Going Wild in Mana Pools!

Going Wild in Mana Pools!

zambezi river sunset from Mucheni 2

zambezi river sunset from Mucheni 2

My mind drifts Mana Pools…where we recently shared a Safari with various dear friends, including  Gwen Wawn, and travellers extradordinaire Brian and Dee Keating, of Going Wild, Canada.

Brian Keating and gentle Bull

Brian Keating and gentle Bull

All around our Mucheni 2 camp, gentle elephants wandered and browsed the albida pods, a staple diet at this dry time of the year, parched earth holding its breath before the first rains…

feeding elephant

feeding elephant

 

the hippos too were desperate for sustenance, no green grass to be found for miles, and this resident ‘hippo-podamus’ frequented our camp daily…

hippo-podamus

hippo-podamus

 

the sweet scent of minute trichelia flowers filled the air at Mucheni 2…dropping delicately  into our laps from the evergreen shade of the stately tree above us……

trichelia treat

trichelia treat

 

What a treat for our eyes…’carmine candy’ filled our vision just upriver from the camp, a constant visual delight…and inspiration for me to create some Lin Barrie artworks on handmade paper…

carmine candy

carmine candy

 

African wild dogs lay in our laps…(well, nearly!)…bloated  after a successful morning hunt which saw them bloody necked and contented.

Brian and Dee Keating spent many happy hours watching, photographing, day-dreaming with the dogs!

The best thing when watching resting wild dogs…

The best thing when watching resting wild dogs...

The best thing when watching resting wild dogs…

is to lie back and relax with them….

is to lie back and relax with them....

is to lie back and relax with them….

but to be ready for action when they stand up….

Mana dogs

Mana dogs

and head out….!

mana dog moving fast

mana dog moving fast

 

Elephants were the order of the day, filling our eyes and minds with numerous looming images, sometime humourous, always fascinating…

Here is a baby rushing after Mum…..

baby at full speed

baby at full speed

 

Catching up…..

baby catches up

baby catches up

 

and happily finding the milk bar!

baby gets a drink

baby gets a drink

 

gorgeous jewel coloured kigelia flowers littered the earth like persian carpets…inspiration for an abstract  painting, I think!

kigelia fruit and flowers

kigelia fruit and flowers

 

As was  the dry gold and red Mopani woodland…a visual delight for my artist’s eye…

mopani leaves and trunks

mopani leaves and trunks

 

baobabs everywhere , of various form and great character…

mana-bab

mana-bab

 

sad to leave, yet the road out provided baobab vistas aplenty……

the road out of Mana

the road out of Mana

and gorgeous combretum flowers and pods against a cobalt sky….

combretum beauty

combretum beauty

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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About wineandwilddogs

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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