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Canoeing with hippos

Canoeing with hippos

Marty’s photo of the day #2549: When Deb and I canoed the Zambezi River in Zimbabwe, we passed roughly 1,500 hippos in three days. This wasn’t the hippo that bit through our canoe.

Zimbabwe for two bucks

Zimbabwe for two bucks

Marty’s photo of the day #2542: Today, I take you to Zimbabwe for a couple of bucks. Waterbucks, that is.

Victoria Falls rainbow

Victoria Falls rainbow

Marty’s photo of the day #2512: When I photograph famous sights, I always try to come up with an angle most photographers miss. Here’s an unconventional view of Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe.

Vervet monkey

Vervet monkey

Marty’s photo of the day #2461: This is a vervet monkey, photographed in Zimbabwe.

Leopard at dusk

Leopard at dusk

Marty’s photo of the day #2436: Anytime you can photograph a leopard in the wild, it’s special. I took this picture at dusk in Zimbabwe. Because of the lack of light, I really had to push my camera to get a usable image. The leopard disappeared into the bush moments later.

Trump-based vs. Reality-based

Trump-based vs. Reality-based

Marty’s photo of the day #2425: Today I offer two descriptions of this photo. One for reality-based humans, and one for Donald Trump and his supporters:   Reality: I took this photo in Zimbabwe.   Trump: I took this photo in a shithole country.   Reality: After a friendly woman braided Deb’s hair for a […]

Lion on the hunt

Lion on the hunt

Marty’s photo of the day #2379: I watched this lion and two others hunt Cape buffalo in Zimbabwe. The lions didn’t make a kill during the hour I was there, but hunting isn’t simple when you are a lion. Perhaps she and her hunting party had success later that evening.

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).

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