I would be…
…to find any beauty…
….in these arachnids
although many would disagree.
not filled or occupied.
Makgadikgadi Salt Pans…
…are located on the North Eastern edge of
Botswana’s Kalahari Desert.
We drove for several hours over what appeared
to be empty acres of salt.
The only time we knew there was life was when
we sighted some wildlife.
Lekhubu Island, our destination,
was a pleasant site on the horizon…
…which only temporarily blocked our view of the emptiness…
…all round us.
The emptiness did make for a beautiful sunset…
…followed by an equally beautiful sunrise
in the morning.
Packed and ready to go,
we were soon out of salt pans…
…however, apart from the occasional tree
the landscape was still very empty.
Kalahari Scrub Robin
Winter shadows on the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG).
The MCG was the site of the 1956 Olympics,
the 2006 Games
and countless Cricket and (AFL) Football Matches.
Summer Shadows in…
Google will tell you that
Botswana’s Lekhubu Island
was once surrounded by water and…
…may have looked something like this.
In 2014, however, it was a bare salt pan
…of much plant life and even less animal life.
Our little island in the desert was
surrounded by nothing…
…almost as far as the eye could see.
After spending a greater portion of our day
driving over narrow bush tracks, followed by…
…several traversing Sua (Salt) Pan
which is part of the
Makgadikgadi Salt Pans,
we finally arrived at
our destination….Lekhubu Island.
To describe Lekhubu island as ‘desolate’ would be…
…an understatement in my opinion.
…which at sun down provided a beautiful natural frame.
Up early next morning to capture a sunrise
and another silhouetted baobab tree.
It may have appeared desolate and amenities,
in 2014, a bit primitive,
but it was certainly
a worthwhile experience.
The Kalahari Scrub Robin…
was centred as I began to push
the shutter down.
Still it was moving so quickly that
it almost disappeared from view.
A fast moving Scrub Robin…
…more than once left me with a photo
of nothing apart from stones and leaves.