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Sharp-shinned hawk

Sharp-shinned hawk

Marty’s photo of the day #3335: This is a sharp-shinned hawk, photographed in the Bitterroot Valley of Montana.

The Great Stupidity Purge of 2020

The Great Stupidity Purge of 2020

Let’s call the COVID-19 pandemic what it is: The Great Stupidity Purge of 2020. A key trait of conservatism/Republicanism is that once a person believes something is true, no evidence whatsoever will convince that person to change his/her mind. Consequently, those initial months of Donald Trump treating COVID-19 as nothing more serious than the flu […]

Pileated woodpecker

Pileated woodpecker

Marty’s photo of the day #3325: This is a pileated woodpecker, photographed in the Bitterroot Valley of Montana.

Osprey

Osprey

Marty’s photo of the day #3323: Osprey, photographed in the Bitterroot Valley of Montana.

Montana artsy

Montana artsy

Marty’s photo of the day #3319: Sometimes you can just be hiking along and nature presents an artsy shot, already set up. (Photographed in Montana. I don’t remember where.)

A spruce grouse is lookin’ at you

A spruce grouse is lookin’ at you

Marty’s photo of the day #3317: This is a spruce grouse, photographed in the Bitterroot Valley of Montana.

California Quail

California Quail

Marty’s photo of the day #3314: California quail, photographed in the Bitterroot Valley of Montana.

What I know about our peacocks

What I know about our peacocks

Marty’s photo of the day #3310: Over the past few days, people have been asking me about our peacocks. Here’s what I know: Peacocks are native to India, yet there are at least two males living on the property surrounding Deb’s and my house in Montana. I haven’t seen any females, so either the females […]

American bistort

American bistort

Marty’s photo of the day #3295: This is American bistort, photographed last weekend in a high mountain meadow, in western Montana.

Lousewort

Lousewort

Marty’s photo of the day #3294: This is lousewort, photographed last weekend in a high mountain meadow, in western Montana.

Killdeer

Killdeer

Marty’s photo of the day #3293: This is a killdeer that I photographed last past weekend near the Hogan Forest Service cabin Deb and I rented in western Montana. A pair of the birds had a nest near the cabin. The birds would put on their “broken wing” act to steer us away from the […]

Blue camas

Blue camas

Marty’s photo of the day #3292: This is blue camas, photographed last weekend in a high mountain meadow, in western Montana.

Meadow full of flowers

Meadow full of flowers

Marty’s photo of the day #3291: “Meadow full of flowers” shots are tough to do, because the flowers never show up as well on an image as they do to the naked eye. Here’s my attempt anyway. I photographed this last weekend, in western Montana, at an elevation of 6,500 feet.

A cold spotted frog

A cold spotted frog

Marty’s photo of the day #3290: Animals amaze me. This past weekend, Deb and I rented a Forest Service cabin in the mountains that sat at about 6,500 feet. While lower elevations in Montana saw a comfortable weekend, there were times we were shivering—even while wearing multiple layers of clothes. In fact, a snowstorm hit […]

Ground squirrel fun

Ground squirrel fun

Marty’s photo of the day #3284: Columbian ground squirrel fun. (Photographed in Montana)

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.)

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