|The ibis skull is about 9" long.|
|Hadeda Ibis and baboon skulls|
|The African Porcupine has dug a den in this hillock|
Five days at Panzi wasn't nearly long enough to sketch and draw everything that caught my interest, although by now I was needing a break from sketch journaling. I think two weeks is about optimum for me if I'm sketching and journaling hours each day. It can be exhausting (although exciting and exhiliarating ~ go figure!), and by now I was nearing the end of my third week.
|"my" yellow orchids|
|sketching the skink|
There are some really nice shops in Hoedspruit, but I mostly shopped at the outdoor craftsmen's displays, which have a lot more cachet than a modern shop. I bought a couple of charming carved creatures ~ a hornbill, and a hippo in a carved stone pool, from the man in the picture below.
|Craftsmen and their wares on a Hoedspruit roadside.|
|my plane taxis into its berth|
If I'd blogged this last August, I would have waxed poetic and told you some more tales, but I have been working on my South African Sketching Safari sketchbook and tutorial ever since I got home and I am just about waxed out.
|The cover of the new South African Sketching Safari sketch journal.|
If you'd like to learn more about what's inside, go here to its page for a closer look, and I hope you'll be tempted to download a copy to see more. It's more than a hundred pages, and it took me six months to create, so $9.95 is a pretty good deal I think.
My next sketch journal will be done in Saguaro National Park near Tucson. Watch for it! If you put your name in the alerts box at upper right, you will be notified when I blog about it. In the meantime, have a happy holiday, and I'll blog again soon.
Ho! Ho! Ho!