Gemsbuck in the Kalahari

Maree Clarkson

Tarlton, South Africa

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I like being alone.
Therefore, in order to win me over,
your presence has to feel better
than my solitude.
The gemsbok or gemsbuck (Oryx gazella) is a large African antelope, of the Oryx genus. The name is derived from the Dutch name of the male chamois, gemsbok. Although there are some superficial similarities in appearance (especially in the colour of the face area), the chamois and the oryx are not closely related.

Gemsbok are light brownish-grey to tan in colour, with lighter patches to the bottom rear of the rump. Their tails are long and black in colour. A dark brown stripe extends from the chin down the bottom edge of the neck through the join of the shoulder and leg along the lower flank of each side to the brown section of the rear leg. They have muscular necks and shoulders and their legs have white ‘socks’ with a black patch on the front of both the front legs and both genders have long straight horns.

In the Kalahari Desert in South Africa, they have to trek vast distances to find water. The park covers an area of a little less than 10,000 square kilometers and consists of mile upon mile of rolling rust-red sand dunes, solitary trees and scattered grasses. For lovers of the ambience of untamed Africa, this hauntingly beautiful region has a special appeal all of its own. The Kalahari Desert is a part of the largest continuous area of sand in the world.

This is a watercolour painting I did as I imagined them trudging through the desert on their way to find water.

23rd September 2010 – FEATURED in “Art At its Best”
29th September 2010 – FEATURED in “Antlers, Racks and Other Horned Animals”
8th October 2010 – placed in the TOP 10 of the challenge ‘My Favourite Animal, My Favourite Place’ in “Mozambique and Neighbouring Countries”
1st July 2011 – FEATURED in “Wildlife of Southern Africa”
2nd July 2011 – FEATURED in “The Group”
13th July 2011 – Placed in the TOP 10 of the challenge “African Antelopes” in “African Art & Photography”
6th September 2012 – FEATURED in “Serenity”
September 2012 – FEATURED by RB in “EXPLORE”
28th October 2012 – FEATURED in “Woman Painters”
14th October 2013 – FEATURED in “Image Writing”
14th October 2013 – FEATURED in “Live, Love, Dream”
16th October 2013 – FEATURED in “Everyday Women”
25th October 2013 – FEATURED in “African Art & Photography”

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