Friday, June 3, 2011

The little things in the Selous

Most people come to the Selous for the unnecessarily and frighteningly large animals.  Well, they also come for the scenery and walking, the boat cruises and fishing, the sunsets and sundowners, the relaxation and the adventure.  But mostly people come for the really big animals.

At this time of the year, however, as the green season wanes, one's eye is just as often drawn to the little flashes of color in the Selous as the prehistoric forms of the large mammals.  As the sun illuminated Kiba yesterday morning, I decided to take an hour to capture just a few of the little, and most colorful, organisms in the camp.

This flower is called Lion's Claw for its prickly pod beneath the orange blossoms, a name which has earned it a place among Africa's 'Green Five'

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