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The elephant and the tree

The elephant and the tree

Marty’s photo of the day #3981: A great old elephant next to a great old tree. Photographed while backpacking across Mana Pools National Park in Zimbabwe.

Chacma baboons

Chacma baboons

Marty’s photo of the day #3945: For me, the most enjoyable aspect of Deb’s and my five-day hike across Mana Pools National Park in Zimbabwe was that we never knew what we’d encounter from one moment to the next. We could hike for an hour and not see much more than impalas. Then, all of […]

Two elephants

Two elephants

Marty’s photo of the day #3821: Here are two elephants, photographed while hiking across Mana Pools National Park in Zimbabwe.

Baboon troop

Baboon troop

Marty’s photo of the day #3587: During our 53-mile hike across Mana Pools National Park in Zimbabwe, Deb and I came across this troop of chacma baboons, feeding. Chacmas are the world’s largest baboon species, with the males weighing up to 100 pounds.

African rock python

African rock python

Marty’s photo of the day #3462: I photographed this seven-foot-long African rock python while hiking across Mana Pools National Park in Zimbabwe.

The patient crocodile

The patient crocodile

Marty’s photo of the day #3455: A scene from one of the pools in Mana Pools National Park (Zimbabwe). Do you see the crocodile, patiently waiting for its prey to make a mistake? Me neither—but he/she is there.

Zimbabwe elephants

Zimbabwe elephants

Marty’s photo of the day #3261: I photographed these two elephants while hiking across Mana Pools National Park in Zimbabwe. This was not a fierce battle. In fact, one seems quite excited about the encounter.

The hungry elephant

The hungry elephant

Marty’s photo of the day #3185: I haven’t posted a shot from Africa for a while, so here’s a huge elephant Deb and I encountered during our 53-mile hike across Mana Pools National Park in Zimbabwe.

Momma Elephant? Don’t mind us!

Momma Elephant? Don’t mind us!

Marty’s photo of the day #3023: For the last chapter in my first book, Cool Creatures, Hot Planet: Exploring the Seven Continents, I wanted something special for the big finish. When most people go to Africa, they are secured safely inside Land Rovers. Deb and I, however, hiked 53 miles across Mana Pools National Park […]

African grey hornbill

African grey hornbill

Marty’s photo of the day #2945: This is an African grey hornbill, photographed while backpacking across Mana Pools National Park in Zimbabwe.

Yellow-billed stork

Yellow-billed stork

Marty’s photo of the day #2935: Here’s a yellow-billed stork that I photographed while backpacking across Mana Pools National Park in Zimbabwe.

Big Bull

Big Bull

Marty’s photo of the day #2848: While hiking across Mana Pools National Park in Zimbabwe, I came across this great old bull elephant.

He was magnificent!

He was magnificent!

Marty’s photo of the day #2704: Most Americans who go to Africa see the animals from the safety of a Land Rover. And those who go on foot, like Eric and Donald Trump Jr., do it with powerful rifles. Actually in the Trumps’ case, they probably rode in a Land Rover and walked the last […]

Come for a swim!

Come for a swim!

Marty’s photo of the day #2641: This is one of the pools at Mana Pools National Park in Zimbabwe. The crocodiles would like me to tell you that the water is the perfect temperature, and they would like to invite you for an invigorating swim.

Zebras!

Zebras!

Marty’s photo of the day #2347: Hiking across Mana Pools National Park in Zimbabwe gave me a real appreciation for Zebras. Their coats were so bright, and they were always on alert. They also kept me frustrated, as a photographer, often bolting at the edge of the effective range of my zoom lens.

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