A little of this and that

During our stay in Danum Valley we went on two nighttime activities. The first was a game drive. The second was a walk and all of us carried flashlights and did our best to avoid leeches. I just don’t like the buggers.


Unfortunately, both of the activities were a little bit of a bust. We saw some creatures, but not the big-ticket ones like the clouded leopard. But it wasn’t a complete bust. And I managed not to stumble upon any leeches.

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 (lesbianswhowrite.com) with Clare Lydon. TB also runs I Heart Lesfic (iheartlesfic.com), a place for authors and fans of lesfic to come together to celebrate lesbian fiction.
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33 Responses to A little of this and that

  1. Beth Ann says:

    Very cool pictures! Glad you avoided the leaches. ugh..

  2. Leeches….urgh. Love frogs, though, even if they are a bit clammy and wet 😉

  3. No leeches = success in my book.

  4. adinparadise says:

    Great night photos, TBM. Leeches……YUCK! Glad you managed to avoid them. I’m afraid I wouldn’t have taken a chance. 🙂

    • TBM says:

      They were everywhere in Danum Valley. One of our friends got one on her during lunch. I’m shocked that I didn’t get one at all.

  5. aFrankAngle says:

    Is the leach doing a somersault?

    • TBM says:

      It’s attracted to body heat and it is moving closer to me to attach. If you run you hand over them they move try to get you.

  6. What animal is that – from my very non expert point of view it looks like a donkey crossed with a cow…enlighten me!

  7. bulldog says:

    If a leach manages to get hooked into you how do you get it off.?? Loved the frogs…

    • TBM says:

      Pull it off. the guides said it was a myth that the teeth stayed attached if you pulled it off instead of burning it off. Luckily I didn’t have to find out if that was true.

  8. fgassette says:

    Love your photos, but I’m chicken, I would have been afraid of the leeches.


  9. Meghna N says:

    Amazing photographs, TBM!
    The photo of the leech even though they are, well, gross, is beautiful!

  10. Letizia says:

    That’s a cute deer (we only have reddish ones where I live). And frogs are always cute. Leeches… less so, I agree!

  11. IsobelandCat says:

    Thanks for the tip. I am no fan of leeches either. I shall cross this valley off the list…

    • TBM says:

      They are everywhere and I was told that I would be bitten. Dumb luck saved me I think. And the Better Half, who kept brushing them off my shoes and trousers for me.

  12. pattisj says:

    Ick! Leeches are creepy.

  13. lynnsbooks says:

    OMG leeches. Okay, I’m staying at home then! I feel itchy and twitchy all over now not to mention eugh!
    Lynn 😀

  14. Vishy says:

    Beautiful pictures, TBM! I am just reading a Nic Bishop book on frogs and they are so fascinating! It was nice to see them in your photos.

  15. Novroz says:

    I hate leeches too. Love all the photographs 🙂

  16. Fergiemoto says:

    Yikes…leaches!! The thought of them makes my skin crawl!

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