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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 […]

A pair of badgers

A pair of badgers

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

Thanks to all . . . except the skunk

Thanks to all . . . except the skunk

Marty’s photo of the day #3797: Nellie thanks everyone for all the birthday wishes yesterday—except the skunk! Yes, last night I took Nellie outside for her final pee break before bedtime. She’s really good about staying in sight at night, but last night I stepped into the garage just long enough to toss a bottle […]

Fall in Montana

Fall in Montana

Marty’s photo of the day #3791: Fall in Montana.

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 […]

I’m not going to let small-minded people dictate what I writ

I’m not going to let small-minded people dictate what I writ

I published Cool Creatures, Hot Planet: Exploring the Seven Continents in 2007, Endangered Edens: Exploring the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Costa Rica, the Everglades, and Puerto Rico in 2016, Time Is Irreverent in 2018, Time Is Irreverent 2: Jesus Christ, Not Again! in 2019, Time Is Irreverent 3: Gone for 16 Seconds in 2020, and […]

Prairie dogs on the APR

Prairie dogs on the APR

Marty’s photo of the day #3770: I had to approach slowly, on hands and knees, to make this prairie dog photo. (Photographed in the American Prairie Reserve, Montana)

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)

Cliff swallow nests

Cliff swallow nests

Marty’s photo of the day #3762: These are cliff swallow nests, found while hiking along the Missouri River. (Photographed in the American Prairie Reserve, Montana)

Sunsets (Set 3 of 3)

Sunsets (Set 3 of 3)

Marty’s photos of the day #3756-3759: Never in my life have I enjoyed sunsets more than I did when Deb and I explored the American Prairie Reserve earlier this month. Montana’s “big sky” made the sunsets linger, and there was just enough haze—either blowing up from the prairie or from distant forest fires—to make the […]

Sunsets (Set 2 of 3)

Sunsets (Set 2 of 3)

Marty’s photos of the day #3752-3755: Never in my life have I enjoyed sunsets more than I did when Deb and I explored the American Prairie Reserve earlier this month. Montana’s “big sky” made the sunsets linger, and there was just enough haze—either blowing up from the prairie or from distant forest fires—to make the […]

Sunsets (Set 1 of 3)

Sunsets (Set 1 of 3)

Marty’s photos of the day #3748-3751: Never in my life have I enjoyed sunsets more than I did when Deb and I explored the American Prairie Reserve earlier this month. Montana’s “big sky” made the sunsets linger, and there was just enough haze—either blowing up from the prairie or from distant forest fires—to make the […]

One-room schoolhouses

One-room schoolhouses

Marty’s photos of the day #3725-3729: While visiting Montana’s American Prairie Reserve earlier this month, my wife, Deb, and I found two inactive one-room schoolhouses. One was restored, with an unlocked door that allowed us inside, and the other we could only view from the outside. Deb grew up on a farm, on the outskirts […]

Oh, a bunny!

Oh, a bunny!

Marty’s photo of the day #3724: One of the many cool things about exploring Montana’s American Prairie Reserve was all the old, abandoned homesteads and one-room school houses scattered about. Later I will feature photos of some of those historic buildings, but today I’m sharing what was inside one of them. As I approached a […]

Prairie vs. ranchland

Prairie vs. ranchland

Marty’s photo of the day #3719: This is our tent site, from earlier this month, at Buffalo Camp on the American Prairie Reserve. It’s not an exciting photo, but I wanted to point out how green the landscape was. As we drove south out of Malta, Montana, we followed fifty miles of gravel roads until […]

The Bison Roll

The Bison Roll

Marty’s photos of the day #3718: I shot this series of bison photos during our first day in Montana’s American Prairie Reserve. Our tent, at Buffalo Camp, was a two minute walk away. I thought about attaching speech bubbles to the photos, but ultimately decided they would detract too much from the scene. Instead I […]

Swallows on the American Prairie Reserve

Swallows on the American Prairie Reserve

Marty’s photo of the day #3717: As a wildlife photographer, I’m naturally drawn to animals of the more exotic variety. But sometimes common animals, like this barn swallow and chick, are just waiting to show that they can be interesting subjects too. While visiting Montana’s American Prairie Reserve earlier this month, Deb, Nellie, and I […]

A shocking prairie dog photoshoot

A shocking prairie dog photoshoot

Marty’s photo of the day #3716: As mentioned yesterday, Deb, Nellie, and I enjoyed an amazing six days in Montana’s American Prairie Reserve. I might even write a magazine article about our experiences or work them into a future book. Our initial adventure occurred as we entered the reserve, and it caused a freaky injury […]

The American Prairie Reserve! (Post #1)

The American Prairie Reserve! (Post #1)

Marty’s photos of the day #3715: Last night, my wife Deb, our dog Nellie, and I returned from six fabulous days in the American Prairie Reserve. Few people know about this wonderful, remote Montana treasure—and admittedly I’m quite tempted to stay quiet about it. Located along the Missouri River, in north-central Montana, it is one […]

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