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It’s safer to kiss the python*

It’s safer to kiss the python*

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. […]

Unleashing my inner Steve Irwin

Unleashing my inner Steve Irwin

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 […]

No compensating here

No compensating here

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 […]

The widest curtain of water on earth

The widest curtain of water on earth

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)

Zebra x 6

Zebra x 6

Marty’s photo of the day #3157: “Are you lookin’ at me?” There are six zebras in this photo, not five. Photographed in Zimbabwe.

Waterbucks

Waterbucks

Marty’s photo of the day #3144: A family of waterbucks. (Photographed in Zimbabwe)

Lion in the bush

Lion in the bush

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)

As big as I dare

As big as I dare

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 […]

Mana Pools National Park

Mana Pools National Park

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)

Talking with a rock python

Talking with a rock python

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!

Chacma baboon courtship

Chacma baboon courtship

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 […]

A hippo custody battle

A hippo custody battle

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 […]

The painted dog pack

The painted dog pack

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.

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 […]

Praying Mantis

Praying Mantis

Marty’s photo of the day #3012: If I were an art student, I would call this “A Study In Green.” (Praying mantis, photographed in Zimbabwe.)

Zebra x 3

Zebra x 3

Marty’s photo of the day #2974: We go to Zimbabwe for today’s zebra photograph. Zebras are skittish animals and difficult to sneak up on. More often than not, I’d work really hard to get close only to have them take off as soon as I aimed my camera. I felt for the lions, as they, […]

The bullet ant encounter

The bullet ant encounter

Marty’s photo of the day #2958: I photographed this bullet ant in the Amazon Rainforest of Peru. According to multiple studies, the bullet ant is the most venomous insect in the world, and it delivers the world’s most painful sting. If you’ve read my first book, Cool Creatures, Hot Planet: Exploring the Seven Continents, you […]

Post hippo-attack

Post hippo-attack

Marty’s photo of the day #2949: When Deb and I were canoeing down the Zambezi River in Zimbabwe, a hippo bit through our canoe, lifted us high into the air and threw us onto a muddy riverbank. Not many people survive a hippo attack, but we did—and it was a hell of a ride. You […]

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.

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