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The Republicans actually raffled this off

The Republicans actually raffled this off

Marty’s photo of the day #2591: Yesterday I went to the Farmer’s Market and stopped at the Ravalli County Republican Central Committee booth to photograph the assault rifle they were raffling off. I approached as if I were one of their cult, and even got this lady to hold up the gun for me. I’m […]

Hooded Merganser

Hooded Merganser

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

Snake education

Snake education

Marty’s photo of the day #2583: I was flipping through my photo files this morning, trying to decide what to post, when I came across this shot. Several years ago, I helped with an after school program at the Stevensville, Montana library. The kids are holding Eve, my seven-foot-long rainbow boa. Most were touching a […]

Bizarre encounters with cops

Bizarre encounters with cops

I understand that there are dedicated, ethical cops out there. Nevertheless, I’ve had some bizarre encounters with cops over the years: When I ran the Bitterroot Baseball League and managed one of the teams, a cop who was on my team called me drunk one night and tried to intimidate me because I didn’t give […]

Follow the eye

Follow the eye

Marty’s photo of the day #2512: I love the feeling this photo projects. Mr. Moose can’t pass up stripping the branch of its tasty new growth, yet he can’t take his eye off of me either. And you can tell by the aim of his eye just how much he towers over me. (Photographed in […]

Yes, I do take requests

Yes, I do take requests

Marty’s photo of the day #2494: I worked my way through high school and college as a DJ at radio stations WEBC and KQDS in Duluth. That avocation is long behind me, but I still take requests. Yesterday a friend wrote and requested a marmot picture. So let me, uh-um, clear my throat and find […]

The Mother of All Badgers

The Mother of All Badgers

Marty’s photo of the day #2493: The Mother of All Badgers. . . . or at least the ones on this hill. (Photographed in the Bitterroot Valley of Montana)

Pileated woodpecker

Pileated woodpecker

Marty’s photo of the day #2491: I bet you didn’t know that pileated woodpeckers supplement their diet by eating berries. (Photographed in Montana)

Greetings from Grand Rapids, Michigan!

Greetings from Grand Rapids, Michigan!

Marty’s photo of the day #2490: Greetings from Grand Rapids, Michigan! I have been up since 2:15 a.m., driving to the airport and flying from Montana. Because of the goofy flight schedule, I’m actually here a day early. Tomorrow night, at 9:00 p.m., I present “Around the World in 90 Minutes” at Grand Valley State […]

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 […]

Columbian ground squirrels

Columbian ground squirrels

Marty’s photo of the day #2483: Here’s a photo taken near where I live in Montana: Columbian ground squirrels.

The Golden Age of Right-Wing Cultism

The Golden Age of Right-Wing Cultism

There’s no point in holding back: Republicans are gullible and stupid! In this morning’s Missoulian, Montana Republican State Senator Albert Olszewski accused the Democrats of holding our military ransom for almost a decade. How much money do we need to give our military? We already spend more on defense than the next nine most powerful […]

Montana Scenic

Montana Scenic

Marty’s photo of the day #2437: I haven’t posted a scenic photo in a while, so let’s go with this one, taken a little north of Yellowstone. Doesn’t it just scream “Montana”?

Juvenile badgers

Juvenile badgers

Marty’s photo of the day #2429: I photographed these two juvenile badgers a few years ago, in the same Montana valley I live in. I’m surprised I hadn’t posted this shot before, but then lately every photo I post has been a surprise. Just when I think I’m running out of quality shots, another one […]

The story of the naked walk

The story of the naked walk

Marty’s photo of the day #2397: This is a picture of our twelve-foot-tall Christmas tree and the story of the naked walk. Eight years ago, the furnace in our relatively new house suffered a series of breakdowns (likely due to repairman incompetence). Eventually we hired a different furnace company, which talked us into getting a […]

The lucky buck

The lucky buck

Marty’s photo of the day #2382: You are looking at either the smartest or the luckiest deer in Montana. My wife and I live on 25 acres of forested land at the foot of the mountains, and all around are neighbors on similar plots of land. To put it another way, the property we own […]

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 […]

Life among the right-wingers

Life among the right-wingers

As followers of my posts know: I live in one of the most right-wing areas in conservative Montana. Consequently, it’s not the most friendly place for an outspoken liberal to live. One thing I do—both for exercise and to reduce my carbon footprint—is go on a half-hour bike ride each morning to my mail and […]

Sticky geranium

Sticky geranium

Marty’s photo of the day #2231: Here’s another wildflower blooming in Montana’s mountains: sticky geranium.

This tree brings its own ornaments

This tree brings its own ornaments

Marty’s photo of the day #2223: This tree, at the top of a mountain in Montana, didn’t need no stinkin’ Christmas ornaments. It had its own!

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