Travel Photo of the Day (August 15)

Here’s a photo from one of the safaris we did in Botswana. Our guide, Paul, worked for the camp we were staying at. His skills amazed me. How he could look at prints in the dirt and know how old they were is something I still can’t fathom. He knew what he was looking for. I enjoyed watching him. At the bottom of the photo you can see the jeep the rest of us were in. I wasn’t going to get out. There are lions out there!

About TBM

TB Markinson is an American who's recently returned to the US after a seven-year stint in the UK and Ireland. When she isn't writing, she's traveling the world, watching sports on the telly, visiting pubs in New England, or reading. Not necessarily in that order. Her novels have hit Amazon bestseller lists for lesbian fiction and lesbian romance. She cohosts the Lesbians Who Write Podcast ( with Clare Lydon. TB also runs I Heart Lesfic (, a place for authors and fans of lesfic to come together to celebrate lesbian fiction.
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23 Responses to Travel Photo of the Day (August 15)

  1. I would be pretty nervous about the lions too, but it would be very exciting to know that they could appear any moment (as long as you were in the jeep).

  2. scrapydo says:

    Beware of the lions! Seems those guides trust their instinct so well that they climb out with lions around them?!

  3. fgassette says:

    Ha Ha! I was thinking the same thing.


  4. I wish I had some instincts!

  5. I would have to say that one of the top things to make or break a trip is the knowledge and skills of your guide. When I went on that school trip with my oldest son to England and The Netherlands, we had an incredible guide. There wasn’t a question he could not answer, and he was organized and efficient! When we talked with some of the other schools, we realized that we had truly lucked out because some of the guides were not so good. It sounds like you had a great guide too :).

    • TBM says:

      During my travels I’ve had many guides who have been fabulous. Occasionally I find a stinker, but I try to overlook that. Once though, we had a guide in Philly that was so horrible that we still laugh about her today. She said the most idiot things. She said something like, “This China town is a third of a fourth of a sixth of the largest in the States.” I’m sorry, can you run that by me again. Does not compute.

  6. pattisj says:

    I can’t say as I blame you!

  7. Myra GB says:

    Rough road, it seems. 🙂

  8. Fergiemoto says:

    Yes, I would be nervous about the lions. Your guide is very skilled. It must take years of experience to be able to determine the age of tracks like that.

    • TBM says:

      From what I hear they study for a few years and have to take tests. They have to learn so much and they need to have patience. That would be the hard part for me, but what a job!

  9. zelmare says:

    These guys are absolutely amazing. Wish I knew a fraction of what they do.

  10. vinnieh says:

    Great post, I would love to go on a safari at sometime in my life.

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