Lodge décor - The Guinea's Song

Maree Clarkson

Ballito, South Africa

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Lodge décor – The Guinea’s Song

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Painted with Nescafé Instant coffee on a textured back-ground by Kim Klassen printed on Amedeo 200gsm
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Decorate your game lodge or tented camp with a variety of décor items such as duvet covers, throw pillows, wall tapestries, framed prints, wall clocks and mugs and give your guests an unforgettable accommodation experience!


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One of my favourite birds – The Guinea Fowl (family Numididae). Their song is one of the most distinct in the African Bushveld and to me speaks of joy and sorrow in one breath. Whenever I hear them calling in the distance, I always get a feeling of longing-for-know-not-what – maybe it is because they are monogamous, mating for life, and also because they are highly sociable birds, hating to be alone, two traits they share with us as humans. Guinea Fowl are native to Africa, but the Helmeted Guinea Fowl (Numida meleagris) has been domesticated, and both feral and wild-type birds have been introduced elsewhere.


On hearing the striped contralto of guinea fowl,
its mock opera quivers the parsley atop its head—

The song makes its imprint
in the air, making itself felt,
a felt world. Here, there,
the stunned silence
of knowing I will not remember
what I heard;

futures
that will never happen,
a fluidity we cannot achieve
except as a child
creating possibility.

This is the untranslatable song
hidden in the earth.
- Claudia Reder


24th March 2012 – FEATURED in “Breathtaking Wild Animals”
31st March 2012 – FEATURED in “Painters Universe”
14th May 2014 – FEATURED by RedBubble in “EXPLORE”

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