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My new career: Nature photographer. I'm gonna get a huge camera and a gyroscopic deelybopper to keep things in focus when I'm choppering over the savannah and whatnot. Some ropes for the technical climbs. First I'll shop for the clothes (boots, cargo shorts, cargo shirts, cargo hats), then I'll get the auxillary gear, and then the cameras, and then I'll enroll in a class to learn how to take pictures.

Recently I did that story on reptiles and I figure you'd like to see some of my pics. The indoor shots didn't quite work out because of the bad lighting.


This is RobRoy MacInnes, petting an iguana. This fella is a fine specimen of a lizard and an iguanid more specifically and is no doubt the apple of his iguana-mama's eye.


RobRoy with a big python. It's important to judge the emotions of the snake in case the critter is in the mood to give you a squeeze. If the eyes are jittery that could mean the snake is about to strike. Also look for dilated pupils. Also it is wise to stay far away, perhaps in a different zip code. I wouldn't even advise going to Florida, period.


Now that's a doozy of a python. A 20-footer. A breeder. It can swallow an entire cow.


An albino cobra. For animal lovers who find a hamster insufficiently interesting.


A Cuban crocodile. Kind of like an alligator, only Communist.


Scorpions are another fun pet. RobRoy has all kinds of creatures with names like the Bird Eating Tarantula.


I'd like to see the big green reptile go mano-a-mano with one of the pythons.

By Joel Achenbach  |  April 22, 2008; 1:05 PM ET
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