Bringing the Outside In; Greenery and landscape inspires me this month…

Bringing the outside in…my paintings currently are reflecting the landscapes around me, pulling the feeling of being outdoors inside…

and I am tickled that current decor trends embrace this greenery theme…Strelitzias being very prominent!

We have seen water water everywhere here in Zimbabwe this last rainy season….and I have been sketching glorious waterlilies in my world, such as these in a small pan in Gonarezhou National Park on my recent camping trip…

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and these, on the dams at Borrowdale Brooke Estate in Harare, where I have my art studio:

Water lilies , Acrylic on stretched canvas, 130 x 100 cm, by Lin Barrie


A rainy season above and beyond all expectations in Zimbabwe has brought moody skies and brilliant green landscapes to my canvases this year…and so I think I will focus on all this green for The Industry Girls Network Design Indaba soon to be held in Zimbabwe!

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Such as “Acacia”, acrylic on canvas, 3 x 4 feet, ….


Having just been to Decorex in Cape Town, and looking forward to showing my work at The Industry Girls Network Design Indaba , I am doubly inspired by the wonderful use of green, green, green!

Living up to the Decorex 2017 theme, ‘Make your space your living dream’, visitors to South Africa’s premier décor, design and lifestyle exhibition were immersed in natural fabrics, revitalising tones and quality products all centred around a vision of reclaiming a space of sanctuary, disconnected from the relentless noise and distraction of the modern world.

Bloom, curator of Decorex, said she and her creative team are taking on the ‘unplugged’ movement which seeks to create a nurturing space that encourages self-reflection, away from the digitised world that demands constant attention, draining energy and overwhelming the senses.


“There is a big move towards nature, drawing inspiration from it in the various textures and colours, as well as incorporating natural elements such as wood and plants into the home,” explained Bloom.

Real delicious monsters and strelitzias adorned the stands at Decorex, as table settings and as overhead arrangements…and gorgeous garden stands abounded…


Leather and plastic recycled lookalikes became awesome lamp fittings…

Geometric cutouts…


Organic cutouts….


These leather leaves were stunning in their simple impact, seen here behind the Painted Wolf Wine tasting Station at Decorex…


Something interesting…The Rose Gold and metallics Trend – used in home and décor accessories, as well as cutlery –  adds such a touch of understated glamour to any space…..

metallics are big this year…

The Decorex Designer Spotlight showcased the work of iconic Cape Town designer Dylan Thomaz

Dylan on the Expresso Show…

one of his gorgeous “outdoor rooms” from his Facebook page…

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Some lovely exhibits of art were on display at Decorex, and I know the Zimbabwean Design Indaba version will compare very favorably!!!!


A trend that I saw at Decorex, and love- the use of small spaces with plants. As we tend to focus on large pieces of furniture like sofas & tables, corners of our homes are often left a little neglected. Even in the hustle bustle of a kitchen, adding an array of fresh & different textured plants makes for impact.

This is something that The Safari Collection by Jane Taylor embraces so cleverly, using wonderful locally basketry:

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gorgeous baskets by The Safari Collection….


Literally go wild – the splash of green, whether actual plants or a fun cushion,  looks amazing in any room.

So fresh, you could eat these cushions…


All the senses were indulged at Decorex….Jeremy Borg of Painted Wolf Wines featured ….


Chef and Wine Maker extraordinaire,  here is Jeremy creating his mini Bunny Chows, featured at a food and wine pairing at Decorex…a visionary, with a burning passion to develop Painted Wolf Wines into an exceptional organisation, true to his mantra ‘Persistently remarkable, remarkably persistent’.

the message from Decorex…

Go Greenery….

Bring the outdoors in…..

Don’t be afraid to play with whimsy and colour!…..



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Burnt Earth and Wild dogs go together…..

My artistic collaboration with Burnt Earth ceramics at The Studio is wildly exciting, and involves Wild dogs!


Ceramics was aa deep interest for me at art college, and at last I get to combine it with my wild dog art….Yay!

I am happy to say that part proceeds from all the wild dog pottery sold will go towards the two admirable wild dog initiatives in Zimbabwe, African Wildlife Conservation Fund, and Painted Dog Conservation.

Watch this space for the final result….here are some teaser photos!


IMG_0434.jpgWe will have a pop-up exhibition of my paintings and ceramics at The Studio during the whole month of April.

Such as this platter, “Portrait 1”

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My painting, “The Hunters”, acrylic on loose canvas, 2 metres long!:


The Grand opening will be Friday 31st March, and Saturday morning 1st April, at The Studio, together with Burnt Earth ceramics, Painted Wolf Wines, and “The Rugged Kitchen” (Yum!)


Much of my work on show will be inspired by the deep red colours of Mopani leaves in winter, wild dogs’ eyes, and rust red ceramic tiles….here is a detail from my painting, “Portrait” , acrylic and oil bar on stretched canvas, see my art blog page for details of this and all current paintings…

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“Pep Rally”, acrylic and oil bar on stretched canvas, 130 x 100 cm:

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“Thinking Mopani Thoughts”, acrylic and oil bar on stretched canvas, 130 x 100 cm

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Pangolin awareness is gaining momentum…. Jewellery, Literature and Paintings..This is “How We Roll!”

Pangolins are on a roll in this blog…. endangered and trafficked  world-wide for food, magic and medicine, they NEED our help!


The work of Lisa Hywood of the Tikki Hywood Trust in Zimbabwe, is never ending….. conservation, education and legislation challenges abound….

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and is the inspiration for a concerted effort to conserve Zimbabwe’s Ground Pangolin (Manis temminckii), before it is too late..

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Visit my Lin Barrie Art pages to see my pangolin paintings, part proceeds to benefit Tikki Hywood Trust…

‘Art by Lin Barrie’:

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Rose Gold Pangolin,
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Patrick Mavros Junior has created stunning Pangolin pieces, high fashion art mixed with Conservation….



Part proceeds from all sales of Mavros pangolin jewellery contribute toward the Tikki Hywood Trust in Zimbabwe…!!!




I have always enjoyed painting pangolins, and am lucky to have seen them up close and personal, in a sheltered environment and also in a truly wild environment…I saw this gorgeous girl last year in a truly wild place….

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Pangolins provide endless graphic inspiration for me, and I have decided that the part proceeds from my pangolin paintings sold will also contribute towards Tikki Hywood Trust.

Two of my current art works are hanging for viewing and sale in the Mavros showroom in Harare, go and take a look ….

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Rolled Silver Pangolin by Lin Barrie

acrylic (with metallic silver), on stretched canvas
3 x 3 feet

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This is a detail from my larger painting Rolled Silver pangolin,

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Red Earth Pangolin in the Moonlight by Lin Barrie
acrylic (with metallic silver and rose gold) on stretched canvas
3 x 3 feet
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While you are wandering entranced around the beautiful Mavros showroom,  browse the exquisite silver and gold Mavros creations…

Talented father and sons create timeless pieces of silver art….

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…such as this pangolin ring…

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Silver rolled pangolins for your coffee table..

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a pangolin feast for the senses!



Sarah Savory has written two very entertaining and yet wonderfully educational books, (never easy to combine those two aspects, but she has cracked it!)

“What on Earth is That?!”

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and “That’s How We Roll”…

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Her children share her passion for animals, environment and books…here is Luke’s drawing of a pangolin, (note the ants!) done during the Pangolin Weekend held at Chilo Gorge Safari Lodge last year



Sarah read her books to the entranced children, and “Pangolin Protector” certificates were the hit of the day….

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She kindly  visited the local Mahenye Junior school for a reading…donating books to their little library…



Pangolin Day is coming soon…..


and another pangolin weekend is happening, date yet to be advised, but will be hosted by Sarah, at Chilo Gorge Safari Lodge this year…

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The Njuzu of the Save River; Mermaid or Myth…you decide, I know what I believe..

The Njuzu of the Save River , as told by Nzanza Sekai in his recent excellent article on the Save River and Birchenough Bridge, called “Celebrating Rain and the flooding of the Save River”…


is a story long told by the Xangana elders and told by Clive himself many times over the years to awed guests and fellow travelers at Chilo Gorge Safari Lodge…Clive calls the River Spirit an Njuzi……


The Save River is vast and flooding now, and this is the fabulous sight of the Chivalila falls just above Chilo Gorge Safari Lodge…


This is the view down towards the deep (bottomless?) pool at the base of the Falls, that the Xangana people call the Njuzu (NJUZI) Pool…


as you can see, any unfortunates who fall in there are unlikely to come out….

These are Nzanza Sekai’s words:

The pool of the mermaids or dziva renjuzu on Save River cannot be seen at all when the river is in flood as it is now. When I was growing up here in the village, my grandmother, Mbuya VaMandirowesa, said Save was a sacred river. It was managed and controlled by the ancestors.

These ancestors have their emissaries or messengers called njuzu or mermaids. Njuzu, according to Mbuya, are not black like us. No. They are European women who dwell in big dark pools within the river. This is how we are related to white people in the ancestral, spiritual world. Njuzu can possess a person and give him or her the knowledge of herbal medicines and the ability to tell the future. Such a person is known to have Shavi renjuzu.

There was a traditional healer, or n’anga in our village, called VaMasenda. Mbuya said his ability to heal and also to tell events that will happen in future came from experience gained when he lived under water with njuzu.

As a young man, Masenda was fishing on the banks of the river Save one day. Then he slipped and fell into dziva renjuzu. Those who saw him fall came home and said Masenda had drowned. The elders said that was not drowning at all. Masenda had been summoned to the land of the mermaids by the ancestors.

They should not cry and believe Masenda to be dead. Instead, the people should wait until a spirit medium tells them to brew beer, go to the dziva renjuzu, and play drums, asking Masenda to come back. When two or more seasons passed by, Masenda came back at dawn. Beer was brewed and a ceremony to celebrate his new extraordinary skill to heal and tell the future took place.

This photograph below is my own version of a Baby Njuzi, spotted at Chilo Gorge reception area a few years ago, on April Fool’s day, and may not fit the standard view, but the reeds growing out of his/her back are a strong component of many versions of how an Njuzu or Njuzi might look…

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The Road Less Travelled is ours; River rescues and Boating on the mighty Save River ……

The road less travelled is ours…


we have boated across the mighty Save River, Mahenye Island in the distance…


and have been the only human adventurers to explore the newly washed landscape of Gonarezhou….along rain-puddled  green-flanked roads inhabited by rolling balls of bullfrog tadpoles…and a troop of Ground hornbills who are happily collecting frogs…


and past the gigantic “Hunter’s Baobab” with its glistening wet Ansellia orchids and dripping honeycombs in its three bee’s nests on high..


The road leads nowhere, into sheets of flowing water, overspilling from the Tembweharta Pan and flowing towards the great Save river..which means that eager tilapia and other small fish such as Squeakers and catfish will soon be speeding their way up the new currents to inhabit the Pan, heralding a new season of life-giving water…


and delighting the crocodiles, Fish eagles and Pels fishing Owl who prey on them…

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Tembweharta Pan is bursting with water,


teeming with new life…


and the overspill into lower Tembweharta is spectacular..


Gentle bull elephants dot the lush landscape


and our return to Chilo Lodge involves getting deeply stuck in the mud and a gorgeous sunset river experience…



My favorite fig tree on the river bank usually stands high and proud out of the water, now its leaves brush the surface of the rolling tide…


followed by a peaceful evening on the high deck at Chilo Gorge,


watching nightjars hawk flying ants over the stately river below…

This Save river is a beauty, but treacherous for those who are caught unaware or who can not swim…we have rescued a man who spent two nights hanging in a tree and crying in vain for help across the rising waters below Mahenye Village…

Jephias and Mahore, master boatsmen of Chilo, canoed their way to him..


and brought the happy man to shore…


Peter Khumbula…a grateful and very happy man, puts his feet on solid ground….

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He has been spared by the River God– read about traditional beliefs here in this excellent article by Sekai Nzenza

and in my blog ...The Njuzu of the Save River...

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Baobab Blitz-Fruit Bats and ethereal flowers

In late November, after watching flower buds develop on the baobab trees at Chilo, we got down to some “citizen science” with our entranced guests..IMG_9579.JPG

… so much fun was had, watching baobab flowers opening at night and eating baobab-themed meals. Rain was dripping down, much needed after a drought season, so no complaints – just a bit of a problem getting into the park – but village trips by Clive and our Chilo guides, and baobab movies by Ralph Stutchbury kept  every one busy-

Here is our sweet Chilo “Sunrise Baobab”, one of my favorite trees, looking down the Save River….

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and here he is again by moonrise…(photo by courtesy of Chris Sheppard)

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We had good sightings of elephants, during the Baobab Weekend…


and for the birders, a wonderful view of an African broadbill displaying, in the Sandforest…IMG_1118.JPG

Plus guests saw wild dog in the park on a game drive and, wonderfully, one lone wild dog calling plaintively for her pack in the cool of an overcast morning, on the sands opposite Chilo!

A haunting sound…….one of my favorites…

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On park drives we investigated baobabs everywhere we could, such as this beauty near Mahove Camp site, now protected from hungry elephants by our wire netting technique… alliance with Frankfurt Zoological Society and Park management.

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So many living things use baobabs as home…

Note the Ansellia orchid high in the branches…

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and this spectacular python curled inside a hollow cavity, having just shed it’s skin, glistening and new and waiting for real rains and good hunting….


plus millipedes, “Chongololos”, waiting in cool baobab crevices for real rain to come…


Magnificent elephants crossing the Save river below Chilo Gorge deck accompanied coffee and tea…


Here is one of Heike Pander’s fabulous elephant photos , from an excellent article in the Huffington Post…..

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The highlight, of course, was watching the fleeting, ethereal baobab flowers open each night and fading the next day…falling to the ground in gorgeous rosettes of white, fading to deep rust as they dried…

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The large, heavy, white flowers are 12 cm across, pendulous and showy, they have a sweet scent……


but later emit a sulphur/carrion smell, sometimes strong and sometimes weaker…

They turn brown and fall after 24 hours.


perfect “dried roses”…..


Lucky guests at the baobab weekend were hosted by Sarah Venter and Ralph Stutchbury, together with Clive Stockil, the “Sunrise Baobab” in the background…

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 Chilo Gorge Safari Lodge  welcomed guests in to the warm glow of our re-cycled art “baobab” lights..


Dr Sarah Venter, the owner of EcoProducts in Louis Trichardt, South Africa, is passionate about the Baobab Tree and her doctorate thesis focuses on the life cycle and conservation of this iconic African Tree.
Eco Products specializes in the production of organic baobab seed oil and organic baobab super fruit powder, empowering venda women to support themselves. We were lucky to have samples of the products, delicious powder to make our morning smoothies with milk or fruit juice, and smooth baobab oil to rub into our grateful skins!

we made this cheesecake– easy and truly delicious!

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Big plus: we tasted varied and excellent products from Zimbabwe’s own passionate baobab product guru, Gus le Breton, co-founder of Phytotrade and founder and CEO of B’Ayoba, a baobab processing company based in Harare, Zimbabwe


My favorite breakfast…

Muesli, flavoured and thickened with milk, marula jelly and baobab powder..

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We savoured views of exquisite white baobab flowers against cobalt skies…


We warned guests that if you inadvertently pick a flower from a baobab, you might just find a lion staring you in the face….

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Traditionally valued as sources of food, water, health remedies or places of shelter these charismatic trees are steeped in legend and superstition…..along the Zambezi, the tribes believe that baobabs were upright and too proud. The gods became angry and uprooted them and threw them back into the ground upside-down. Evil spirits now cause bad luck to anyone that picks up the sweet white flowers. More specifically, a lion will kill them!

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In contrast some people think that if one drinks from water in which Baobab seeds have soaked, you will be safe from crocodile attacks.

Pollination in the baobab is thought to be achieved primarily by fruit bats, but bush babies and several kinds of night insect such as hawk moths may also assist. Day-flying insects are unlikely to be pollinating because by sunrise, the stigma and style of the baobab flower is wilted and dry and therefore no longer receptive. However beetles that visit the flowers at night could certainly be contributing to pollination.

Gilly and Rich, managers of Chilo took these photos on the baobab tree near their house…


Close up of the beetle..

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Clive Stockil and the Chilo team observed the following insects in the flowers by day:

1. Honey Bee.
2. Little brown beetle (species unknown.)
3. Mopani Bee.
4. Stingless Bee – Trigonia.

mopane-beeSome aspects of the baobab’s reproductive biology are not yet understood. It is still speculated whether fertile baobab seeds can result from pollination by the tree’s own pollen. It would appear as if pollen from another tree is required for fertile seed, as isolated trees do form seed, only to abort them at a late stage. The existence of some very isolated trees, may then be due to their self-incompatibility and inability to reproduce.

So- Sarah Venter is investigating the pollination mechanism, and while Ralph filmed,


we sat around the Mahenye Airfield baobab,  watching flowers begin to open..


watching the calyx furl outwards,


and seeing the exquisite flower emerge in full white petticoats….


Under the Airfield baobab we saw hawkmoths, but no bats, perhaps because it was a rainy night.

Watching and chatting under the Sunrise baobab at Chilo each successive night, we saw hawk moths come and go, but most exciting, we saw the fruit bats who live in Chilo Lodge roof, actually visit the flowers, clinging in some instances to the side of the flower to lap nectar from the rich store at the base of the petals…

(Note from Sarah Venter: both Gambian (Peter’s) and Wahlberg’s fruit bat distribution overlap in this area and may roost together. These species can only be distinguished by the palatal ridges after the last molar! So basically can only be told apart if they are in the hand.)

Fruit bat observations by Lin Barrie and Kelli Barker:

27th November:

5.30 pm:
twenty four fruit bats, (Peter’s or Wahlberg’s epauletted-we can not tell which from a distance) are roosting on beams in the thatch roof at Chilo Gorge Safari Lodge. Four of them are licking their epaulettes.
Two in particular are cuddled close.


5.59 pm:
more activity – one scratching its head with fingers..

6.06 pm ten out of the twenty four are licking their wings and shoulder epaulettes with very long pink tongues!


Very doglike in their facial expressions and action…


6.19 pm some active bats adjacent to each other “growl” at each other -noses outstretched…
One of these flies away from the group..

6.15 pm:
All bats are licking and active except one who dozes, head wrapped in his wing..

6.30 pm
Two bats fly around in a circle and land on the thatch nearby…

6.36 pm
All but six bats have left after flying round.

all have flown but some return through the roof beams and fly around calling- lots of flight interaction throughout the roof and back again…some land. Perched bats stare intently at passing flying bats and when some come close they lift their wings and seem to hunch or shrug their shoulders at each other…

I can hear bats ” pinging” from the trees outside the building

6.45 pm
Most have now dispersed- even Mr Dozy!
The two who were cuddled close have flown together…
A few bats keep flying around- interacting with each other.

Some perch in other parts of the thatch roof.

Going outside I can hear the various distinctive tones of individual fruit bats calling from their perches on the surrounding Bravhystegia glaucesens trees

7.06 pm
Buds are cracking on the “Save Sunrise” baobab.

Two Hawk moths visit the “Save Sunrise” baobab.

6.30 pm flowers opening…..

A fruit bat flies through the baobab’s leafy canopy

8.30 pm flowers are 3/4 opened and I notice a first wave of sulphur sweet scent

I notice another wave of scent…

I see a hawk moth high in the canopy.

Notice another wave of scent…

We see three different visits by fruit bats to the flowers that night…

Tuesday 29th November:
8.33 am Kelli notices a baby ! It is large, cuddled against its mother -hidden within her wings, and only becomes apparent when all the bats become restless and start licking and cleaning themselves with their long pink tongues! Then it becomes very active, wriggling madly and barely restrained by the long-suffering mum!IMG_1489.jpg

The baobab is a traditional food plant in Africa, but is little-known elsewhere. The vegetable has been suggested to have the potential to improve nutrition, boost food security, foster rural development, and support sustainable land care.

The fruit of the baobab are large, egg-shaped capsules. They are filled with pulp that dries, hardens, and falls to pieces which look like chunks of powdery, dry bread. The seed are hard, black and kidney-shaped.

The pulp contains 50% more calcium than spinach, is high in antioxidants, and has three times the vitamin C of an orange. The dry pulp is either eaten fresh or dissolved in milk or water to make a drink. The leaves can be eaten as relish. Young fresh leaves are cooked in a sauce and sometimes are dried and powdered. The powder is called lalo in Mali and sold in many village markets in Western Africa. Oil extracted by pounding the seeds can be used for cooking but this is not widespread. In Sudan — where the tree is called tebeldi — people make tabaldi juice by soaking and dissolving the dry pulp of the fruit, locally known as gunguleiz.
In 2008, the European Union approved the use and consumption of baobab fruit as an ingredient in smoothies and cereal bars. The United States Food and Drug Administration granted generally recognized as safe status to baobab dried fruit pulp as a food ingredient in 2009.
Baobab leaves are sometimes used as forage for ruminants in dry season. The oilmeal, which is a byproduct of oil extraction, can also be used as animal feed. In times of drought elephants consume the juicy wood below its bark.

Baobab seed withstand drying and remain viable over long periods, as it has a hard seed coat. It can potentially be dispersed over long distances, and its germination potential is improved when it has passed through the digestive tract of an animal. Animals like elephants, black rhinos and eland can potentially convey the seeds over long distances. Baboons likewise spread the seeds in their dung, but over shorter distances.

Arab traders introduced it to northwestern Madagascar. There they were often planted at the center of villages, and sometimes outlived them.

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Nguni cattle and herdboys at Mahenye; glorious colours inspire my art …


Nguni cattle and brave little herdboys at Mahenye inspire me, chaperoning their cattle through elephant inhabited thickets and river banks on a daily basis…

Mahenye is home to cattle and elephants, the contact zone between humans and wildlife…a challenging and inspirational area…


The little boys entertain me, cracking their long long whips and trying to cajole reluctant spotted calves to drink…


some calves do it on their own…


Inspiration for my art, here are two pretty cows that I first saw in 2014,

a pregnant cow and an old Nguni cow, acrylic on stretched canvas, each panel 2 x 3 feet


here is the pregnant cow…


and here is the dear old cow…


Colour and character, these Nguni girls have it!




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