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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.

The “small” African rock python

The “small” African rock python

Marty’s photo of the day #3574: This is me with the smaller of the two African rock pythons I caught in Zimbabwe. Note: The pythons were quickly released, and the reason I’m wearing a batting glove has nothing to do with the snake. I spilled sticky, boiling sauce on my hand just before leaving for […]

Beep! Beep! It’s a three banded courser.

Beep! Beep! It’s a three banded courser.

Marty’s photo of the day #3543: When I first saw this bird, in Zimbabwe, I simply called it a “roadrunner.” This morning I spent some time acquiring a more accurate identification, and now I’m reasonably sure that it is a three banded courser.

The widest curtain of water on earth

The widest curtain of water on earth

Marty’s photo of the day #3538: I took this photo from the co-pilot’s seat of a rickety little bush plane. You are looking at Victoria Falls, at the boarder of Zimbabwe and Zambia. It is the widest curtain of water on earth.

What is it like to be attacked by a hippo?

What is it like to be attacked by a hippo?

Marty’s photo of the day #3526: What is it like to be attacked by a hippo? This excerpt from my newly published sixth book, Hits, Heathens, and Hippos: Stories from an Agent, Activist, and Adventurer, will put you in the canoe with Deb and me. The adventure takes place in Zimbabwe: As the sun dropped […]

Crocodile greeters

Crocodile greeters

Marty’s photo of the day #3509: A greeting party of Nile crocodiles await for Deb and me to canoe around a bend, on a narrow channel of the Zambezi River. (Photographed in Zimbabwe)

Elephant family

Elephant family

Marty’s photo of the day #3508: Few things make your heart race, like walking down a dry riverbed in Zimbabwe and coming across a family of elephants.

The top of Victoria Falls

The top of Victoria Falls

Marty’s photo of the day #3492: I took this photo in Zimbabwe. You are looking at a tiny channel of Victoria Falls—the widest curtain of water on Earth—just before the river makes its big drop.

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.

An overdose of Zs

An overdose of Zs

Marty’s photo of the day #3434: Sunset on the Zambezi River in Zimbabwe. Well, technically, the sun is setting on the Zambia side of the Zambezi. I’m just standing in Zimbabwe. Okay, fine. We’ll call it “Sunset on the Zambezi River in Zambia.” I better stop now, the Z key on my computer isn’t used […]

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