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Great Horned Owl

Great Horned Owl

Marty’s photo of the day #4796: My wife, Deb’s, college roommates traveled from Minnesota to Montana to spend time with us early last month, and on one of their mornings here, I got them up early and took them hiking in the Lee Metcalf National Wildlife Refuge. The refuge seldom disappoints, and one of my […]

Pull it or enjoy it?

Pull it or enjoy it?

Marty’s photo of the day #4793: Flowers have been in bloom all over the Essen Wildlife Refuge these past two weeks. Despite living here since 1996, neither Deb nor I had thought to identify this flower until she did it a few days ago. It’s a yellow salsify, which, unfortunately, is a flower introduced from […]

Feeding time!

Feeding time!

Marty’s photo of the day #4792: As promised with yesterday’s photo of the day, here is the calliope hummingbird mother, photographed from Deb’s and my top floor bedroom window. From this angle, a branch blocks the view of the nest, but the hummingbird appears to be feeding her chicks. My goal for later this month […]

Gulch hiking

Gulch hiking

Marty’s photo of the day #4784: When Deb and I rented a U.S. Forest Service Cabin on the east fork of the Bitterroot River early last week, rain kept us inside much of the time. Since we enjoy hiking up the gulches in the area, when the sun briefly came out, we took advantage of […]

Weavings In the Wild

Weavings In the Wild

Marty’s photo of the day #4783: Here’s a “making of” photo, showing what Deb Essen and I were doing earlier this week. One of the cool ideas Deb came up with for her weaving instruction books is to photograph her completed projects “in the wilds of Montana.” And as her photographer-husband, I get to shoot […]

The Dragon Tree

The Dragon Tree

Marty’s photo of the day #4782: Yesterday, I posted about my wife, Deb, and I hanging out at a U.S. Forest Service cabin this past Monday thru Wednesday (on the East Fork of the Bitterroot River in Montana). We spent part of our first day driving remote mountain roads, looking for photoshoot locations, where I […]