Of Elephants, Wild Dogs and Full Moons, Good friends, Venus and Jupiter…..

A full moon rising tonight…and the close,  very close, proximity of Venus and Jupiter will be spectacular… hanging over the deck at Chilo Gorge Safari Lodge, where Clive and I are at the moment. We have just come from Senuko where the Nyarushanga Pack have denned and I have been delighted with being able to be close to my favourite African wild dogs again, and to share them with good friends Alastair Pole and Neil Birnie, our granddaughters and staff… special sightings indeed…here are some of Al’s photos:

Mase- white as milk

Mase- white as milk

Look at this gorgeous photo of “Mase” , a  young male dog whom I have named so because he is as white as milk….

Mase poses...

Mase poses…

Such a beautiful boy…..

Mase- portrait

Mase- portrait

Pups are apparent at the den- we can hear them but not see them, carefully shielded from view by the clever Alpha female…they are still only a few weeks old… With the full moon growing, I have noticed again this year that the dogs hunt very late from their den, with a waxing fullish moon, relying on the bright moonlight to enable to hunt far and fast in the cool of the night…

thinking wild dogs….soon we will host a Wine and Wild Dog weekend at Chilo Gorge Safari Lodge- with African Wildlife Consrvation Fund and Jeremy Borg of Painted Wolf Wines…see my blog at:


Wonder what the Wild Dog packs in the Save Valley Conservancy and Gonarezhou  will think of gorgeous Jupiter and Venus?!….will they and the elephants notice the changing configurations of stellar bodies? The answers might surprise us… This imaginary artwork shows the close-up beauty of both Jupiter and Venus, two bright naked-eye planets that will be visible close together in the skies this week. 01venusjupiter.adapt.1190.1 Last night under that spectacular sky, a naughty bull elephant trampled the garden bed round room 10 last night- and I woke up to hear him chewing! Went to the balcony and growled at him, then he walked to my door, still chewing – so I went to the door and saw the Sabi Star he had just bumped over- grrrrr….I told him how bad he was, beautiful tusks gleaming silver above me in the nearly-full moonlight, and he just lifted his trunk gently in the air to smell me, then walked casually and delicately down the narrow path to the garden tap where he sipped from the drips- before melting away! Gorgeous……Chilo Gorge Lodge truly is Elephant Paradise…

Elephant in the moonlight....

Elephant in the moonlight….

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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2 Responses to Of Elephants, Wild Dogs and Full Moons, Good friends, Venus and Jupiter…..

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