Marty’s photo of the day #3283: This is a chacma baboon, photographed in Zimbabwe. When full-grown, males weigh seventy or more pounds, and females weigh half that. Experts are divided as to whether chacmas are a subspecies of the savannah baboon or a species unto themselves. Either way, they’re the world’s largest baboons.
Marty’s photo of the day #3274: I took this leopard photo on the dark side of dusk, so I really had to push my camera. But hey—it’s a leopard! (Photographed in Zimbabwe)
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.
Marty’s photo of the day #3251: This is a Cape buffalo, photographed in Zimbabwe. From my first book, Cool Creatures, Hot Planet: Exploring the Seven Continents: Brian carried a high-powered rifle as a defense against animal attacks. He paused to warn us about animals that could force him to use it: “Contrary to what you […]
Marty’s photo of the day #3220: Elephants in a dried-up riverbed in Zimbabwe. The best water was just under the sand, so elephants would dig their own private wells.
Marty’s photo of the day #3214: This is me, several years ago, kissing an eleven-foot-long African rock python I caught in Zimbabwe. Last year, if people had to choose between kissing someone who recently returned from a large evangelical church service or kissing an eleven-foot-long python, the vast majority would choose to kiss the evangelical. […]
Marty’s photo of the day #3201: This is me, unleashing my inner Steve Irwin, with a seven-and-a-half foot-long African rock python. And if you are wondering why I’m wearing a batting glove, I burned my hand badly just before leaving for Zimbabwe. The glove worked better than a bandage for keeping cooties out of the […]
Marty’s photo of the day #3160: This isn’t a high-quality photo, because I took it at dusk and had to artificially boost the light afterward. Nevertheless, seeing a leopard in any light is an unforgettable experience. Note: Unlike the Trump brothers, who had to compensate for their inferiority by killing the leopard they saw in […]
Marty’s photo of the day #3159: I took this photo from the copilot’s seat of a bush plane. You are looking at Victoria Falls—the widest curtain of water on earth. (Photographed in Zimbabwe)
Marty’s photo of the day #3157: “Are you lookin’ at me?” There are six zebras in this photo, not five. Photographed in Zimbabwe.
Marty’s photo of the day #3144: A family of waterbucks. (Photographed in Zimbabwe)
Marty’s photo of the day #3137: When you’re out in the African bush, you never know what animals are watching you. There could be skittish impalas or hungry hyenas. Or, in this case, a young lioness who is sure you can’t see her. (Photographed in Zimbabwe)
Marty’s photo of the day #3125: This is me and the biggest snake I will ever catch: an 11-foot-long African Rock Python. And unlike the Trump bothers, who kill amazing animals in Africa, I let this python go shortly after this photo was taken. With any luck, the python will live for another twenty or […]
Marty’s photo of the day #3108: Under all of this vegetation is one of the smaller unnamed pools in Mana Pool National Park. It’s also great place for snakes and young crocodiles to hang out. (Photographed in Zimbabwe)
Marty’s photo of the day #3091: Me holding a seven-and-a-half-foot-long African rock python in Zimbabwe. She was quite talkative!
Marty’s photo of the day #3046: When hiking in Zimbabwe I had the privilege of watching a troop of about thirty chacma baboons. They are the largest species of baboons. In this photo, a female is trying to entice the big male to mate with her. He ignored her for a while and then finally […]
Marty’s photo of the day #3040: Two days after Deb and I had been attacked by a hippo, we were in a fresh canoe on the Zambezi River and had to pass through a narrow channel. Blocking our way were two hippos fighting. Rather than risk losing another canoe to a hippo’s mouth, we pulled […]
Marty’s photo of the day #3035: There are only 3500 African painted dogs left in the world. In Zimbabwe, where I took this photo, there are only 700 African painted dogs left. Seeing 14 at once was truly a special moment.
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 […]