Hot weather greets every sunrise, no rain to speak of yet in Gonarezhou, mostly scattered showers and we wait eagerly for the real thing!
Even the small rains we have had are enough to create green grass galore,
Travels through the exquisite landscapes of Gonarezhou are a symphony of emerald and sap green combinations,
with brooding skies above Tembwehata Pan
As we roll along I spot a glorious sight, hiding under a tree and panting in the heat- a fat lion in his prime, full golden mane and yellow lion eyes staring at us….
He has killed a female wildebeest, and eaten much of her hindquarters, as a white backed vulture waits in the trees above.
In fact the presence of the vulture was what made me look more closely for a predator in the first place…leaving him in peace, we arrive at the pink and cloud-dappled Chilojo Cliffs,
And with the fresh look, I realize how I need to finish my painting: it needs elephants!
Elephants such as this magnificent tusker who graces us with his gentle presence
Elephants such as these tired and hot ladies hiding their babies in the shade of a welcoming baobab ….
Everywhere we go, fresh and steaming evidence of the wonderful elephants abounds, much to the dung beetles’ delight…
Back to the Save River crossing, a fullish moon rises and greets us…
… a gentle end to a HOT day
Flowers always get my attention..
the last rays of the sun fade…
and reflections are inspiration…