Nelspruit, South Africa
Painting - Oil On Canvas
The photo that prompted me to paint this sunset was taken by Dean Wilkinson, a young game ranger/photographer friend of mine. The photo was taken South of Balule in the Kruger Park. I made some changes to the original tree and the sky. Dean told me the following, "in summer the sky turns that orange colour for about two or three minutes before the sun goes down so you have to get all the settings on the camera right or you miss the shot". As I live in the Lowveld of South Africa I have experienced many stunning like these. The hot summers justify the colors of the sunsets here.
There are many such trees in the Kruger Park. Big old trees that have been blackened by fire or lightning or died naturally from old age. What is interesting is these old dead trees stand for many years like sentinels, branches drop off from time to time and fall to the ground. The main stems remain standing however are often used as look out points for birds of pray and one will often see an eagle, vulture or falcon perched on the higher branches. One day the whole tree will eventually fall to the ground and then it becomes a home to snakes, ants, worms and smaller creatures until it turns into sawdust and that in turn becomes food for the soil itself. Nature sure is wonderful and makes provision for all as has the old tree right up to the end of its life.
October 28th, 2014
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