National Geographic : 1993 Apr
On Assignment Up to his eyeballs in croco diles? Photographer MARK DEEBLE hoped not. He had driven his Land Rover into a pool along Tanzania's Grumeti River to check for crocs before doing a locale shot. None stirred. But "the pool was deeper than we thought," ad mits Deeble, who made fast work of tying a tow rope to his sunken vehi cle while his wife and partner, VIC TORIA STONE, snapped a quick photo. The British duo, debuting in NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC this month, spent three months a year for five years crouching all day in riverbank blinds to film the Serengeti crocs. Familiarity bred sympathy and respect for the much maligned reptiles, which are "exceptionally caring parents," says Deeble. They are "superbly adapted" to a harsh environment, adds Stone. So are these adventurers, who scuba dive and fly small planes to chronicle everything from giant octopuses to Africa's spotted cats. A new thrill occurred in December with the birth of a son, Freddy, now in tow as his parents film Lake Tanganyika for the magazine, EXPLORER, and Survival Anglia. Contract photographer JOEL SARTORE got his own taste of the wild side-in the Louisiana and Florida wreckage of Hurricane Andrew. "It was like a war zone. People were tense, hot, not sleep ing. It was a very primal existence." Yet Sartore found a gentler humanity at a Florida relief camp, where this little girl rode piggyback while he took pictures. "She didn't say a word, just giggled once in a while. I loved it because I was able to give comfort. It was the most rewarding day of my assignment." Sartore shared the assignment with contract photographer Ray mond Gehman and free-lance pho tographer Cameron Davidson. NATIONALGEOGRAPHIC (ISSN 0027-9358) IS PUBLISHEDMONTHLY BYTHENATIONALGEOGRAPHIC SOCIETY,17THANDM STS. N.W ., WASHINGTON,D. C. 20036. $21.00 A YEAR,$2.65 A COPY. SECOND-CLASSPOSTAGEPAIDAT WASHINGTON,D. C., ANDELSEWHERE.POSTMASTER:SEND ADDRESSCHANGESTO NATIONALGEOGRAPHIC,P.O . BOX2174, WASHINGTON,D. C. 20013.