photographed in the Bitterroot Valley of Montana.

Yellow-headed blackbird

Yellow-headed blackbird

Marty’s photo of the day #3448: This is a yellow-headed blackbird, photographed in the Bitterroot Valley of Montana.

Female hooded merganser

Female hooded merganser

Marty’s photo of the day #3438: This is a female hooded merganser, photographed in the Bitterroot Valley of Montana.

Hurry up Mom. We’re hungry!

Hurry up Mom. We’re hungry!

Marty’s photo of the day #3436: Juvenile badgers, waiting for mom to bring home breakfast. (Photographed in the Bitterroot Valley of Montana)

What dogs tell us

What dogs tell us

Marty’s photo of the day #3388: Since Deb and I moved to Montana’s Bitterroot Valley in 1996, we’ve had multiple dogs, including three adopted from the local animal shelter. We’ll never know for sure what our adopted canine family members went through previously, but they’ve given us a pretty good idea. Our first, Annie, (a […]

Muskrat

Muskrat

Marty’s photo of the day #3378: Muskrat, photographed in the Bitterroot Valley of Montana.

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