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W&N Watercolour on Visual 200gsm

FIVE years have passed; five summers, with the length
Of five long winters! and again I hear
These waters, rolling from their mountain-springs
With a soft inland murmur.

- Extract from a poem by William Wordsworth

Elephants (Loxodonta africana) silhouetted against the dunes in the Kalahari passing a water hole in the northern parts of the Kalahari desert.

A portion of the Kalahari Desert (South Africa) 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.

4th July 2011 – SOLD 3 Greeting Cards to a great fellow-RedBubbler! Thank you!
4th July 2011 – SOLD 1 Greeting card to Alma – Thank you Alma!
21st March 2014 – SOLD 1 Greeting Card – thank you to the buyer!

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  2. 7th December 2012 – FEATURED in Amazing Wildlife
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animals, elephants, silhouettes, maree clarkson, tarlton, magaliesburg, krugersdorp, gauteng, kalahari, south africa, watercolour, watercolor, africa, wildlife, nature, desert, african silhouettes

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.
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Comments

  • almaalice
    almaalicealmost 3 years ago

    Favourite++++++ because this reminds me so much of the magical evening in Chobe when literally hundreds of elephants came down to cross the river just metres in front of our boat. Even the river safari guides were excited by the number. You have caught it perfectly Maree, it was one of those moments which is probably a once in a lifetime happening and we just were lucky enough to be there. I am sure both you and Aunty Phil must have been there too!!!!! Almaxx Thank you again for the memory xx

  • Alma, you have seen and experienced more than most South Africans, you are so blessed! I have never been in this region,, it’s next on my list! Glad I brought back memories for you and thanks ever so much for the fav, greatly appreciated!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • almaalice
    almaalicealmost 3 years ago

    We stayed at the Chobe Chilwera Lodge, superb, check it out Maree, worth a look I promise. Alma xx

  • I’m sure it is Alma, I just absolutely LOVE Game Lodges, the décor is also so inspiring!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Linda Jackson
    Linda Jacksonalmost 3 years ago

    Check this one off for your book! :O))))) love it! take care, Linda

  • Oh thank you Linda! Will put it on my ‘list’ straight away! Smile!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Linda Jackson
    Linda Jacksonalmost 3 years ago

    :o)))))

  • Elizabeth Kendall
    Elizabeth Kendallalmost 3 years ago

    Oh my word! How beautiful is this! Just imagine standing near those elephants and listening to their movements, their noises…oeg, dis bittermooi Maree!!

  • Jy’s ‘n riem onder die hart Liz, baie dankie vir jou pragtige kommentaar, en die fav, you’ve just made my day!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Denzil
    Denzilalmost 3 years ago

    Superb!!! A beautiful image, evocative and moving. Love it:)

  • Oh thank you SO much Denzil, really appreciate that!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • AuntDot
    AuntDotalmost 3 years ago

    Wonderful scene…well done, Maree!

  • Thank ou Dot!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Elizabeth Kendall
    Elizabeth Kendallalmost 3 years ago

    Congrats on all the sales here Maree, well done! ;-)

  • Thank you Liz, it certainly is lovely to sell something here on RB!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • BasantSoni
    BasantSonialmost 3 years ago
    Poignant …art work… !!
  • Thank you very much Basant!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • shazart
    shazartalmost 3 years ago

    Still miss the wildlife of Africa. Instant Fav Maree – Fantastic artwork. well done. Love the wee little one’s too!!

  • As I said previously, you’ll have to come back to take more photos! Thank you for the fav, really appreciate that!

    – Maree Clarkson

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