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(a) ILALA PALM MORNING – An Original Oil Painting
I took the photograph that provided the reference for this painting in the Okavango Delta in Botswana. They are a group of young bulls; having left their maternal herd they must now make their own way in the world. Young bulls such as this will often tag along with older, mature bulls and in this way they learn about elephant society. They must be careful however as the old bulls can become grumpy and cantankerous, particularly when they come into musth and their testosterone starts to boil.
The Ilala Palms (Hyphaene Coriacea) produce a fruit called vegetable ivory. The fruit take up to two years to mature on the trees and can then take another two years before falling to the ground. They are covered in a tough, glossy brown skin but below this is a soft spongy fibre that elephants love to eat. Held within the fibre is the seed itself, a hard, circular white ball resembling ivory – hence the name. Elephants swallow the entire fruit, sometimes not even taking the time to chew. The spongy fibre is digested and the seed passes through the elephant unharmed, emerging at the other end and dropping to the ground surrounded by a rich supply of fertilizer! Ilala Palms are usually associated with water and they occur most commonly along river banks but in some places there are lines of Ilala’s stretching far inland, sometimes for hundreds of kilometres. It is said that these lines follow the old elephant migration routes and it is the elephant’s appetites that have allowed the Ilalas to colonise areas that would otherwise have been beyond their reach.
This is an original oils on canvas painting. It is delivered stretched and ready to hang. Free worldwide shipping.
Size: 1200mm x 800mm
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