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Z wall of zebras

Z wall of zebras

Marty’s photo of the day #3374: Z wall of zebras. Photographed in Zimbabwe.

Lions on the prowl

Lions on the prowl

Marty’s photo of the day #3361: Look closely and you’ll see lions on both sides of the Cape buffalo. Overall, five lionesses took part in the hunt. Deb and I watched for about forty-five minutes, but the lions never moved in for a kill. Photographed in Zimbabwe.

And then the hippo bit . . .

And then the hippo bit . . .

Marty’s photo of the day #3356: My sixth book, Hits, Heathens, and Hippos: Stories from an Agent, Activist, and Adventurer, is complete and will be published sometime next year. In that book, I share a hilarious story about Montana’s Democratic Governor Brian Schweitzer “coercing” me into paying way, way too much for a signed Hillary […]

Cactus greeting

Cactus greeting

Marty’s photo of the day #3306: A particularly friendly cactus in Zimbabwe.

Chacma baboon

Chacma baboon

Marty’s photo of the day #3283: This is a chacma baboon, photographed in Zimbabwe. When full-grown, males weigh seventy or more pounds, and females weigh half that. Experts are divided as to whether chacmas are a subspecies of the savannah baboon or a species unto themselves. Either way, they’re the world’s largest baboons.

Leopard at dusk

Leopard at dusk

Marty’s photo of the day #3274: I took this leopard photo on the dark side of dusk, so I really had to push my camera. But hey—it’s a leopard! (Photographed in Zimbabwe)

Zimbabwe elephants

Zimbabwe elephants

Marty’s photo of the day #3261: I photographed these two elephants while hiking across Mana Pools National Park in Zimbabwe. This was not a fierce battle. In fact, one seems quite excited about the encounter.

The most dangerous animal in Africa

The most dangerous animal in Africa

Marty’s photo of the day #3251: This is a Cape buffalo, photographed in Zimbabwe. From my first book, Cool Creatures, Hot Planet: Exploring the Seven Continents: Brian carried a high-powered rifle as a defense against animal attacks. He paused to warn us about animals that could force him to use it: “Contrary to what you […]

Elephant wells

Elephant wells

Marty’s photo of the day #3220: Elephants in a dried-up riverbed in Zimbabwe. The best water was just under the sand, so elephants would dig their own private wells.

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 […]

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