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A good year for moose

A good year for moose

Marty’s photo of the day #4035: It’s another good year for moose on the Essen Wildlife Refuge—lots of tracks, several moose out of effective camera range, and others documented in a somewhat blurry way by my motion-sensing camera. Since I don’t yet have a post-worthy moose photo from this year, here’s one of a moose […]

Flowers of waves

Flowers of waves

Marty’s photo of the day #4010: All the rain this year has made for spectacular waves of wildflowers at the Essen Wildlife Refuge, surrounding Deb’s and my house. A few weeks ago, the white flowers of the serviceberry bushes were everywhere; then they were replaced by the yellow flowers of arrowleaf balsamroots; now they are […]

The spring moose

The spring moose

Marty’s photo of the day #3607: This photo is an hour old. Last night, Deb and I were taking part in our evening “porch” (our tradition of sitting on the front porch each evening with liquid refreshments, recapping the day’s events), when Deb spotted a black figure in the woods directly in front of us. […]

Penguin or moose?

Penguin or moose?

Marty’s photo of the day #3512: We got a foot of snow last night, so I spent the last three-and-a-half hours outside snow blowing our long driveway. That, of course, means that I am behind on all the other projects I had planned for today. When I’m in a hurry, a good way to make […]

A good winter for the animals

A good winter for the animals

Marty’s photo of the day #3224: Where I live in Montana, the animals enjoyed a good winter. Deb and I have been regularly seeing a moose on our evening walks, along with lots of deer. Also, every morning on my bike ride I see between twenty and thirty deer, and this morning I saw another […]

Moose-Central

Moose-Central

Marty’s photo of the day #3183: I’ve mentioned before that the 25 acres Deb and I own that surrounds our house is Moose-Central. Moose come here year around, and I’m often amazed at how effectively such a big animal can hide in the woods. In fact, we were hiking our property last week when I […]

There’s always the moose

There’s always the moose

Marty’s photo of the day #3017: If I haven’t been out photographing wildlife, I’m never sure what photo on my hard drive will catch my attention for my morning post. One thing is for sure. I have a ton of moose photos to choose from—all taken on the Essen Wildlife Refuge that surrounds our house. […]

Annika

Annika

Marty’s photo of the day #2965: Many of my photo of the day posts are as big of a surprise to me as they are to you. On my hard drive, I have many thousands of photos I’ve taken over the years. Generally I post fairly recent pictures, but some days, like today, I have […]

The value of animals . . .

The value of animals . . .

Marty’s photo of the day #2711: At my college shows, I talk about the value of all animals—not only because of their value to nature, but also because of their value to humans. This moose is a great example. Obviously moose are important to the ecosystems they live in, and, also, they provide great value […]