“Why are you taking photos of this one? He is for eating.” K.B. stepped back to remove his shadow from over my camera. Lying across a dirt trail near my campsite in southern Africa I was tracking the movements of a large caterpillar. Camera pressed to my face I waited for it to reappear from … More The Prettiest Caterpillar in the World Tastes Like…
From geckos that “bark” to the wiggly-wobbly walk of a chameleon (and lots of great creatures in between) I might not be able to write the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, but let me entertain you this Saturday with other fun tidbits…
Have you ever heard of a “quagga?” What’s black, and white, and red all over? Answers to these questions within my newly published essay at travel website, iExplore! Click here (or the photo above) to join me as I search for these “extinct” zebra, the elusive pygmy falcon, and capture a bit of travel photography … More Resurrecting the Bare-Bottomed Zebra
I had a lot of fun writing October’s column for the Expat Focus website, and I hope you have as much fun reading it: Go For the Flowers, Stay for the Ghost And, as always, a few extra photos just for you… Thanks for reading. The best compliment you can give is to share my … More Go For the Flowers, Stay for the Ghost
“…I was awakened by a tremendous earthquake, and though I had never before enjoyed a storm of this sort, the strange thrilling motion could not be mistaken, and I ran out of my cabin, both glad and frightened, shouting, ‘A noble earthquake! A noble earthquake!‘ feeling sure I was going to learn something. ” ―John … More “My Brain Becomes a Pop-up Store of John Muir Quotes”
I didn’t retouch the photograph above. Sunset skies at Nata Bird Sanctuary in Botswana really were the color of cotton candy. Just thought I’d share a little beauty today, with these pelicans in the salt pans. Happy Thursday, and thanks for stopping by! Love, MarLa
There is a poem, written in the 16th century, that I think of every time I go to the beach. I have my dear, departed grandfather to thank for knowing it. He passed on his love of classic poetry and literature to his children, and in turn I grew up a little conflicted on spelling, … More One Day I Wrote Her Name Upon the Strand
Just a couple quick photos from my recent travels in Botswana, coming across a honey badger in Moremi Game Reserve. He wasn’t having any of us, and as quick as we could snap some photos and video, he was gone.
Happy Tuesday, readers! Sharing a few snaps of a couple collared barbets. These two might be a mating pair. Does this surprise you? If so, you’re probably familiar with birds, and know that many male birds have more color, or striking variation in color, than females. The generally accepted explanation for this is that males … More Tuesdays in Tshwane: Collared Barbet
We’re going to try our hand at real bush camping, in the Okavango Delta of Botswana. No fences. No bathrooms. No showers. Just a couple crazy Americans and a shovel to dig a loo. Want to come? You might die. You might get eaten.