Elephants, Sabi Stars and Aloes go well together in the garden at Chilo Gorge Safari Lodge…..

Over the last weeks our young bulls have been munching trees nightly around the rooms, looking down their long trunks at me in disdain as I try to shoo them away…

naughty bull....

naughty bull….

……..and for the last few nights at Chilo, two of them have raided the gardens right outside the main reception area. These gentle but naughty bull giants are youngsters, part of a group of seven who regard the lodge as safe haven and yummy food take away…..Luckily they don’t partake of the gorgeous Sabi Stars at the entrance to the lodge!

Chilo Gorge Safari Lodge Entrance

Chilo Gorge Safari Lodge Entrance

their latest pruning effort involved stomping all over my bird watching garden, to get at the delicious Albizia trees above…and in the process they “sat”on my special birdwatching bench (constructed to an Aldo Leopold template), tilting it madly and leaving calling card droppings as free manure….Aldo would have been impressed……

Elephants prune the bird garden....

Elephants prune the bird garden….

Luckily the Sabi Stars in the gardens seem unpalatable to these naughty boys….

pink and cobalt

pink and cobalt

Sabi Stars and cobalt sky...

Sabi Stars and cobalt sky…

Surviving to set fly-away seeds for next season

Sabi Star seeds

Sabi Star seeds

Our elephant control now consists of a string tied with streamers of plastic, which gets stretched around the gardens nightly. This will work for a while, but if you were an elephant would a string stop you from getting to your favourite snack?! I don’t think so…..

elephant control!

elephant control!

Kiana Milner, Anton’s niece, all of four years old, and set to be one of the three little flower girls for Kelli Barker and Anton Milner’s wedding at Chilo in November, has this advice for me:

.”put your plants in a vase and put them in the house, so the elephants can’t get them!”

As Anton’s Mum, Kiana’s Grann,y Jackie says, “out of the mouth of a babe….”

Jackie and Kiana

Jackie and Kiana

For my previous blog on the engagement of Kelli and Anton, please visit https://wildlifeandwilddogs.wordpress.com/2015/02/24/flowers-fit-for-a-wedding-indeed-an-announcement-has-been-made/

Meanwhile the front gardens of the lodge are ablaze with pink and orange, my favourite colour combo at this time of year…

looking down the Save River from Chilo Gorge Lodge

looking down the Save River from Chilo Gorge Lodge

I must put paint to canvas…

colour, colour galore

colour, colour galore

here is one of the paintings I will display for the Art Escape…

Aloe arborescens, acrylic on stretched canvas, 100 x 130 cm

Aloe arborescens, acrylic on stretched canvas, 100 x 130 cm

my  “Colourburst” exhibition that I am doing at Inn on the Vumba with friend Gordon Addams soon….!

Art Escape at Inn on the Vumba....exciting!

Art Escape at Inn on the Vumba….exciting!

I am keen to catch these colours…..

Aloe chabaudii

Aloe chabaudii

We will host guests at a full weekend of Art, Vumba landscapes and flowers, and good wines, including yummy Painted Wolf Wines of course….

Gordon enjoys a glass of wine....

Gordon enjoys a glass of wine….

So, the views at Chilo are a real inspiration, and it is apt that I am painting here since the Chilo Gorge Safari Lodge is part of Best of Zimbabwe group, mentored by Gordon…

(If only the elephants don’t get to the plants before I paint them….)

chabaudii colours

chabaudii colours

stunning Sabi Stars are impossible pinks against the lovely Chilo lodge architecture…

Adenium multiflorum

Adenium multiflorum

My partner Clive Stockil muses on the meaning of life in the aloe garden….

Clive bird-watching in the aloe garden...

Clive bird-watching in the aloe garden…

(actually, while surrounded by at least six stunning Scarlet chested male sunbirds and their dowdy wives in the aloes, Clive has just watched a fish eagle soar over us, to drop into the Save River and haul out a pan sized bream!)

Hungwe, the Fish Eagle..

Hungwe, the Fish Eagle..

Birds galore at Chilo Gorge…

scarlet chested sunbird

scarlet chested sunbird

visit the Chilo Gorge facebook page for more lovely bird photos…

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The local community take action again to help save painted dog’s – linbarrie@gmail.com – Gmail

The local community take action again to help save painted dog’s – linbarrie@gmail.com – Gmail.

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Of Elephants, Wild Dogs and Full Moons, Good friends, Venus and Jupiter…..

A full moon rising tonight…and the close,  very close, proximity of Venus and Jupiter will be spectacular… hanging over the deck at Chilo Gorge Safari Lodge, where Clive and I are at the moment. We have just come from Senuko where the Nyarushanga Pack have denned and I have been delighted with being able to be close to my favourite African wild dogs again, and to share them with good friends Alastair Pole and Neil Birnie, our granddaughters and staff… special sightings indeed…here are some of Al’s photos:

Mase- white as milk

Mase- white as milk

Look at this gorgeous photo of “Mase” , a  young male dog whom I have named so because he is as white as milk….

Mase poses...

Mase poses…

Such a beautiful boy…..

Mase- portrait

Mase- portrait

Pups are apparent at the den- we can hear them but not see them, carefully shielded from view by the clever Alpha female…they are still only a few weeks old… With the full moon growing, I have noticed again this year that the dogs hunt very late from their den, with a waxing fullish moon, relying on the bright moonlight to enable to hunt far and fast in the cool of the night…

thinking wild dogs….soon we will host a Wine and Wild Dog weekend at Chilo Gorge Safari Lodge- with African Wildlife Consrvation Fund and Jeremy Borg of Painted Wolf Wines…see my blog at:

https://wildlifeandwilddogs.wordpress.com/2015/04/27/wine-and-wild-dog-weekend-great-tastes-and-conservation-at-chilo-gorge-safari-lodge/

Wonder what the Wild Dog packs in the Save Valley Conservancy and Gonarezhou  will think of gorgeous Jupiter and Venus?!….will they and the elephants notice the changing configurations of stellar bodies? The answers might surprise us… This imaginary artwork shows the close-up beauty of both Jupiter and Venus, two bright naked-eye planets that will be visible close together in the skies this week. 01venusjupiter.adapt.1190.1 Last night under that spectacular sky, a naughty bull elephant trampled the garden bed round room 10 last night- and I woke up to hear him chewing! Went to the balcony and growled at him, then he walked to my door, still chewing – so I went to the door and saw the Sabi Star he had just bumped over- grrrrr….I told him how bad he was, beautiful tusks gleaming silver above me in the nearly-full moonlight, and he just lifted his trunk gently in the air to smell me, then walked casually and delicately down the narrow path to the garden tap where he sipped from the drips- before melting away! Gorgeous……Chilo Gorge Lodge truly is Elephant Paradise…

Elephant in the moonlight....

Elephant in the moonlight….

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Seattle, Kelli’s port for the next few months; Home of Jimi Hendrix and High Tech!

Seattle, on Puget Sound in the Pacific Northwest, is surrounded by water, mountains and evergreen forests, and encompasses thousands of acres of parkland (hence its nickname, “Emerald City”). It’s home to a thriving tech industry, with Microsoft and Amazon.com headquartered in its metropolitan area. The futuristic Space Needle, a legacy of the 1962 World’s Fair, is its most recognizable landmark. The Space Needle is an observation tower in Seattle, Washington, a landmark of the Pacific Northwest, and an icon of Seattle.
The Seattle area was previously inhabited by Native Americans for at least 4,000 years before the first permanent European settlers.[
Logging was Seattle’s first major industry, but by the late 19th century the city had become a commercial and shipbuilding center as a gateway to Alaska during the Klondike Gold Rush. By 1910, Seattle was one of the 25 largest cities in the country. However, the Great Depression severely damaged the city’s economy. Growth returned during and after World War II, due partially to the local Boeing company, which established Seattle as a center for aircraft manufacturing. Amazon.com, Microsoft, and T-Mobile US based in the area. The stream of new software, biotechnology, and Internet companies led to an economic boom. Since then, Seattle has become a hub for green industry and a model for sustainable development.[citation needed]

Seattle has a noteworthy musical history. From 1918 to 1951, there were nearly two dozen jazz nightclubs along Jackson Street, from the current Chinatown/International District, to the Central District. The jazz scene developed the early careers of Ray Charles, Quincy Jones, Ernestine Anderson and others. Seattle is also the birthplace of rock musician Jimi Hendrix. One of Hendrix’s mentors, BB King, has recently died- the passing of an icon-
In B.B. King, aspiring rockers discovered a profound emotional expression lacking in the era’s other great influence, Chuck Berry. With his admirable work ethic, snappy clothes and positive disposition, King modulated the blues’ roughest rural elements into an optimistic urbanity. He was both a fabulous entertainer and a real human being, self-effacing with a refreshing sense of humor. (Championed early on by Paul Butterfield and Eric Clapton, King found the audience he deserved following the release of Live at the Regal in 1964. He modeled the blues as a viable way to earn a living onstage).

A voracious musical sponge, Jimi Hendrix absorbed B.B. King’s urban blues alongside a panoply of more aggressive stylists. Hendrix covered “Every Day I Have the Blues” as a member of the Rocking Kings early in his career, and was known to turn up the bass on his amplifier to emulate King, whom he would interrogate for tips during run-ins on the package-tour circuit. Little Richard, with whom Hendrix played for several months, even criticized Hendrix for sounding too much like King. Leading his own trio, Hendrix would mimic B.B.’s sound by way of introducing King’s “Rock Me Baby,” and then took the Experience in another wild direction entirely. Yet “Hey Joe,” the trio’s hit single from Are You Experienced, is unimaginable without King’s single-string inspiration, and Hendrix’s unison guitar-vocal work in “Voodoo Chile” is straight out of King’s playbook

B.B. King, Eric Clapton wrote in his autobiography, is “without a doubt the most important artist the blues has ever produced.” The man who brought electric blues to the masses absorbed King’s vocabulary during stints in the Yardbirds and John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers (Mayall hired him specifically for the resemblance). As a member of Cream, Clapton left the lion’s share of writing to Jack Bruce and instead brought a handful of tasty blues covers to the trio. Clapton sped up King’s licks and gave them a loud, fluid psychedelic twist on his stack of Marshall amps. His more soulful sound in Blind Faith honed closer to that of King, with whom he’d jammed memorably at New York’s Cafe au Go Go in 1967. The two bluesmen finally collaborated on Riding With the King in 2000.

Pre-teenaged Carlos Santana fell under the influence of B.B. King as soon as he heard him on the radio in Tijuana. “I thought, ‘Man, that’s the stuff — this is the sort of music I want to do when I grow up,'” he recalled.

B.B. King was part of the package at the first rock show that Florida teenagers Duane and Gregg Allman ever attended. “Little brother,” said Duane to Gregg, “we’ve got to get into this.” Recording as the Hour Glass at Muscle Shoals’ FAME Studio in 1969, Gregg and Duane combined “Sweet Little Angel,” “It’s My Own Fault” and “How Blue Can You Get” from King’s 1964 Live at the Regal into the “B.B. King Medley,” with Duane unabashedly appropriating King’s bends and sustains. Equally significant was Regal’s influence on the Allman Brothers Band’s expansive double-set shows. Live at the Regal, Gregg Allman says in One Way Out, “is like one big long song, a giant medley. [King] never stopped. He just slammed it.” Records like Regal, Allman continued, “are what got me into doing everything so meticulously — paying attention to arrangements, the order of the songs.”

Food:
salmon to be one of the most interesting species of fish in the world. Salmon will travel up to 2,400 miles from the ocean without eating to the exact tributary where they were born. Along the way, they face waterfalls, beaver dams, bears, eagles and humans. Of the 10 percent that achieve the opportunity to spawn, their glory is rather short, as they all die soon afterwards. Talk about determination! Salmon rely on their strong sense of smell to help guide them to the tributary where they were born. They also use ocean currents, tides, and the gravitational pull of the moon while in the ocean.

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Tusk Trust and Prince William; real rhinos, knitted rhinos, wooden rhinos….!

Tusk Trust and Prince William are a force to be reckoned with….!

A toast to Tusk Trust- 25 years of Conservation efforts

A toast to Tusk Trust- 25 years of Conservation efforts

25 years of tireless efforts on behalf of endangered African wildlife such as rhinos, elephants and wild dogs culminated in a glittering dinner event hosted by Prince William and Tusk at Windsor Castle recently.

Windsor Castle

Windsor Castle

After his acceptance of the 2013 Prince William Award for a Lifetime of Conservation in Africa, Clive Stockil and I were invited to attend this heartwarming event.
In preparation for the trip, Julie Hagan, founder of  Gogo Olive, kindly sent me three elephants – mum and baby, plus dad, all hand-knitted by the ladies of the Gogo Olive team in Mutare.

gogos

gogos

This little family travelled with me from Chilo Gorge Lodge into Gonarezhou National Park, through the junction of the Save and Runde Rivers…..

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taking in the spectacle of the magnificent Chilojo Cliffs, from below,

GOGOs at Chilojo Cliffs....

GOGOs at Chilojo Cliffs….

and from above!!!….

The high view....

The high view….

and on to London, where they were given as a gift to the newly born Princess Charlotte.

Prince George and Baby Charlotte, Taken by Princess Kate

Prince George and Baby Charlotte, Taken by Princess Kate

A complimentary trio to the Gogo Olive rhino family that we gave to Prince George in 2013…..

gogos, packaged for a Princess.

gogos, packaged for a Princess.

Artemis, ably represented by Dick Turpin, hosted a special cocktail party the night before the main dinner, and it was wonderful to be able to network with friends, new and old, from the Conservation and corporate world.

Our gift to Tusk Trust and Charlie Mayhew on the occasion of their 25th Anniversary, was a carved wooden rhino by master craftsman Lambert, from Senuko, in the Save Valley Conservancy.

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The night of the dinner we were picked up and taken to the Castle along with Tom Lalampaa from Northern Rangelands Trust in Kenya. Wonderful to see old friends again.

Tom Lalampaa and Prince William at Windsor Castle, with Charlie Mayhew in the background…

Tom Lalampaa and Prince William at Windsor Castle

Tom Lalampaa and Prince William at Windsor Castle

 

Jeremy and Emma Borg of Painted Wolf Wines in front of Windsor Castle….

Jeremy and Emma Borg at Windsor Castle

Jeremy and Emma Borg at Windsor Castle

Peter And Catherine Blinston of Painted Dog Conservation joined us….

kat and pete at windsor

kat and pete at windsor

 

I wore a green dress embellished by beading from our Mahenye Ladies beading Project, and the beads were much noticed…well done ladies….

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The evening was a feast of stimulating conversation, elegant canapés, (delicious food exquisitely constructed from tasty and simple produce, I noticed), superb Champagne and great wine….

Walking into that awesome and venerable castle was an amazing experience, layer upon layer of history and fascinating decor, what a building!

Catherine and Peter Blinston looked the part in those fantastic surroundings…Catherine wearing a creation by Joyce Chimanye, of Zuva….proudly Zimbabwean!

the gorgeous Zuva Dress

the gorgeous Zuva Dress

Heartfelt Speeches inspired the listeners to deeper understanding of issues-and challenges for protecting wildlife and empowering communities in Africa.

The evening spent at Windsor Castle was superb, heartwarming and forever memorable –
Saint George’s Hall:

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Hawaai to Alaska- Sand to Forest: Totem Poles and 4 x 4 Adventure in Bear Territory!

All change….for Fiancees, Kelli and Anton…who sail different oceans…

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Anton has tranferred from his original ship, which he dearly loved … Independence of the Seas….

Anton and Independance of the Seas

Anton and Independence of the Seas

to The Norwegian Getaway ship, based out of exciting Miami, still cruising the exquisite beaches of the Caribbean….what a pretty ship!

The Norwegian Getaway what a Cruise Ship....!

The Norwegian Getaway what a Cruise Ship….!

Anton is working HARD, and, just occasionall,y getting well earned leisure time!

Time off.....

Time off…..

He is making his mark out there in paradise….

Personal Trainer Anton Milner

Personal Trainer Anton Milner

Kelli has headed from Hawaii to Alaska-14 days Alaska (18/05/15-01/06/15)

Kelli in Alaska

Kelli in Alaska

From the beaches of Tahiti and Hawai’i to this icy wonderland….!

Kelli's sunset

Kelli’s sunset

Her new itinerary goes between Seattle, Ketchikan, Tracy Arm Fjord, Juneau, Icy Strait Point, Anchorage, Homer, Kodiak, Hubbard Glacier, Sitka, Victoria B.C., and back to Seattle.

Kelli’s new hairstyle, very chic….I love it….

kelli

Seattle is the base from which she now sails, would love to see that city….and she says it is very beautiful, even if it is raining all the time!

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Ketchikan is the southeasternmost city in Alaska.

ketchikan panorama

ketchikan and cruise ship

ketchikan and cruise ship

The Totem Heritage Center is a museum operated by the City of Ketchikan, and houses one of the world’s largest collections of unrestored 19th century totem poles.

heritage centre

heritage centre

In addition to functioning as a museum, the Totem Heritage Center also preserves and promotes the traditional arts and crafts of the Tlingit, Haida, and Tsimshian cultures through a nationally-recognized program of Native Arts classes and other activities.

ketchikan totem detail

ketchikan totem detail

Totem poles are traditionally carved from cedar trees, and because of decay, not many examples remain from before the 1900s. However, records show that native tribes from Alaska were crafting a variation of these poles, somewhat smaller and simpler, before Europeans had set foot on their land. At first, European explorers believed that totem poles were pagan symbols or objects of worship. This theory was spread so widely that many still hold it to be true. However, while totem poles do have ceremonial value, they never carried any religious weight.

totem poles

totem poles

Different types of totem poles are created for different reasons, but there are five main ones:

Shame poles, or ridicule poles, were erected to humiliate and disgrace a person that broke their word, did not pay an owed debt, or otherwise behaved dishonorably. These poles were placed in very public places, so that many people could see them. If the person changed their ways, or made amends, the poles were not only taken down, they were also destroyed.

Mortuary poles are carved when a person of high caste died. These poles had a hole in the back which fit a box in which the ashes of the deceased were placed.

Memorial poles were made in order to honor dead clan members. The poles were reserved for important members, such as leaders. Memorial poles were integral in society, for the next leader of the clan could not take charge until he had commissioned and erected a pole in the former leader’s honor.

House posts or pillars were carved with symbols of family histories. Some posts and pillars were architectural and provided support to the main beams of the house, while others simply rested against the supporting pillars of the house. Pillars were easier to move, and were used more than posts in Tlingit clans.

Heraldic or crest poles rested in front of a house and displayed the clan crest. Some poles that date back earlier include the portal pole, which acted as a ceremonial entry to the house. Crests on portal poles indicated the clan’s geographic origin, genealogy or events in family history.

Totem poles also depict traditional narratives, often telling creation or origin myths. For example, there are many totems poles depicting the story of how Raven stole the sun. This is a story told in many tribes, and even though the details change from place to place, most totem poles depict the same characters.

Raven Steals The Sun, Stars And Moon
In the beginning there was no moon or stars at night. Raven was the most powerful being. He made all of the animals, fish, trees, and men. He had made all living creatures. But they were all living in darkness because he had not made the sun either.

One day. Raven learned that there was a chief living on the banks of the Nass River who had a very wonderful daughter who possessed the sun, the moon, and the stars in carved cedar boxes. The chief guarded her and the treasure well.

Raven knew that he must trick the villagers to steal their treasure, so he decided to turn himself into a grandchild of the great chief. Raven flew up on a tall tree over their house and turned himself into a hemlock needle. Then, as the needle, he fell into the daughter’s drinking cup and when she filled it with water, she drank the needle. Inside the chief’s daughter, Raven became a baby and the young woman bore a son who was dearly loved by the chief and was given whatever he asked for.

The stars and moon were each in a beautifully carved cedar box which sat on the wood floor of the house. The grandchild, who was actually Raven, wanted to play with them and wouldn’t stop crying until the grandfather gave them to him. As soon as he had them Raven threw them up through the smokehole. Instantly, they scattered across the sky. Although the grandfather was unhappy, he loved his grandson too much to punish him for what he had done.

Now that he had tossed the stars and moon out of the smokehole, the little grandson began crying for the box containing the sunlight. He cried and cried and would not stop. He was actually making himself sick because he was crying so much. Finally, the grandfather gave him the box.

Raven played with the box for a long time. Suddenly, he turned himself back into a bird and flew up through the smokehole with the box.

Once he was far away from the village on the Nass River he heard people speaking in the darkness and approached them.

“Who are you and would you like to have light?” he asked them. They said that he was a liar and that no one could give light. To show them that he was telling the truth, Raven opened the ornately carved box and let sunlight into the world. The people were so frightened by it that they fled to every corner of the world. This is why there is Raven’s people everywhere.
Fabulous. Artwork by Elspeth MaClean:

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A Celebration of Painted Wolves 2015; bicycles, art and fine wines in the U.K…..

A Celebration of Painted Wolves 2015

for some background, visit:

https://www.facebook.com/pages/A-Celebration-of-Painted-Wolves/204094596348428

Golden Dog Days by Lin Barrie:

Golden Dog Days

Golden Dog Days

http://www.paintedwolfwines.com/a-celebration-of-painted-wolves/

I am thrilled, some of my artwork is travelling around the U.K with Jeremy Borg on his trusty bicycle ..

Dog in the Mud, acrylic on canvas paper A3  (29,5 cm x 42 cm)

Dog in the Mud, acrylic on canvas paper A3 (29,5 cm x 42 cm)

raising awareness and funds for African Wild Dogs…

Dozing Dog acrylic on canvas paper A3  (29,5 cm x 42 cm)

Dozing Dog acrylic on canvas paper A3 (29,5 cm x 42 cm)

and promoting the excellent Painted Wolf Wines along the way…

Lycaon pictus acrylic on canvas board (A3 42 x 29,5 cm)

Lycaon pictus acrylic on canvas board (A3 42 x 29,5 cm)

Pink Decisions acrylic on canvas paper A3 (29,5 cm x 42 cm)

Pink Decisions acrylic on canvas paper A3  (29,5 cm x 42 cm)

Pink Decisions acrylic on canvas paper A3 (29,5 cm x 42 cm)

in association with North South Wines and Tusk Trust.

A5 flyers CPW

one of my personal favourites:

Red Wine Dog, acrylic on canvas paper A3 (29,5 cm x 42 cm)

Red Wine Dog, acrylic on canvas paper A3  (29,5 cm x 42 cm)

Red Wine Dog, acrylic on canvas paper A3 (29,5 cm x 42 cm)

Along with Jeremy and Emma Borg, of PWW, and Peter and Catherine Blinston of PDC, Clive Stockil and I have just been in London to attend the Tusk 25th Anniversary Dinner at Windsor Castle…(such a humbling and uplifting experience to share that special space with so many like minded conservationists, scientists and glitterati!)

Jeremy and Emma Borg at Windsor Castle

Jeremy and Emma Borg at Windsor Castle

more on that Fantastic event in my next blog:

Tusk Trust and Prince William; real rhinos, knitted rhinos, wooden rhinos….!

Meanwhile this is to show you some lovely photos from the Wine Society Tasting and Dinner that Jeremy and Emma held, in conjunction with North South Wines, and to which Clive and I were kindly invited…

Golden Dogs Days on display in the huge wine society warehouse...

Golden Dogs Days on display in the huge wine society warehouse…

Emma, Clive, Lin and Jeremy in front of Kim Wolhuters dramatic photograph…

Emma, Clive, Lin and Jeremy

Emma, Clive, Lin and Jeremy

Jeremy’s delicious menu for the evening…

Yum!

Yum!

Lin and art...

Lin and art…

Ron VanDer A from the Netherlands branch of PDC was flying the flag for Wild Dogs, and entertaining us all as usual!

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Snare wire art decor on the tables was supplied by Painted Dog Conservation…

Snare wire elephant from PDC

Snare wire elephant from PDC

more details of the art action are at this link…http://www.paintedwolfwines.com/a-celebration-of-painted-wolves/art-auction/

art catalogue

and here is a page from the catalogue….hope a corporate wants to fill their space with this huge painting of mine!

I am honored to be included, with many other fabulous artists,

so many great artists....

so many great artists….

including some such as Photographer Kim Wolhuter….

Kim Wolhuter- 'Stalker'

Kim Wolhuter- ‘Stalker’

next time I see Jeremy will be at the Chilo Gorge Safari Lodge ‘Wine and Wild dog Weekend” in Zimbabwe, Gonarezhou,  in July…most exciting!

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