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Monday, November 15, 2010

birds eye view

We have been doing a lot of travelling this past month. Apart from the usual road hours - sometimes 11 hours at a stretch - we have been extremely fortunate to take some aerial journeys accross some of the most pristine wild country in southern Africa.

Firstly, leaving camp in Selinda, we flew in the empty supply plane back to Maun. This flight over  part of the Okavango Delta must be one of the most beautiful scenic flights in the world. It is mesmerising to watch the meandering arms of the delta waters bringing life to the desert heartland.  The patterns it weaves are interlaced with paths made by wildlife trekking from feeding grounds to water.  The way the paths converge on a waterhole, or favoured drinking spot, create further natural abstract designs.  It is landscape as it meant itself to be.

Here are some sights that birds see on their migration paths.

the name of this river translates to 'Snake'

meandering arms of delta waters form oxbows and islands in kalahari sand

diminishing waterholes in the dry hinterland threaded with game paths; this one has a yin-yang symbol

delta overview - big country for wildlife

if we ever needed reminding that water is life - here is proof!

palm islands in a sea of swampy watergrass

mosaic in shades of green

approaching Maun - tourist capital of Ngamiland
where we became terrestrial again


Anonymous said...

thanks for the flight!!
Loved it

Now can we go again please?

Bonnie Zieman, M.Ed. said...

Thank you for letting us sit on your wing Jill - all the better to hear your delightful commentary! Breath-taking!

Lori ann said...

I love this. I think the Okavango is one of Chuck's favorite places on earth and I can so see why. I love taking these small plane flights over Africa, you can see so much, sometimes even the wildlife! Would love to go to Okavango someday, when the waters are high. Is that the best time? Thanks for sharing Val.

Val said...

Janet - yes of course - come aboard - here is your ticket :)

Bonnie -this flight is truly awesome - these pictures hardly do it justice.

Lori - yes you must come to okavango one day - high or low water - its always magical


Friko said...

Fantastic Val. As you say, water is life and your pictures prove it.
I love the snaking river bringing life to the surrounding area.

Fire Byrd said...

What a fantastic snaking river. Hope the water holes get filled up soon.

Reya Mellicker said...

The photos are amazing! Wow!!

karen said...

Beautiful photos, Val! It is fantastic from the air.. and the contrasting ugliness of Maun.

Angela said...

Landscape as it should be, truly! I liked that Yin/Yang waterhole! Last night I dreamed again I could fly. Next time I must use that dream to take a flight over Okavango!

mermaid gallery said...

That is big country! ...flat, spacious land for all the wild life...even the city looks unobtrusive. ...always fascinating!

e said...

These were so cool, the snaking river certainly lives up to its name...

I live in a state surrounded by water and yet, we have water shortages...That shows the impact of too many humans...I hope all this open land remains as it is.

Best to you!

Val said...

Friko - we are all too aware of the 'water is life' theme here - watching first rains turning the world green again is humbling.

Fire Byrd - rainy season has started so the waterholes should be filling up right now!

Reya - landscapes from the air are magical - especially in such a vast natural area.

karen - ha maun is not beautiful its true - but it does have its own character/s :)

Angela - it will be worth a try i promise you!

Susan - its so good for the soul to see land that can be free for wildlife to move around in as it was intended.

e - I am with you - may this delta continue its meandering ways for ever!

Thanks for your beautiful comments xxxV

Butternut Squash said...

This is absolutely wonderful. Thank you so much for sharing it.

young-eclectic-encounters said...

Wonderful aerial views such views make delightful abstracts. This is not a view I get very often so thanks for sharing.
Johnina :^A

Val said...

Butternut Squash - thanks for stopping by!

Y-e-e birds hey - they have the edge - not only can they fly without machines but they get to look at these wonderful landscape abstracts

some other wonderful aerial landscapes on - not my pics but worth a visit


Anonymous said...

Too beautiful. A trip I must definitely add to my list.

Amanda Summer said...

such eye-satisfying fotos to ponder, and ever-poetic words to accompany.

the first one, especially, blew me away. love it.


good lord. word veri: human (!)

Cheryl Cato said...

Beautiful "birds eye view". I think palm island and the one above it are my favorites.

Anil P said...

Such beautiful views.

Okavango, Selinda are names the wind would like to be named as it sweeps down on these pristine landscapes.

Val said...

Rob G - yes definitely!

Amanda - no question such landscapes are good for the soul :)

Lizzy - thats so cool - i love the patterns in the watergrass

Anil P - that is such a beautiful thought! thank you


Friko said...

Thank you for visiting and commenting.
Thanks for linking on FB too. I like a bit of free advertising!

Look forward to a new post some time.

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