New leaves, new grass, new lives, new year, new experiences. It goes on and on. It is such a gift to live these moments, not only as a spectator but in it and part of it.
We have been having some decent rain over the last couple of weeks, the land has had its thirst quenched, trees are in full leaf, lush green pastures through the plains, little puddles shimmering in the occasional sun. A true paradise for all, the hippos are having the time of their lives with water and lush grass. What a world to be born in, the wilderbeest calves open their eyes to a contrast of colours no description will do justice. There are plenty of insects around, whether looking for the sweet nectar of the blooming flowers or lush green leaves and grasshoppers are working away on the carpet of grass. Everywhere one looks there is something to prove life. This is the time where the primary have flourished, the secondary also flourishes and the tertiary does too.
With the odds in great favour of the vegeterian species, they get healthy and use the opportunity to breed and spread their genes. The same odds favour the carnivorous predators, whether the calves at their venerable time or the healthy adults. Lions, hyena, and leopards, bee-eaters, rollers and eagles, all benefit from this glorious time and they too take the advantage to breed and spread their genes. This is the circle that life rotates, generations and generations come and go, a perfect balance if left to its course, only when man stretches a hand and interferes does it go wrong.
All I am trying to say is that, the selous game reserve at this particular season is a true paradise. Spectacular sceneries like paintings with animals spread out between the green carpet and the dramatic skies. Birds of all colours and sizes, carmine bee-eaters fly next to the vehicle as you drive through the plains, like soldiers sending out a tank only this war is on grasshoppers, like red arrows no hopper trying to flee from the vehicle is safe.
With all this beauty, a few days ago I had my highlight. A beautiful python approximately 4 meters slithered in front of me at our signal hill. The light was just right and it brought out its amazing golden colour, like art patterned with chocolate brown, she was a true beauty.