Now for Chobe National Park – On the Road

Photo by Stephen Powell Wildlife Artist Photographer. Stephen & Colleen keeping out of the wind on the Caprivi Strip

Stephen & Colleen keeping out of the wind on the Caprivi Strip

Our hotel room for the night backed on to the Zambezi river. Only about a kilometer from the falls. A river boat called the African Queen moored close by.
We leave early for the Zambian border and back into Botswana. Our vehicle for the Botswana n trip matches the rest of the african trip. An open truck, great for grabbing photos but a bit breezy fro 10 hr drives on the open road. The border crossing is via ferry over the Zambezi river.

Photo by Stephen Powell Wildlife Artist Photographer. Trucks have a long wait at the Botswana ferry crossing. Some time days, as the two ferries only carry one truck at a time!

Trucks have a long wait at the Botswana ferry crossing. Some time days, as the two ferries only carry one truck at a time!

We drive past a kilometer of trucks on both sides of he road but have only a few cars ahead of us. The ferry takes one truck and two cars. We wait less than an hour they can be there for a month! Colleen contemplating the possible microbial content of an ice cream.
We had to wait for a while on the Botswana n side of the river. I stepped to the right side of the road in search of birds. Fortunately a local pointed out that I was in Zimbabwe and could get locked up for taking photos. I quickly stepped back to the Botswana n side of the border.

Photo by Stephen Powell Wildlife Artist Photographer Marabou Stork

Marabou Stork

Chobe was touted as one of Africa’s greatest wildlife areas and it didn’t let us down. I even found and angle that made this Marabou stork look good.Buffalo formed large herds. We had been warned that they are one of the most dangerous creatures in Africa, so toilet visits were ‘interesting’ when 200+ grazed within 50 meters of our bush camp. How close does the wildlife get? Well this shot of the elephant eye is a bit out of focus because

Photo by Stephen Powell Wildlife Artist Photographer Buffalo

Buffalo

my lens will only focus to 1.6 mt.

Photo by Stephen Powell Wildlife Artist Photographer Elephant Eye

Elephant Eye

 


About Stephen Powell

Stephen has been an active environmentalist working in, field work, public speaking and lobbying at all levels of government. He has spoken at school and community gatherings as well as on radio. His comments on environmental issues have appeared in newspapers and newsletters. His work has attracted a number awards, which include Wildlife Art Society of Australasia & Best Flora or Fauna-Moomba Art Show. His passion shows in his works which are in demand for galleries and as private commissions. Training: Watercolour: ‘The Botanical Art School of Melbourne’ under the internationally acclaimed Jenny Crompton (Phillips) Oil: with the gifted wildlife artist Krystii Melaine. Drawing and field sketching: with Steve Morvell He takes classes and travelled to Mitchell School of Arts to take wildlife art workshops. And the Murrumbidgee School of Creative Arts in Wagga Wagga. McGregor School Uni Southern Queensland Toowoomba. Grafton to be added in 2011.
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1 Response to Now for Chobe National Park – On the Road

  1. Steve Morvell says:

    Loved the shot of Colleen all teary upon witnessing the magnificent falls…….I’m so happy for you Col and for you both to make this fabulous journey !! More power to you both. :))))

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