Sketching wildebeest bones, Masai Mara, Kenya

Sketching on the windswept Masai Mara plains has been an absorbing challenge. I am fascinated by the various stages– or taphonomy–of decay and decomposition of animal bones and carcasses on the plain (and how they sometimes by chance become fossilized). Bleaching bones are an integral, everyday part of the landscape here in the Mara, telling stories of lives lost and of life carrying on in one of the most magnificent places on earth. The hunt, the kill, feasting predators, lively scavengers, and finally lonely bones left to tell the tale: all stages of this process of life, death, and renewal are endlessly fascinating to observe.

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