In complete contrast and as a gorgeous relaxed prelude to the busyness of the week in Lisbon, my husband and I were lucky enough to join my two sisters, their spouses and a group of friends, on an idyllic holiday on the Zambezi River in Zambia. I didn't do a lot of sketching - my few attempts at drawing the abundance of wildlife - lions, hippos galore, elephant and crocodiles, buffalo, impala and kudu were quickly abandoned as either they or the vehicle moved, or I was too entranced to take my eyes off them to reach for my sketchbook and brushes. These were some of the quiet moments I did manage to get down on paper...A view from a pool deck at the lodge down the river.
Vincent, the fishing guide on this trip (my sketch doesn't look much like him, another moving target!), worked hard, baiting all the hooks and advising where to cast - he was extremely knowledgeable about the birds, trees, in fact all the flora and fauna, as were all the guides - getting a little time to fish himself in between work.
The white fronted bee-eater, as my sister Vivienne noted, was the bird of the trip, there seemed to be one around or ahead of us, wherever any of us went, by foot or landrover. One of the guides said they try to lead people, or baboons to bee-hives, so that as you take the honey, they get the bees, wiping the stings out first on a rock - clever little creatures!
...and a jacana digging for food in the mud puddles.
On my last blissful day in the bush, we could choose to go down the river by boat cruise - which I did, having an unforgettable encounter with elephants along the way (photos below) - land vehicle, or canoe, all meeting at a spot on the river bank where a delicious picnic lunch had been prepared for us. I sketched the staff having a well-earned break before clearing up and getting us back via boat cruise or game drive for one last, perfect evening on the Zambezi.
I always love your sketches, but the Zambesi trip is almost like being there. (It's on my "one day" list!)
What a wonderful trip, thanks for sharing something I will never get to see.
Your sketches are lovely.
What a trip! I like all of these sketches but LOVE the hippos and baboons - what body positions so typical of them and that pink on the hippo :) I see more animal paintings in your future!
Thanks Kerrie, Penny, Dinahmow and Rhonda - hippos are SO pink, they look badly sunburnt, but apparently its a defence against the sun. And they were too far away really for me to see if that one that looks like a rock was facing forwards or backwards! I don't know about painting animals... love to watch them, but not as subject matter for some reason
Your so lucky to get to visit these places. Through the sketchblogs of many we all get to see the world. One sketch at a time.
Oh My, these are fantastic!
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