My pet pygmy reticulated Gila monster. 😉
Just finished watching “Kalahari: The Flooded Desert” on Nature. http://to.pbs.org/RfVeuB The programme brought back fond memories. In 1983 we spent five incredible weeks visiting my parents who were working in Gaborone, Botswana at the time. On one of our junkets we drove north through the Kalahari to spend several wonderful days in the Okavango Delta. While there I rescued our seven year old son when he fell off the camp dock. He turned white when he realized that there were crocodiles, hippos and tiger fish in the water. We watched as the assistants refilled our water pitchers with water from the Delta. Enjoyed iced orange squash with sand at the bottom of the glass. We were told freezing killed all of the bad things. No one became ill. Heard gunfire in the Caprivi Strip. Observed incredible wildlife. Hippos walked through our camp at night. Watched a large pack of wild dogs split up and stalk several zebra. Saw one leopard but no lions. Several black-backed jackals. Cape buffalo. Elephants. Numerous birds. The few camps allowed in the Delta at that time were quite rustic. Today’s camps appear to be much too luxurious and too large to allow the visitor to experience the true atmosphere of the Okavango. It now seems to be a destination not an adventure. Very happy we were able to visit this magical place before its mystery disappeared.
An iPad screen shot from a waterhole webcam in Botswana. Antelope and jackals so far this evening. Great site. I recommend it. Using the free Puffin web browser for iPhone and iPad. Allows use of Flash. Wonderful. Enjoy.
Observed eight Wilson’s Snipe enjoying a Christmas dinner between 1630 and 1700 hrs.
(One of my poor reference photos)
And just as the kids arrived we heard and saw a Great Horned Owl perched in a nearby tree. Great wildlife day.
Until the other day, we had not seen any signs of mammal activity at the Watson Hollow pond. One morning we observed what looked like a mink swim out of the cattails and across the pond. That was exciting.
Mink running along the bank of the Watson Hollow pond. 2008
We have not seen any otters at Watson Hollow going on two summers. Watson Hollow was dredged about 18 months ago and that may have something to do with the change in wildlife activity here.
Approximately nine otters enjoying the waters of a Watson
Hollow pond one week after a fire blackened an adjoining field.
Interestingly, the otters’ toilet area was not burned. 16 Aug 2007
Nature is not static and changes will always occur but it seems we tend to get upset when those changes happen during our lifetime.
The latest oceanography literature, explained
little by little, one travels far
As you start to walk out on the way, the way appears
visual essays for a digital world
A daily painting provided to you from Shanti Marie's South Carolina studio
You'll thank me later