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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.

Hippo surprise!

Hippo surprise!

Marty’s photo of the day #2930: Early in our canoe trip down the Zambezi River in Zimbabwe, a hippo bit through the center of Deb’s and my canoe, lifted us six feet into the air, and—like a front end loader—dumped us on shore. Later, with us in a new canoe, more pissed-off hippos like this […]

The intrepid wife

The intrepid wife

Marty’s photo of the day #2912: When my first book, Cool Creatures, Hot Planet: Exploring the Seven Continents, came out, and national reviewers read about Deb’s and my adventures racing a flash flood in Borneo, swimming with piranhas in the Amazon Rainforest, and surviving a hippo attack in Zimbabwe, they all settled on a common […]

Politically correct gone wild

Politically correct gone wild

Marty’s photo of the day #2897: I frequently rant about conservatives, but today I’m going to rant about liberals. Specifically that small segment of vocal liberals who are so whiny and so PC that they make me want to puke. Here are some examples: Not too long ago, I booked my client, Emmy nominee Naomi […]

The smaller of the two pythons

The smaller of the two pythons

Marty’s photo of the day #2896: This is me, with the smaller of the two African rock pythons that I caught in Zimbabwe. If you’re wondering why I am wearing a batting glove, it has nothing to do with the snake. On the day before I left for Africa, I spilled boiling, sticky sauce on […]

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.

Your Monday morning scream

Your Monday morning scream

Marty’s photo of the day #2835: For everyone having one of those Mondays that just makes you want to scream. (Photographed in Zimbabwe)

How old?

How old?

Marty’s photo of the day #2816: This is a Marty’s photo of the day #2816: This is a baobab tree that I photographed in Zimbabwe. It’s likely between 1,000 and 2,000 years old.tree that I photographed in Zimbabwe. It’s likely between 1,000 and 2,000 years old.

Lions on the prowl

Lions on the prowl

Marty’s photo of the day #2790: When in Zimbabwe, Deb and I stood on the opposite side of a river channel and watched five lions stalking two Cape buffalo. We never saw a kill and eventually had to leave before it got dark. I shot this photo as we canoed on by.

Elephants!

Elephants!

Marty’s photo of the day #2771: Today we go to Zimbabwe, for a shot I took of a mother elephant and her adorable baby.

Photographing a leopard after sunset

Photographing a leopard after sunset

Marty’s photo of the day #2734: I tried every photo processing trick I know to make this photo clearer, but it was quite dark when I took it. Still, the photo is worth posting because unless you work for National Geographic, and can hang around for days behind a blind with incredibly expensive equipment, it’s […]

Snake calling

Snake calling

Marty’s photo of the day #2722: This is me, practicing my snake calling skills, with a seven-and-a-half foot-long African rock python. (Photographed in Zimbabwe)

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