An African Water Garden

When we walked around to the far side of the pool, we came to the point where a stream would enter, given the water which the skies would soon supply. The water there suddenly exploded as three or four crocodiles all decided at the same time that they had seen enough of us.

As we walked along the dry stream bed, we came to some pools which still held water and looked as though they had been carefully planted and landscaped. Butterflies fluttered around us as we admired the beautiful dragonflies and artistically arranged water lilies, the whole cameo surviving in close proximity to crocodiles and elephants.

As we left, I saw the feathered owner of the pools, an African jacana or lily-trotter, delicately step out from his hiding place onto the lilypads.

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