Lions and Jack Russells, Barn owls and Red winged starlings….

Lions have been calling near and far all night, as they have been ever since we returned to our bush house two days ago. Day before yesterday they shouted all day as well as all night…must have killed something.
One particularly loud roar reverberated through our bedroom at 3 am this morning, waking me from fitful sleep. What a surreal way to wake up, an almost fatalistic acceptance of the presence of a lion so close, all our windows and even the outside door open for maximum airflow…
Mr. Cat could stroll in so easily, but we are counting on the fact that he probably will not! I drift in and out of sleep, loving the nearness of the wild. It adds an edge to my dreams.
The Jack Russell’s curl tighter together at the end of our bed, silent and polite in the presence of a force so much greater than they!
Unlike their reaction to the screech of the barn owl which patrols the open-ended roof space of our main living area at night, when they leap off the bed, yelling blue murder and streak out of the door in hot pursuit of the interloper, desperately wishing for wings themselves…….
The red wing starlings have again occupied the nest in our bedroom beams, and have tweeting chicks. Probably why the barn owl angrily patrols the living room, hearing the sounds of the nest but unable to access it!
Early morning coffee is on our bedroom verandah, watching the sudden appearance of a graceful ground hornbill landing in the tree opposite us, to continue his sonorous booming call, before launching himself off and away in front of our delighted gaze. An abstract poem of black, white and red flight. Such inspiration for a painting!

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Lin Barrie The Save Valley Conservancy stretches along the upper reaches of the great Save River in the south east of Zimbabwe. The Gonarezhou National Park laps against the southern banks of the Save River and between these two nestles the Malilangwe Wildlife Reserve. These three celebrated wildlife areas form part of the Greater Limpopo Transfrontier Conservation Area, (GLTFCA)- a unique wilderness jewel which is home to the “Big Five” (endangered Black and White rhinos, elephants, buffalo, lion, leopard) and the ”Little Six” (Klipspringer, Suni, Duiker, Steenbok, Sharpe's Grysbok and Oribi). Endangered African wild dogs, Cheetah, Brown hyena, Bat-eared foxes and a host of special birds and plants contribute to the immense variety of this ecosystem. Communities around the GLTFCA contribute to innovative partnerships with National Parks and the private sector, forming a sound base on which to manage social, economic and environmental issues. This is home to artist and writer Lin Barrie and her life partner, conservationist Clive Stockil. Expressing her hopes, fears and love for this special ecosystem with oil paints on canvas, Lin Barrie believes that the essence of a landscape, person or animal, can only truly be captured by direct observation. Lin Barrie states: “Through my art, and my writing, I feel an intimate connection with the natural world, and from my extensive field sketches of wild animals, people and landscapes, I create larger works on canvas. Lin's work is in various public and private collections in South Africa, Kenya, Zimbabwe, Australia, England, Canada, Sweden and the United States of America. She is represented by galleries in South Africa, Zimbabwe, England, Kenya and Florida, USA.
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