GIRAFFE PLAIN  @36X48  1994

Hiking up a granite hill outcropping, I kept passing African Leopard Tortoise shells. I had a beloved pet tortoise at home. The toucan looking birds, I mentioned earlier, were the predator of these reptiles. As I gained elevation I began seeing giraffe through the trees of this valley. I saw many black ones. These are older individuals that darken with time. It was a lovely afternoon painting and watching animals move on the plain below. As the day was ending, I looked up and saw an impala in the tree. I then began to notice all the leopard tracks around me. The strength required to drag a 70lbs animal 20 feet off the ground is humbling. I got what I needed. Being invited for dinner wasn't part of my plan.

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