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The wind in your ears

The wind in your ears

Marty’s photo of the day #2973: This is Annie—the best dog I’ve ever had—in a photo I took more than fifteen years ago. Deb and I had climbed to the top of a mountain in southern Montana, while Annie climbed it multiple times, saying, “Come on! Come on!” The view at the top was stunning […]

Inside Deb’s Lavender Patch, Pt 2

Inside Deb’s Lavender Patch, Pt 2

Marty’s photo of the day #2969: Today is part two of my three-part series, “Inside Deb’s Lavender Patch.” Did you know that there are 28 species of bee in Montana? Of course, since President KKKlueless sees bees as a “liberal insect,” he is doing his best to reduce their numbers in Montana and everywhere else. […]

Our Secret Spot

Our Secret Spot

Marty’s photo of the day #2941: Deb and I moved to Montana in 1996, partly because we enjoyed being able to hike almost anywhere and not see a single person. That’s changed over the years—especially in the summer—and now it’s difficult to find a trailhead parking lot without numerous cars. Fortunately, many years ago Deb […]

Western Tanager

Western Tanager

Marty’s photo of the day #2916: What is the most colorful bird found in Montana? My vote is for the western tanager. My writing room is on the second floor, and it has a window wall facing the mountains. Not a day goes by that some bird flying by doesn’t distract me from my work. […]

View from my writing room

View from my writing room

Marty’s photo of the day #2895: This was the view from the picture window in my writing room early this morning. The sun was rising on the opposite side of the house, making the trees glow, while Gash Peak was in the clouds. Sure Montana has twice elected a body-slammer Congressman, and we even sent […]

When butterflies deliver your mail

When butterflies deliver your mail

Marty’s photo of the day #2871: I dedicate today’s photo to Wanda LaCroix. She lives in Grecia, Costa Rica, and on February 1st I mailed her a copy of my new novel, “Time Is Irreverent 2: Jesus Christ, Not Again!” According to USPS tracking, the book traveled from Victor, Montana to Missoula to San Francisco […]

Trump entices fans to kill for him

Trump entices fans to kill for him

Donald Trump will forever be the worst president in the United States, because he is the only president who openly tries to entice his fans to kill for him. In my opinion, he already succeeded once, by giving the man who would become the Capital Gazette shooter that extra push, that extra permission, to kill […]

Female red-winged blackbird

Female red-winged blackbird

Marty’s photo of the day #2855: This is a female red-winged blackbird. Photographed in the Bitterroot Valley of Montana.

Peacocks and turkeys

Peacocks and turkeys

Marty’s photo of the day #2853: Wild turkeys are just rude! A rafter of them live next to my house, along with a few wild peacocks. The peacocks are incredibly shy. In fact, I’m not even positive how many there are. While I’ve been able to photograph the peacocks a few times, I’ve never been […]

Montana moose

Montana moose

Marty’s photo of the day #2851: “I’ll just stand here behind this tree, and we’ll pretend you can’t see me.” (Moose, photographed in my “front yard” several years ago.)

Montana rainbow

Montana rainbow

Marty’s photo of the day #2849: Here’s a little slice of summer in Montana for you.

Saturday morning cuteness

Saturday morning cuteness

Marty’s photo of the day #2840: Here’s a little Saturday morning cuteness for you. (Mallard ducks, photographed in the Bitterroot Valley of Montana)

Muskrat love

Muskrat love

Marty’s photo of the day #2830: Here’s a little Tuesday morning muskrat love. (Photographed in the Bitterroot Valley of Montana)

Ground squirrel games

Ground squirrel games

Marty’s photo of the day #2822: Here’s another picture to help you through the winter—ground squirrels having a little fun on a summer morning, in Montana’s Bitterroot Valley.

A summer photo for winter

A summer photo for winter

Marty’s photo of the day #2821: After all the wintery pictures I posted last week, it’s time for something that says warmer weather. Here’s a young female hooded merganser that I photographed early on a summer morning, in Montana’s Bitterroot Valley.

The Montana did-out party

The Montana did-out party

I love living at the foot of the mountains in Montana . . . most of the time. Our house is in a wooded area, on a private dirt road, and the last third of a mile is up a steep hill. At the top is Deb’s and my house and three other houses. Consequently, […]

Antarctica or Montana?

Antarctica or Montana?

Marty’s photo of the day #2818: I took this photo a few minutes ago, peering out the back window wall of our house. As you can see looking down the hill, penguins have moved in. Looking down further you can see . . . how did a ship get in my backyard? Okay, I grabbed […]

Trump is up to his neck in what?

Trump is up to his neck in what?

When Deb and I moved to Montana in 1996, we experienced record snowfall our first winter. We live at the foot of a mountain and have a long gravel driveway. Figuring “all Montana winters must be like this,” I went out and bought a snowblower. Fast forward to this winter, and in 23 years, I […]

Gadwall ducks

Gadwall ducks

Marty’s photo of the day #2817: Gadwall ducks, photographed in the Bitterroot Valley of Montana.

Home in the snow

Home in the snow

Marty’s photo of the day #2815: This is the backside of Deb’s and my house, on a snowy winter day. Deb designed the house, and we had it built in 1996. There were no building codes in Montana, so we hired a builder who, like us, had relocated from Minnesota. Consequently, we may have the […]

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