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The Prettiest Caterpillar in the World Tastes Like…

“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 the dead leaf litter. Its vibrant colors against the late autumn browns of the wooded campground were even better with the sun filtering through the trees.

“This is making me hungry.” K.B.’s sigh was audible. Continue reading The Prettiest Caterpillar in the World Tastes Like…

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Answers to Life, the Universe, and Everything…This Saturday at 2pm

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…

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Resurrecting the Bare-Bottomed Zebra

Have you ever heard of a “quagga?”

What’s black, and white, and red all over?

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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 along the way.

Love, MarLa

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A Honey Badger for Your Weekend

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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. Continue reading A Honey Badger for Your Weekend

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Tuesdays in Tshwane: Collared Barbet

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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 use color to attract females for mating, and females use less color/camouflage, to hide while sitting on a nest.

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These two collared barbets (middle and top) might be a mating pair.

I don’t know why barbets are an exception Continue reading Tuesdays in Tshwane: Collared Barbet

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Come With Me to Botswana?

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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. Continue reading Come With Me to Botswana?

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Lions in The Kruger

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Kurt and I have been discussing how we’re currently both in “Kruger withdrawal.” It’s been several months since our last visit, and I’m not quite sure how we’re coping.

Some recent lion activity on one of the sightings websites we follow had me thinking about the lions we saw there on our last trip. We were headed for an early morning walk, and just where we were supposed to park for our walk was a nice little pride of lion… Continue reading Lions in The Kruger

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The Tiniest Giraffe in the Whole Wide World?

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We came across this baby giraffe with its mother in Pilanesberg last year. One of the youngest we’ve seen yet. Continue reading The Tiniest Giraffe in the Whole Wide World?

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Things Unknown but Longed For Still

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I don’t think after living in South Africa that I could ever keep a caged bird. They are so incredibly happy flying in the trees, and fluttering back and forth to the feeder, and eating together as a large, social unit.

Lately, love birds are my most abundant visitors. Continue reading Things Unknown but Longed For Still

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Hyena in a Puddle

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South Africa map rainbowJanuary in South Africa is summertime, and this past January during a trip to Kruger, we came across a hyena enjoying a midday soak in a cool puddle among rocks beside the S114 in the southern part of the park. Continue reading Hyena in a Puddle