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Watercolour on Amedeo 200gsm – 12″ × 8″

The shadows now so long do grow,
That brambles like tall cedars show,
Molehills seem mountains, and the ant Appears a monstrous elephant.
(Evening Quatrains)
- Charles Cotton

Elephants (Loxodonta africana) in the shadow of a mountain on their way to water in the northern parts of the Kalahari desert (South Africa).

A portion of the Kalahari Desert transforms for a brief period each year from a parched expanse of arid wasteland to a bountiful floodplain packed with channels, lagoons, swamps and islands — and it has the Okavango River to thank for this temporary transformation into paradise.

During the annual inundation, the Okavango Delta region draws migrating animals like a magnet, among them herds of Kalahari elephants. Elephants must have water on a regular basis, so as the dry season reaches a peak, they follow ancient instincts across the scorched and desiccated sands to the promise of boundless waters in the west.

As the elephants slowly make their way toward the delta, many can survive on what little resources they find until they finally enjoy a respite in the rich lands touched by the Okavango. Other herds will not complete the migration and may lose members to the harsh and competitive environment of the desert.

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I am a watercolorist living on my little piece of African soil in Tarlton, Gauteng, South Africa. The inspiration for my art is the wonderfully rich variety of Fauna and Flora to be found throughout this beautiful country.
“There is a fine line between dreams and reality; it’s up to you to draw it.”

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  • Aleksandra Kabakova
    Aleksandra Kab...about 4 years ago

    wonderful work!

  • Thank you Aleksandra!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • davvi
    davviabout 4 years ago

    beautiful work.well done.

  • Thanks a lot Davvi!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Elizabeth Kendall
    Elizabeth Kendallabout 4 years ago

    Ek is mal oor die silhoeët-olifante!!! Lieflike werk Maree!! ;-)

  • Oooeee! Ek is so bly jy hou daarvan! Baie dankie Liz!!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Ken Powers
    Ken Powersabout 4 years ago

    I love the use of silhouettes here!

  • Thanks Ken!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Mariaan M Krog Fine Art Portfolio
    Mariaan M Krog...about 4 years ago
    • Lieflike werk!
    • Such a lovely painting! Very endearing, makes one imagine that all’s well in our beautiful land.
      African Art at Heart Group
      24 September 2010
  • Thanks Mariaan.

    – Maree Clarkson

  • AuntDot
    AuntDotabout 4 years ago

    Wonderful! I love this!

  • I’m so glad you like it Dot, and thanks for the fav!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • marella
    marellaabout 4 years ago

    Deksels, maar dis m o o i verby Maree !! x

  • Baie dankie Marella!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Brenda Boisvert
    Brenda Boisvertabout 4 years ago

    So wonderful!!!!! :-)

  • Thanks Brenda!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • AndreaEL
    AndreaELabout 4 years ago

    Beautiful work Maree, love the elephants, they are so majestic.

  • Thank you so much Andrea!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • scallyart
    scallyartabout 4 years ago

    this is nice Maree. Must be wonderful to see them walking past like this.

  • thanks a lot Kerry. I don’t think more than a handful of people have ever seen this in real life….

    – Maree Clarkson

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