Etosha Magic – Green, Wet and Amazing

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Etosha lookout, near Halali | Photo ©Annabelle Venter

Photographer, writer and general creative wonder Annabelle Venter recently embarked on a weekend tour of one of her favourite spots in Namibia (if not the world). It was mid-March and Annabelle pointed her camera in all directions, capturing the marvel of nature in action after good rains in the Etosha National Park.

BEFORE AND AFTER THE RAIN 23- 24 MARCH 2014 | Photo ©Annabelle Venter

BEFORE AND AFTER THE RAIN 23- 24 MARCH 2014 | Photo ©Annabelle Venter

 

Etosha, Rhino and egret | Photo ©Annabelle Venter

Etosha, Rhino and egret | Photo ©Annabelle Venter

Here is a short summary in her own words and the beautiful photos she generously shared with us.

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Etosha was absolutely magical this weekend. It’s as though summer has just started there – indeed the staff said the rain only arrived in March this year.

Etosha, black faced impalas in the rain | Photo ©Annabelle Venter

Etosha, black faced impalas in the rain | Photo ©Annabelle Venter

 

Etosha, Kapupahedi waterhole with storm approaching | Photo ©Annabelle Venter

Etosha, Kapupahedi waterhole with storm approaching | Photo ©Annabelle Venter

 

Pools on the Goas-Nuams road in Etosha | Photo ©Annabelle Venter

Pools on the Goas-Nuams road in Etosha | Photo ©Annabelle Venter

It smells so strongly of ‘green’ – and not just the wild sage, but sweet and spicy aromas.

Long stems with fresh pink flowers are everywhere and the yellow cleomes just starting to flower in some places.

Etosha, wet yellow cleomes | Photo ©Annabelle Venter

Etosha, wet yellow cleomes | Photo ©Annabelle Venter

 

Etosha, country garden | Photo ©Annabelle Venter

Etosha, country garden | Photo ©Annabelle Venter

 

Cahritsaub tree - new growth. Etosha | Photo ©Annabelle Venter

Cahritsaub tree – new growth. Etosha | Photo ©Annabelle Venter

The nebrowniis are spring green and even the dour old Charitsaub tree is sparkling green as though it’s had ‘highlights’ done! Not a cat in sight but many other delightful sights like wet blue cranes with babies.

At first the pan was dry around Halali – yesterday afternoon I photographed two baby plovers foraging along the edge with their parents.

Etosha: plover and baby | Photo ©Annabelle Venter

Etosha: plover and baby | Photo ©Annabelle Venter

 

Etosha, Chestnut-banded plover chick | Photo ©Annabelle Venter

Etosha, Chestnut-banded plover chick | Photo ©Annabelle Venter

 

Etosha, blue crane and chick | Photo ©Annabelle Venter

Etosha, blue crane and chick | Photo ©Annabelle Venter

Last night we had a huge storm and this morning it had transformed the pan into a silvery grey lake with an ominous blue-black sky above it.

Etosha lookout, near Halali | Photo ©Annabelle Venter

Etosha lookout, near Halali | Photo ©Annabelle Venter

 

Etosha, ostrich on pan | Photo ©Annabelle Venter

Etosha, ostrich on pan | Photo ©Annabelle Venter

In the distance a lone ostrich carefully made its way back to shore. The gently lapping water had seemingly swallowed up the plovers – or perhaps a small falcon sitting on the fencing was responsible for that.

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2 Comments

  1. Johan Jooste says:

    Pragtige fotos Annabelle en ek hou baie van die manier hoe jy die water en wat daarmee saamgaan vasgevang het. Ek dink die diere is die blyste van almal vir die mildelike reën die jaar.

  2. Lydia Jooste says:

    Amazing foto’s!

    Ons is van die 14de April af in Etosha. Lyk my ons met swemklere en kano’s saamvat! Wonderlik om so baie water te sien.

    Groetnis
    Lydia

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