One Day on the Pans

acrylic on canvas, 24" X 48"

When the rains come to northern Botswana, the great sand rivers fill with water and flow into their ancestral drainage, the Great Makgadikgadi Salt Pans, forming a large shallow lake. Myriads of tiny crustaceans emerge from the salty sediment and, as if drawn by a magnet, thousands of flamingoes fly in from the north to build their mud nests in the shallow waters, safe from local preditors. Seen from the shore, this flamingo hoarde sets the horizon on fire with a brilliant band of fluorecent pink.