“Makgadikgadi- The Only Spring”
Impression Original Painted By
Julie A M Edwards
Medium: Windsor Newton Professional Acrylique
on Cotton Canvas
Magadigadi is an enormous salt pan located in beautiful Botswana, and for much of the year remains dry and desolate until the annual rains arrive. The pan then transforms into an expansive shallow lake no more than knees deep. This attracts an array of birdlife including flocks of flamingoes, pelicans, and animal life. The migrating zebra and wildebeest from the north utilize the grassy plains which provide good grazing.
Much of the region has been set aside as a National Park and bird sanctuary to protect this magnificent landscape.
I have spent more than 30 years exploring this area. The expansive grassy plains dotted with Baobabs and acacias along the fringes of the salt pans provide a place of reflection, isolation and incredible beauty. I love it so much I even spent my 40th and 50th birthdays camped on the fringes of Magadigadi pan.
The cycle of life continues with the rainy season coming to an end and the pans begin to dry up until all that remains is a few perennial springs for the wildlife to drink.
Traditional people residing in the surrounding area bring their domestic cattle to share the same springs with the wildlife.
A story of the waterhole, this is the most important place on the dry African plain.
Above is my own impression of a moment in time I attempted to capture onto the canvas. I have tried to create a story of “Pula”, “water”, is life, and unites us all, here is a tranquil scene, domestic and wild animal life around the waterhole. In the far edges of the vast you can see an odd Baobab Tree dotted in the fringes of the pan.
I hope you enjoy this scene as much as I enjoyed painting it.
Lets help protect our wild areas for future generations!