And lets hope that preservation of our unique birding systems, whether in suburban gardens or protected wilderness, whether on mining dumps, open seas, sandy shorelines, in wetlands or on alluvial river banks, remains a key concern for all thinking people.
Pomona Art Wall in Harare displays murals by some of Zimbabwe’s artists, one being our late and dear Daryl Nero. Empowered by Miracle Missions, the wall reflects some of our concerns about wetlands, water and eco systems, here is some of my art from that ….
I leave you with my large painting, titled Hornbill and Diamond….. it poses a large question, currently very pertinent as diamond mining seems to be edging its way into our protected areas within Zimbabwe…….mining activities over fragile ecosystems?
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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