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My forgotten first major adventure

My forgotten first major adventure

Marty’s photo of the day #4075: I write both fiction and nonfiction. If you’ve read any of my nonfiction books, you know I’ve experienced some great adventures, from searching for venomous snakes in the Amazon Rainforest to hiking on all seven continents to surviving a hippo attack with my wife, Deb, in Zimbabwe to overcoming […]

Just how big is a hippo’s mouth?

Just how big is a hippo’s mouth?

Marty’s photo of the day #4068: Can an entire canoe fit sideways into a hippo’s mouth? I took this photo in Zimbabwe shortly after my wife, Deb, and I proved—yes, it most definitely can! For those who don’t already know the story, here’s an excerpt from my first book, Cool Creatures, Hot Planet: Exploring the […]

The face tree

The face tree

Hey Right-Wingers!

Hey Right-Wingers!

Marty’s photo of the day #4005: Hey, Right-wingers! My wife and I canoed the Zambezi River in Zimbabwe, passing two thousand hippos over three days—including this one. And us two liberals did it without weapons of any kind in our canoe. So my question to you is this: Why are we such “snowflakes,” when you […]

A pack of African painted dogs

A pack of African painted dogs

Marty’s photo of the day #3987: There are only 3,500 African painted dogs left in the world, and 700 of them live in Zimbabwe. Deb and I got to watch a pack of 18 dogs, when we hiked across Mana Pools National Park. I took this photo after the painted dogs had been watching us […]

Zebras travel in . . .

Zebras travel in . . .

Marty’s photo of the day #3985: Zebras travel in “herds,” but perhaps a more accurate term would be “clusters.” (Photographed while hiking in Zimbabwe)

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 […]

Elephant kindness

Elephant kindness

Marty’s photo of the day #3905: A little elephant kindness at the waterhole. Republicans could learn so much if they actually paid attention to their own mascot. Photographed in Zimbabwe.

Zebras

Zebras

Marty’s photo of the day #3901: Seeing zebras while hiking in Zimbabwe was so different from seeing them in a zoo. They were just so bright and beautiful.

No bigger than this!

No bigger than this!

Marty’s photo of the day #3869: This is me and an eleven-foot-long African rock python that I caught in Zimbabwe. She was pretty much the upper-limit size of snake I would dare catch. I released her a few minutes later—with the snake thinking, “Phew! That’s pretty much the upper-limit size human I would dare catch.”

Wet photography

Wet photography

Marty’s photo of the day #3854: Visiting Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe is a wet experience, especially when the water is high. I had to wipe off my camera lens before each shot. This particular photo has been sitting in a file on my computer for years, because I didn’t consider it one of my better […]

Leopard

Leopard

Marty’s photo of the day #3848: Sneaking up on a leopard in Zimbabwe. When I shot this photo, the sun had already set, so I didn’t have much light to work with. Back home, I lightened it as much as I could in my computer without changing the colors. Although leopards are not an endangered […]

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.

Elephant charge!

Elephant charge!

Marty’s photo of the day #3694: Yesterday I posted a different elephant photo and someone (a bit tongue-in-cheek) wondered if the elephant was charging me. That elephant wasn’t charging, but this one is very much doing so. I was photographing this elephant while standing on the bank of a deep, dry riverbed. I wasn’t using […]

Elephant up-close

Elephant up-close

Marty’s photo of the day #3693: Here’s an elephant that I photographed while hiking in Zimbabwe.

Canoeing with hippos

Canoeing with hippos

Marty’s photo of the day #3656: Canoeing with hippos on the Zambezi River in Zimbabwe.

Black rhino in the bush

Black rhino in the bush

Marty’s photo of the day #3618: Sometimes getting an unobstructed portrait is just not possible. In this case, I’m photographing a rare black rhino, lounging in the bush. I never saw more of the animal than you can see in this photo, because any disturbance would bring the rhino to his feet in a charge. […]

Elephant on foot

Elephant on foot

Marty’s photo of the day #3592: When Deb and I went to Zimbabwe to complete the last chapter in my first book, Cool Creatures, Hot Planet: Exploring the Seven Continents, I was determined to see the country on foot, not from the back of a Range Rover. The reason was for moments like this, when […]

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.

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