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Zimbabweans don’t need no stinkin’ guard rails!

Zimbabweans don’t need no stinkin’ guard rails!

Marty’s photo of the day #2373: This is a small section of Victoria Falls, photographed on the Zimbabwe side. If these falls were in the United States, this photo would have been much more difficult to take, as guard rails would have blocked my view. But Zimbabweans don’t need no stinkin’ guard rails! I have […]

How to call a python

How to call a python

Marty’s photo of the day #2368: Marty Essen, python caller. “Here’s snake! Come here, boy! That’s it. Good boy! Come to daddy!” This technique works equally well with cats. (Photographed in Zimbabwe)

A hippo is in the way

A hippo is in the way

Marty’s photo of the day #2362: Aah! Another beautiful day, canoeing down the Zambezi River in Zimbabwe! I don’t think I’ll paddle ashore here, however.

Here’s mud in your eye!

Here’s mud in your eye!

Marty’s photo of the day #2338: I tried to come up with some clever parallel between this elephant and the Republican Party, but I’m not thinking creatively yet this morning. So instead, I’ll go with the obvious: Here’s mud in your eye! (Photographed in Zimbabwe)

Martyman gets rich!

Martyman gets rich!

Marty’s photo of the day #2307: Martyman is all excited, because I gave him a $5,000.00 bill. “With all this money, I can impress the ladies,” he said. “Maybe I can even get a mail-order stripper-bride, just like Melania Trump! Did I say stripper? I mean ‘high-class model-bride.’” Poor Martyman is in for a letdown. […]

Zebras

Zebras

Marty’s photo of the day #2256: Zebras in Zimbabwe, just before they zipped into the bush.

Photo-shy impalas

Photo-shy impalas

Marty’s photo of the day #2236: I saw tons of impala in Zimbabwe, but never did get a good photo of them. It was as if they knew the limitations of my lens and then backed off 20 feet from there. This photo was about as good as it got.

The prey has a job to do

The prey has a job to do

Marty’s photo of the day #2228: Here’ an excerpt from my fist book, Cool Creatures, Hot Planet: Exploring the Seven Continents: Woof! “Everyone, sit!” whispered Brian. “A pack of Cape hunting dogs is directly in front of us!” The dogs were an animal I had hoped, but never expected, to see. Cape hunting dogs are […]

Victoria Falls

Victoria Falls

Marty’s photo of the day #2190: I have a lot of Victoria Falls (Zimbabwe) pictures, as during the time of our visit, the water level was ideal for photography. Here’s one I haven’t posted before.

The hippo salesman

The hippo salesman

Marty’s photo of the day #2079: A young man tries to sell us a carved wooden hippo in Zimbabwe. (Yes, we bought it.)

What do you think this is?

What do you think this is?

Marty’s photo of the day #2076: Okay, who saw this and immediately guessed that it was a close-up of a termite mound? (Photographed in Zimbabwe)

Zambezi River from the copilot’s seat

Zambezi River from the copilot’s seat

Marty’s photo of the day #2072: During my travels, I’ve spent a lot of time in the copilot’s seat on tiny airplanes. I don’t know how to fly, but I’ve picked up some pointers by watching. If the pilot suddenly died, I could probably at least crash the airplane with style. Here’s one of my […]

Zambezi Sunset

Zambezi Sunset

Marty’s photo of the day #2138: Sunset on the Zambezi River (I’m standing on the Zimbabwe side of the river, looking toward the Zambia side).

Grazing Hippo

Grazing Hippo

Marty’s photo of the day #2131: Here’s a photo from Deb’s and my hike across Mana Pools National Park in Zimbabwe. This was a photo I had to be very quiet about taking. Even though I used a zoom lens, hippos are very fast. Had he heard me approach and charged, I would have had […]

Waterbucks

Waterbucks

Marty’s photo of the day #2125: Today we go to Zimbabwe to visit a waterbuck family.

Victoria Falls

Victoria Falls

Marty’s photo of the day #2109: Here’s a photo of Victoria Falls from my adventure in Zimbabwe. I got very wet taking this photo, as whenever even the slightest wind blew, I’d be in my own private rainstorm. Victoria Falls is an arid region, but all around it is a tiny rainforest, with rainforest plants.

Water for elephants

Water for elephants

Marty’s photo of the day #2106: I came across these three elephants (and many more) while hiking in a dry riverbed in Zimbabwe. As you can see, they have a little water here. If they wanted more, they’d dig a hole and water would seep in.  

The taunter of leopards

The taunter of leopards

Marty’s photo of the day #2102: Last night Deb and I watched a National Geographic documentary that followed the life of a leopard. One of the humorous sections of the program was about the African squirrels that taunted the leopard when she was young—just as squirrels taunt dogs around the world. The big difference between […]

When in doubt . . . .

When in doubt . . . .

Marty’s photo of the day #2022: I had the hardest time choosing a photo this morning. I definitely need to head out on another adventure, so I can get some more photos. Let’s see . . . . When in doubt, go with a baby animal photo. (Photographed while backpacking in Zimbabwe)

Accordion Zebra

Accordion Zebra

Marty’s photo of the day #1956: This is by far the rarest animal that I photographed in Zimbabwe: the Eight-Legged Accordion Zebra.

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