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Even better than a baby owl

Even better than a baby owl

Marty’s photo of the day #3270: Yesterday I posted a baby long-eared owl photo, because I sensed a lot of you could use a baby owl fix. That owl seemed to cheer people up, so this morning I thought, “How can I do even better than a baby owl?” The answer was obvious. Three baby […]

Baby long-eared owl

Baby long-eared owl

Marty’s photo of the day #3269: I don’t know about you, but I could use a baby long-eared owl fix right about now. (Photographed in Montana)

Montana’s Bitterroot Valley

Montana’s Bitterroot Valley

Marty’s photo of the day #3268: Yesterday Deb and I went hiking in the Calf Creek Wildlife Management Area, which is in the foothills of the Sapphire Mountains, on the opposite side of the valley we live in. For those not familiar with the area, Montana’s Bitterroot Valley is 95-miles-long, with a population of just […]

Bighorn sheep

Bighorn sheep

Marty’s photo of the day #3242: Bighorn sheep, photographed in the beautiful Bitterroot Valley of Montana.

Sarcasm has your back

Sarcasm has your back

Marty’s photo of the day #3233: “So Donald Trump has now established that any American can say anything, no matter how dangerous, and claim it was ‘sarcasm’ if it comes back to bite them in the ass. He’s a hoot!” (Long-eared owl, photographed in Montana.)

A good winter for the animals

A good winter for the animals

Marty’s photo of the day #3224: Where I live in Montana, the animals enjoyed a good winter. Deb and I have been regularly seeing a moose on our evening walks, along with lots of deer. Also, every morning on my bike ride I see between twenty and thirty deer, and this morning I saw another […]

The gift of toilet paper

The gift of toilet paper

Marty’s photo of the day #3207: Those who regularly follow my posts know about all the far-right Republicans that live within a few miles of Deb’s and my house. We do have one liberal family a quarter mile away from us, however, and the husband, Aaron, and I do most of the maintenance on our […]

Playful badgers

Playful badgers

Marty’s photo of the day #3205: Playful badgers. Or at least I think they were playing. (Photographed in the Bitterroot Valley of Montana)

Long-eared owl

Long-eared owl

Marty’s photo of the day #3203: Long-eared owl, photographed in Montana.

There’s no quarantining here . . . or there!

There’s no quarantining here . . . or there!

Marty’s photo of the day #3197: If you’ve read my first book, Cool Creatures, Hot Planet: Exploring the Seven Continents, you know the story of Deb’s and my near-death adventure backpacking with the Iban tribe on the island of Borneo. Later we spent a day at an Iban longhouse to rest and recover. The COVID-19 […]

An anniversary in the rainforest

An anniversary in the rainforest

Marty’s photo of the day #3191: Being self-employed often means seldom taking a vacation. Before Deb and I traveled to all seven continents in four years, we had gone ten years without taking a vacation, other than occasional long-weekend backpacking trips. Even then, our seven continents of adventures were technically work, because I turned them […]

I’m done with this particular winter

I’m done with this particular winter

Marty’s photo of the day #3178: I like winter. I like the cold; I like the snow. What I don’t like are winters like the one we’re experiencing here in Montana’s Bitterroot Valley, where it’s a continual freeze-thaw, making the steep dirt road to our house alternate between ice and slush. Thanks Ronald Reagan! With […]

Dogs don’t understand art

Dogs don’t understand art

Marty’s photo of the day #3133: Years ago, Deb and I spent a weekend at a Forest Service cabin, somewhere in Montana. As we were cleaning up to leave, I got the idea to try and do a Montana version of the American Gothic painting. Rule #1: Dogs don’t understand art and will destroy every […]

California quail

California quail

Marty’s photo of the day #3122: California quail, photographed in the Bitterroot Valley of Montana.

A turkey for the White House

A turkey for the White House

Marty’s photo of the day #3120: If we have to have a turkey in the White House, how about this one? At least he has all his feathers and would never be a traitor to his flock and take orders from a Caucasian snowcock. (Photographed in Montana)

Bald eagle photobomb

Bald eagle photobomb

Marty’s photo of the day #3117: Damn! I was trying to photograph this swift, and a bald eagle got in the way, screwing up my focus and everything. (Photographed in the Bitterroot Valley of Montana)

Hanging out with the moose

Hanging out with the moose

Marty’s photo of the day #3116: I had to dig deep for this photo, taken when I was still using a film camera. This moose spent a year or more hanging around our house. That’s one of my favorite things about living in Montana. Deb and I built our house here in 1996, and we […]

Red-shouldered hawk

Red-shouldered hawk

Marty’s photo of the day #3105: I’m not totally sure what species this hawk is, because I couldn’t find a perfect match in books or on the internet. I’m going with red-shouldered hawk, but if you have a better suggestion, let me know. (Photographed in Montana)

The best live band in the world today

The best live band in the world today

Marty’s photo of the day #3103: Throughout our marriage, Deb and I have done some crazy things on the spur of the moment—from suddenly deciding to move to Montana to suddenly deciding to travel all seven continents for my first book—but one of the craziest happened the night I introduced Deb to the Dutch band […]

The Gods of Artsy Light

The Gods of Artsy Light

Marty’s photo of the day #3084: Photography is all about light, and on one early Montana morning, the Gods of Artsy Light were in a particularly good mood.

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