Running in front of a cyclone, diamonds and raindrops…..

8th January: On our way back to Senuko, we drive into the dusk with flashing stabs of lightening that illuminate a huge cloud front in the East, somewhere over Mozambique. Seems like the front of weather from the cyclone in the Indian Ocean. The extreme heat has broken, bringing cool conditions, and we wake today in our own bed to see drifts of misty rain slanting across our windows, obscuring the horizon, and getting heavier and heavier as the morning passes. I am packing for a trip to Harare, various important meetings at last coming up, one being a follow-up to the Minesterial meeting in December at Hakamela. Hope this will give us all a practical way forward for the Conservancy.
After the rain eases, a walk in the grassland below our house reveals a diamond studded wonderland of rain drops…..



……. diamond studded flowers are bright jewels…

scarlet diamonds...

scarlet diamonds…

each blade of grass is a tiara….

diamond tiara....

diamond tiara….

wet grass adorned by an elegant grasshopper….

grasshopper elegance

grasshopper elegance

sapphire drops , tiny jems……..

sapphire drops....

sapphire drops….

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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