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Another moose vistitor

Another moose vistitor

Marty’s photo of the day #4078: Here’s another moose visitor to the Essen Wildlife Refuge, 25 acres Deb and I protect around our house at the edge of the mountains in Montana.

Last week on the Essen Wildlife Refuge

Last week on the Essen Wildlife Refuge

Marty’s photos of the day #4060-4064: Deer, elk, and wild turkeys galore! Here are just a few of the photos taken last week by the motion-sensing camera I have set up at the pond below our house, on the Essen Wildlife Refuge.

A good year for moose

A good year for moose

Marty’s photo of the day #4035: It’s another good year for moose on the Essen Wildlife Refuge—lots of tracks, several moose out of effective camera range, and others documented in a somewhat blurry way by my motion-sensing camera. Since I don’t yet have a post-worthy moose photo from this year, here’s one of a moose […]

The deer and the slow dog

The deer and the slow dog

Stashed fawn

Stashed fawn

Marty’s photo of the day #4013: It’s baby animal time on the Essen Wildlife Refuge. Yesterday morning, a doe ran right up to my dog, Nellie, and me, trying to distract us, and then last night, my wife, Deb happened to step outside just in time to see likely the same deer stash her fawn. […]

Flowers of waves

Flowers of waves

Marty’s photo of the day #4010: All the rain this year has made for spectacular waves of wildflowers at the Essen Wildlife Refuge, surrounding Deb’s and my house. A few weeks ago, the white flowers of the serviceberry bushes were everywhere; then they were replaced by the yellow flowers of arrowleaf balsamroots; now they are […]

Peacocks in Montana

Peacocks in Montana

Marty’s photo of the day #3988: Peacocks are not native to Montana, but they sure do well here. For fifteen or more years, Deb and I have enjoyed catching glimpses of the elusive peacocks that live in the Essen Wildlife Refuge that surrounds our house. And each year we collect the feathers they leave behind.

The first toad of spring

The first toad of spring

Marty’s photo of the day #3983: This shot is from yesterday. My first toad spotting of the spring. She was so small—and look at those nails on her “hand.” (Photographed on the Essen Wildlife Refuge in Montana)

Not so exotic

Not so exotic

Marty’s photo of the day #3982: If you follow my posts, you know that I often post pictures of exotic animals I have photographed all over the world. Today is dedicated to one of the least exotic animals I’ve photographed. But she’s soooooo cute! (Photographed on the Essen Wildlife Refuge in 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)

Fluffy moose

Fluffy moose

Marty’s photo of the day #3889: Moose regularly visit the Essen Wildlife Refuge (25 acres around our house that we keep natural for wildlife). This moose visited a few seasons ago—all fluffy with his winter coat.

Nellie and the elk

Nellie and the elk

Marty’s photo of the day #3809: My dog, Nellie, gets credit for this shot. Yesterday I took her outside for a pee break and she immediately sniffed the air and charged into the woods. I assumed it was just her five-times-daily inventory of trees containing squirrels, but then she barked and froze. Just ahead of […]

Peacock vs. . .

Peacock vs. . .

Marty’s photo of the day #3613: Peacock vs. turkey vs. piece of green foliage that leapt in front of my camera at the last second. Photographed at the “Essen Wildlife Refuge,” in Montana.

The frequent moose visitor

The frequent moose visitor

Marty’s photo of the day #3333: This moose is a frequent visitor to the Essen Wildlife Refuge, surrounding Deb’s and house.

There’s always the moose

There’s always the moose

Marty’s photo of the day #3017: If I haven’t been out photographing wildlife, I’m never sure what photo on my hard drive will catch my attention for my morning post. One thing is for sure. I have a ton of moose photos to choose from—all taken on the Essen Wildlife Refuge that surrounds our house. […]

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