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Calliope hummingbird

Calliope hummingbird

Gadwall ducks

Gadwall ducks

Marty’s photo of the day #4017: Gadwall ducks, photographed in the Bitterroot Valley of Montana.

Montana or British Columbia?

Montana or British Columbia?

Marty’s photo of the day #4014: Here’s a scenic shot I took between rainstorms in British Columbia. For much of this spring, today’s photo could have just as easily been shot in Montana.

Three months of April

Three months of April

Marty’s photo of the day #4009: My wife, Deb, and I live in the Bitterroot Valley of Montana, where, other than the far-right politics, there may not be a better place to live in the contiguous 48 states. Still, it seems that wherever a person lives, some bad always comes with the good. We’ve lived […]

Canadian tiger swallowtail butterfly

Canadian tiger swallowtail butterfly

Marty’s photo of the day #3994: Canadian tiger swallowtail butterfly, photographed in the Bitterroot Valley of Montana.

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)

Cold weather frog

Cold weather frog

Marty’s photo of the day #3972: I photographed this frog two years ago in western Montana. I consulted multiple frog identification sources and never came up with a perfect match. That said, I’m going to go with “northern leopard frog” and assume the slight differences are due to the cold weather and how early in […]

Hooded merganser

Hooded merganser

Marty’s photo of the day #3958: Hooded merganser, Photographed in the Bitterroot Valley of Montana.

Badger side-eye

Badger side-eye

Marty’s photo of the day #3957: A little Tuesday morning badger side-eye for you. (Photographed in the Bitterroot Valley of Montana)

Artsy hummingbird

Artsy hummingbird

Marty’s photo of the day #3927: Today I go artsy, with a hummingbird I photographed a few summers ago. (Photographed in the Bitterroot Valley of Montana)

Killdeer and the pandemic

Killdeer and the pandemic

Marty’s photo of the day #3919: I photographed this killdeer on June 20, 2020. Deb and I had rented the Hogan Cabin that weekend, which is a Forest Service cabin in western Montana. Other than the birds and the mountain flowers, what I remember most about our visit was that it was our first time […]

Muskrat

Muskrat

Marty’s photo of the day #3917: Muskrat, photographed in the Bitterroot Valley of Montana.

Steller’s Jay

Steller’s Jay

Marty’s photo of the day #3916: Steller’s jay, photographed in the Bitterroot Valley of Montana.

Western sandpipers

Western sandpipers

Marty’s photo of the day #3913: Today we go artsy with three western sandpipers on a pothole lake in Montana’s Prairie Reserve.

Feeding time!

Feeding time!

Marty’s photo of the day #3912: Barn swallows, photographed last summer in Montana’s Prairie Reserve.

Like the old summer cabin

Like the old summer cabin

Marty’s photo of the day #3911: Deb, Nellie, and I are returning to Montana’s Prairie Reserve this summer. We reserved the same yurt as last year, but for a longer stay. Being able to rent a yurt kind of reminds me of when I was a kid in Minnesota and having the family cabin to […]

Badger

Badger

Marty’s photo of the day #3909: Badger, photographed in the Bitterroot Valley of Montana.

Red-winged blackbird

Red-winged blackbird

Marty’s photo of the day #3891: Red-winged blackbird, photographed in the Bitterroot Valley of Montana.

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