Nova Scotia Artist, Joy Laking, posts ramblings while she's travelling and painting in South America.
Tuesday, May 3, 2016
February 15, 2016, Mole National Park, Ghana
February 15, 2016. Mole National Park, Ghana Even the air seems to be holding it's breath. We feel soaked in the stillness. A low sun struggles to poke through The hazy hot sky. In the distance; from lighter to darker, Are bands of gray and brown foliage. The occasional tree stands over the rest, Not only taller, These sentinels are green. In the foreground; brown flatlands And two large water areas edged in bush. Gradually, we hear whistles and coos. Very tiny green birds play On the sides of tree trunks. Small rusty coloured birds Pop in and out of tree holes. A colourful red throated bird might be a parrot. Fly catchers do figure-eights. Herons and egrets swoop over the water. A rustle of foliage Is caused by playing monkeys. Some groups of monkeys have small dark faces, Some carry black babies on their bellies and seem to wear Red jackets and fuzzy red toupees. Small spotted African deer and Guinean fowl Are just dots on the brown flatlands. A crocodile is a long dark shape Gliding through the water. Suddenly, we are surprised to find a deer Standing right beside us. Then a large baboon sneaks up And steals someone's sandwich. Although there are lions and other large cats in the park, It is very unlikely that we will see one. The same goes for all the poisonous snakes. The beautiful bright green bird, That I keep photographing, Is a red throated bee eater. Eventually, we spy one lone elephant. We climb down from our land rover And gingerly traverse the hundreds of rough elephant footprints From the rainy season that are now cement hard. When I think we are about 25 meters from our elephant, Our guide advises us to never get closer than 50 meters. I take dozens of photos of our elephant hidden in the bush; An ear, a trunk, a tail, a tusk. Suddenly our elephant steps out of the bushes. His ears flap back and forth. His truck swings in front tasting the air. We lock eyes. I make sure I get one great photo, Before I leave him be.
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