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Hooded merganser

Hooded merganser

Marty’s photo of the day #2656: Hooded merganser (female), photographed in the Bitterroot Valley of Montana.  

Badger mother and baby

Badger mother and baby

Marty’s photo of the day #2642: A mother badger shares a moment with one of her babies. (Photographed in the Bitterroot Valley of Montana)

Animals A to Z. The Letter Q

Animals A to Z. The Letter Q

Marty’s photo of the day #2628: It’s “Animals A thru Z Month.” Each day in August, I will post an animal I’ve photographed—somewhere in the world—in alphabetical order. Q is for Quail. This California quail lives near my house. Of all the birds that live near me, these are the most exotic-looking. I’d expect to […]

Animals A to Z. The Letter G

Animals A to Z. The Letter G

Marty’s photo of the day #2618: It’s “Animals A thru Z Month.” Each day in August, I will post an animal I’ve photographed—somewhere in the world—in alphabetical order. G is for Great Blue Heron. I have great blue herons shots from many locations. But since I took most of the photos I’m posting this month […]

Animals A to Z. The Letter D

Animals A to Z. The Letter D

Marty’s photo of the day #2615: It’s “Animals A thru Z Month.” Each day in August, I will post an animal I’ve photographed—somewhere in the world—in alphabetical order. D is for Dragonfly. Borneo has one of the most exotic, under-explored rainforests in the world. There are so many creatures there that have evolved differently than […]

The Republicans actually raffled this off

The Republicans actually raffled this off

Marty’s photo of the day #2591: Yesterday I went to the Farmer’s Market and stopped at the Ravalli County Republican Central Committee booth to photograph the assault rifle they were raffling off. I approached as if I were one of their cult, and even got this lady to hold up the gun for me. I’m […]

Hooded Merganser

Hooded Merganser

Marty’s photo of the day #2586: This is a hooded merganser, photographed in the Bitterroot Valley of Montana.

Snake education

Snake education

Marty’s photo of the day #2583: I was flipping through my photo files this morning, trying to decide what to post, when I came across this shot. Several years ago, I helped with an after school program at the Stevensville, Montana library. The kids are holding Eve, my seven-foot-long rainbow boa. Most were touching a […]

Bizarre encounters with cops

Bizarre encounters with cops

I understand that there are dedicated, ethical cops out there. Nevertheless, I’ve had some bizarre encounters with cops over the years: When I ran the Bitterroot Baseball League and managed one of the teams, a cop who was on my team called me drunk one night and tried to intimidate me because I didn’t give […]

Follow the eye

Follow the eye

Marty’s photo of the day #2512: I love the feeling this photo projects. Mr. Moose can’t pass up stripping the branch of its tasty new growth, yet he can’t take his eye off of me either. And you can tell by the aim of his eye just how much he towers over me. (Photographed in […]

Yes, I do take requests

Yes, I do take requests

Marty’s photo of the day #2494: I worked my way through high school and college as a DJ at radio stations WEBC and KQDS in Duluth. That avocation is long behind me, but I still take requests. Yesterday a friend wrote and requested a marmot picture. So let me, uh-um, clear my throat and find […]

The Mother of All Badgers

The Mother of All Badgers

Marty’s photo of the day #2493: The Mother of All Badgers. . . . or at least the ones on this hill. (Photographed in the Bitterroot Valley of Montana)

Pileated woodpecker

Pileated woodpecker

Marty’s photo of the day #2491: I bet you didn’t know that pileated woodpeckers supplement their diet by eating berries. (Photographed in Montana)

Greetings from Grand Rapids, Michigan!

Greetings from Grand Rapids, Michigan!

Marty’s photo of the day #2490: Greetings from Grand Rapids, Michigan! I have been up since 2:15 a.m., driving to the airport and flying from Montana. Because of the goofy flight schedule, I’m actually here a day early. Tomorrow night, at 9:00 p.m., I present “Around the World in 90 Minutes” at Grand Valley State […]

How I know Planet Earth is totally screwed

How I know Planet Earth is totally screwed

Here’s how I know Planet Earth is totally screwed: I live in the mountains, in the Bitterroot Valley. No matter what the temperature, I go on a half-hour bike ride each morning down the hill to my mailbox to get the newspaper. I do this both for exercise (the ride back up is strenuous) and […]

Columbian ground squirrels

Columbian ground squirrels

Marty’s photo of the day #2483: Here’s a photo taken near where I live in Montana: Columbian ground squirrels.

The Golden Age of Right-Wing Cultism

The Golden Age of Right-Wing Cultism

There’s no point in holding back: Republicans are gullible and stupid! In this morning’s Missoulian, Montana Republican State Senator Albert Olszewski accused the Democrats of holding our military ransom for almost a decade. How much money do we need to give our military? We already spend more on defense than the next nine most powerful […]

Montana Scenic

Montana Scenic

Marty’s photo of the day #2437: I haven’t posted a scenic photo in a while, so let’s go with this one, taken a little north of Yellowstone. Doesn’t it just scream “Montana”?

Juvenile badgers

Juvenile badgers

Marty’s photo of the day #2429: I photographed these two juvenile badgers a few years ago, in the same Montana valley I live in. I’m surprised I hadn’t posted this shot before, but then lately every photo I post has been a surprise. Just when I think I’m running out of quality shots, another one […]

The story of the naked walk

The story of the naked walk

Marty’s photo of the day #2397: This is a picture of our twelve-foot-tall Christmas tree and the story of the naked walk. Eight years ago, the furnace in our relatively new house suffered a series of breakdowns (likely due to repairman incompetence). Eventually we hired a different furnace company, which talked us into getting a […]

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