Valentine’s day preparations…Cute kissing slugs, bugs and orange Crossandra Flowers

Tomorrow is Valentine’s Day…

Today, Friday 13th…Kelli, the cruise ship traveller, gets to San Diego on her ship today, off to Hawaii tomorrow…hard work but wonderful travel experience…

A beautiful day dawns for me, at Chilo

early morning at Chilo

early morning at Chilo

An amazing grasshopper on the deck, who has a solid, rhino-look about him, walks very s-l-o-w-l-y like a chameleon,  then shocks me by leaping into my coffee cup when I try to move him!

Swiftly rescued from the semi-hot coffee, I pour cool water over him, and he seems non the worse for his Starbucks experience….

rhino chameleon grasshopper

rhino chameleon grasshopper

Some of my nocturnal photographs reflect fascinating night life…

Here is a mummy spider carefully carrying her babies, even while she eats a flying ant snack……

Spider mummy eating a flying ant

Spider mummy eating a flying ant

A diminutive, astonished-looking snail…..

tiny snail and deserted egg case. or  cocoon...

tiny snail and deserted egg case. or cocoon…

And cute little kissing slugs, getting in the mood for Valentine’s Weekend at Chilo Gorge Safari Lodge……

kissing slugs

kissing slugs

I collect a gorgeous bunch of our indigenous  (and Edible!) Crossandra flowers which are going to decorate the lodge for Valentines Weekend..follow the Edible link to see more about the Crossandra flowers at Chilo Gorge…I have survived eating them for more than a week, so now we know we can safely serve them as food decor!

Crossandra flowers

Crossandra flowers

they go into the ladies restroom……….for a start………..

chilo ladies restroom

chilo ladies restroom

 

the end of the day brings a glorious rainbow, a Valentine’s promise….!

rainbow

rainbow

 

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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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