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Hanging out on the middle day

Hanging out on the middle day

Marty’s photo of the day #4061: The best part of three-day backpacking trips to U.S. Forest Service cabins is the middle day. It’s work to backpack in and work to backpack out, but that middle day is always heaven. Generally Deb (wife), Nellie (dog), and I go on a few short hikes on that middle […]

Waterhole side-eye

Waterhole side-eye

Marty’s photo of the day #4059: Of all the dogs I’ve had in my life, Nellie is the best at giving side-eye. And I swear half the time she does it just to be funny. DNA tests have confirmed Nellie to be one-half golden retriever and one-half Australian cattle dog (which also makes her one-fourth […]

Big pod mariposa lilies

Big pod mariposa lilies

Marty’s photo of the day #4058: Last week’s backpacking trip took Deb (wife), Nellie (dog), and me up to about 6,700 feet. That meant many of the wildflowers were in full bloom. Big pod mariposa lilies were everywhere! And seemingly every one had a different species of bug inside. Photographing the lilies, however, was a […]

Alpine aster

Alpine aster

Marty’s photo of the day #4057: Last week’s backpacking trip took Deb (wife), Nellie (dog), and me up to about 6,700 feet. That meant many of the wildflowers were still in bloom. This tiny alpine aster was one of those flowers. Note that a spider has a fly between the petals.

Beavers vs. Fire

Beavers vs. Fire

Marty’s photo of the day #4056: Last week Deb (wife), Nellie (dog), and I went on a three-day backpacking trip to May Creek Cabin, which is a U.S. Forest Service rental cabin in the Anaconda Mountain Range of southwestern Montana. If you look closely at this photo, you will see May Creek Cabin in a […]

Prairie smoke

Prairie smoke

Marty’s photo of the day #4054: This is one of my favorite photos from Deb’s, Nellie’s, and my backpacking trip earlier this week. Prairie smoke was plentiful where we were hiking (in Anaconda Mountain Range of southwestern Montana), but it was difficult to photograph because the slightest breeze would swing the plant back and forth […]

“I’d really rather chase mice.”

“I’d really rather chase mice.”

“Mom and Dad are laughing and drinking on the footbridge again. They made me stop chasing mice to pose for this picture. I’d really rather chase mice.”—Nellie Marty’s photo of the day #4053: Deb, Nellie, and I have returned from our three-day backpacking trip. When Deb and I moved to Montana, in 1996, we started […]

Frisbee among the trees

Frisbee among the trees

The Secret Spot, Pt 4

The Secret Spot, Pt 4

The Secret Spot, Pt 1

The Secret Spot, Pt 1

Marty’s photo of the day #4038: When Deb and I moved to the Bitterroot Valley, in 1996, we could go to almost any trail and hike for hours without seeing another person. That has changed, as the valley has become a tourist destination. Even so, Deb and I still have our Secret Spot, which is […]

The deer and the slow dog

The deer and the slow dog

Yummy stuffed bones for your dog

Yummy stuffed bones for your dog

Stashed fawn

Stashed fawn

Marty’s photo of the day #4013: It’s baby animal time on the Essen Wildlife Refuge. Yesterday morning, a doe ran right up to my dog, Nellie, and me, trying to distract us, and then last night, my wife, Deb happened to step outside just in time to see likely the same deer stash her fawn. […]

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 […]

Must . . . stay . . . awake

Must . . . stay . . . awake

Marty’s photo of the day #3951: This photo is from last summer, at the end of the first day of Nellie’s first backpacking trip. After hiking twice as far as Deb and me, Nellie really wanted to take a nap. But what if the day’s adventures weren’t over? She must keep her eyes open—just in […]

A dog and her toys

A dog and her toys

Marty’s photo of the day #3936: Nellie is one-half golden retriever and one-half Australian cattle dog (which also makes her one-quarter dingo). Consequently, she is the most intelligent dog Deb and I have ever had, and she requires a lot of mental stimulation. Each morning—no matter what the weather—I take Nellie to an open section […]

Two for the dog

Two for the dog

Marty’s photo of the day #3932: Nellie would like to announce: “I caught two Frisbees at once!” (She didn’t.) and “I’m such a good dog that I deserve two cookies when we go inside.” (Well, okay.)

Taking a break

Taking a break

Marty’s photo of the day #3887: Marty: “Just enjoying a break from writing my latest novel. This one will be my best ever. Not only is it hilarious, but it is also controversial enough to be banned by Republican-controlled school boards from coast-to-coast.” Nellie: “I’ve been watching you write all day. We finally get outside, […]

Football with the Dog

Football with the Dog

Marty’s photo of the day #3884: Nellie: “Seriously Dad. When are you going to put away that camera and do something really important, like play football with the dog?”

Winter has no decency

Winter has no decency

Marty’s photo of the day #3877: I am a fan of winter, but only if winter has the decency to drop below freezing and stay there. This winter (in the Bitterroot Valley of Montana) is my least favorite winter in twenty-five years. We get snow—Yay, skiing!—and then it gets warm enough to start melting the […]

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