|Track ID sheet|
except for our one-day circuit through Kruger National Park in the rental car ~ at Moholoholo Mountain View practicing tracking skills and photographing the beautiful wildlife (are warthogs beautiful? I think so!) ~ . There was much to learn, much to photograph and sketch, and we all made the most of it in our individual ways.
The image above shows vervet monkey tracks on the left and baboon tracks on the right, so they can be compared. So when we ran across these tracks in the dust near the waterhole, it was pretty clear, even though the tracks weren't absolutely perfect, that they had been made by baboons ~ the size being one giveaway.
|the viewing platform|
I was spending more time, now, sketching busily away as the others perfected their tracking skills.
|Papa warthog comes to drink|
|Sketching en plein aire|
I found the seedpods intriguing, with their curious attachments to the pods. Their thorny host trees provided endless entertainment as I forever seemed to be shifting into reverse to extract myself from thorns as I pursued fascinating flanged vines (see the image) or camouflaged monkeys).
|a peculiar flanged vine|
|Joe interviews a black rhino calf|
|Cape Wild Dogs are endangered|
|Johann holds a vulture on his arm|
|Bateleur Eagle study|
But there was no opportunity to sketch during the tour, so this drawing was done a couple of days later when I had more time.
One of my favorite places to work was on the porch of the cabin Sandy and I shared. It was pleasant most of the day, being on the shady south side of the cabin, and as I drew I was frequently visited by a pair of tree squirrels which lived nearby.
|A Tree Squirrel supervises sketches|
Wherever I went, I pocketed potential sketching subjects, and by now I had quite a collection. If something couldn't be moved, a knobthorn acacia tree with twining vines, for instance, I would draw it on the spot. Then later, on my porch, I would add drawings of such things as wild cotton pods and a catfish head I found by the pool.
Okay, that's all I have time for today. Later on, I will make my sketchbook into a downloadable book which you can buy from my website here. I hope/think you'll find it very entertaining.