Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Marc's Memory

A change in season reflects a change WE are going through here at Safari.TV. Kathryn and Jared have headed off into the confines of the concrete jungle, Herman is safely ensconced at home in Cape Town, no doubt revelling in the fold of family and Patrick is back from leave, having had a superb late afternoon finale to his drive today.


On one hand, the bush has had us wondering where everything has gone and on the other, WE have wondered at the treasures that the new season has brought. Already! Overall there is still the dryness and bareness to the vegetation but, as we have seen on the drives of late, hidden gems delight. WE have seen a small flush of white with a Wild Pear that took me a moment to recognise on account of its size, it was but a scraggly sapling and there are so few in this area. The one and only Sausage tree (Kigelia africana), that I have found on western Gowrie, is resplendant in its fresh apple green foliage and is adorned with the most beautiful maroon flowers that I waved at our 3 D camera.



Wild Pear Dombeya rotundifolia



Knobthorns are in full bloom and their cousins, the Brack thorns are just beginning to show their little yellow puffballs amongst verdant flushes of fresh green leaves. It is a world of contrasts with most trees still bare and brown, so, coming across a stem of a Gardenia with a few of the first flush of flowers was, what else, but fantastic!


There have been a number of rhino about, buffalo bulls in strange places and elephants elusively crossing the property. Last night a young male lion managed to walk a considerable, meandering path through our traversing area making sure he was over in Buffelshoek by sunrise, his tracks taunted me everywhere I drove today. As for the boys, there has been a brief sighting but they have been scarce, as has their mother, Karula. With such a lack of predator action, we were pleasanly surprised when Patrick took us to Buffelshoek Dam this evening to give us the best possible view of Mvula the big male leopard from out East. If I am not mistaken, the only view of him as I haven't seen him before. WE have certainly heard his name and after tonight's sighting we can say we now know him so much better.


Screen capture by Patty mulligan

As Patrick arrived at the dam, the sun was still only thinking about setting and threw quite a glare as an obstacle to add to that already presented by another vehicle. Patience prevailed and Pat was able to put Sebastien and the camera in a perfect place to capture this magnificent cat wake, yawn and stretch before sawing for our stereo microphone. He marked his territory and started wandering away. After repositioning, Pat was in just the right place for Mvula to walk right by the Ganda giving us all a fantastic thrill.


Alex and Pete have been working on a new higher speed connection after Alex spent a lot of time on the cam at the dam. There is still something that is preventing some control of the rig but we will have that resolved very soon. Thank you all for your patience in waiting for the cam to be fully operational again. I think a special consideration has to go to Siphiwe who can hear things at the dam but is powerless to show it to you.


Well, this is my first blog. Ever! I will be contributing again in a couple of days, if anything but to document the gap between now and then. It is up to nature to provide the content and we will continue to find those special little things that make it SPRING!


Compiled by Marc Weiner and the elephants.

18 comments:

  1. well done Marc, it was a pleasure to read ;)

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  2. An excellent post Marc! Thank you so much!.....goldengma aka Nancy Klassen

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  3. Awesomely done,Marc. Really enjoyed reading this and looking forward to the next one. :-)

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  4. Love it...you write exactly like you talk, which is soothing and descriptive and just really nice! :o) Blessings to you...

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  5. What a great blog Marc! Looking foward to your future blogs, you really give us a great sense and description of the beauty that is the spring season there!

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  6. Well done, Marc! I'm looking forward to more blogs written by you. (CathyM)

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  7. :D cool, wish i was there to see it all happen, here autumn is setting in at a slow pace, and the leaves are starting to turn, such beautiful colours, cooler evenings and rain are slowly becoming the norm, after a lovely hot summer :D Keep on bloggin :D

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  8. Wonderful Blog Marc.. Your writng seems to always make me think of Uncle Ernest.
    Cheers ad Her's to many fine hours of Sightings and Chats.
    :)
    Mike and Spaz

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  9. Marc, your vivid imagination and keen senses conjure a description that takes us into the heart of your special world. Your blog is like an extra few bonus minutes of your drive. We are soothed and transported to a different world on the same planet.

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  10. Very well done Marc.. always a pleasure to hear your elegant and poetic views on life in the bush..

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  11. Fantastic, I wish I were with you on the Ganda, getting the hint of new flowers on the breeze.. (While listening to Bob..hehe)

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  12. Wow! Excellent blog! Looking forward to many more from you! (Sandi Ross)

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  13. Wonderful writing and vivid descriptions. We are entering the autumn season here and I am glad that we can partake of your spring/summer. Please continue with your thoughtful writings.........

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  14. Marc, what a lovely Blog! Very very well done; your written word so eloquently reflects your spoken word. You are a gem and thanks for writing this!

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  15. Marc, your words are like a artist brush on canvas

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  16. As special a commentary as your drives! Just love spring time and hope to enjoy it with you again.

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