Thursday, May 13, 2010
These trees always amaze me and I just love them. The next painting I do I would like to try and get a big one with some elephants under it just to give you the scale that some of these giants get to.
We were on the boat in Chobe when we disturbed these hippo who were just lazing in the sun on the riverbank. As soon as we approached they all got up and dashed back for the safety of the water. Hippo are cerainly one of the most dangerous animals in Africa and account for more attacks on man than any other animal. Contrary to their size they can move really fast on land.
It is always such a thrill when you find lions, let alone the more elusive males. We were driving along the road early in the morning in Mabuasahube, a small park that forms part of the Trans Kalahari Frontier national park, and we came around a corner and there they were. When you find males like this it is usually a coalition of brothers that work together.
We were driving along from North Gate to Xakanaxa in Moremi when we heard some Impala alarming. We stopped the car and found this wonderful leopard up in the tree, just casually watching what all the fuss was about. He then settled back down and went back off to sleep.