The Serengeti in Watercolours
June 2013, Volume 11-3

The endless plains of the Serengeti with its warm colours and the multitude of animals were inspiring and exhilarating to the artist Bodo Meier. He succeeded to keep the richness of the African wildlife in watercolour paintings, sketches and drawings. Here the watercolours coalesce with drawings. His experiences collected on many safaris resulted in five sketchbooks of the northern national parks of Tanzania. This collection was published now in two magnificent coffee table books, the first of which is “Painting Safari to the Serengeti”, the second “Painting Safari – Serengeti lives”. The text is in German language, however, the books live from the watercolour paintings anyway.

June_p22The books are – above all – proof of the artist’s love affair with the Serengeti ecosystem and its unparalleled biodiversity, the large herds of wildebeest, zebras and gazelles, buffalos and the hippos in their watery resort, the majestic elephants and the almost extinct rhinos. But there are also the carnivores like the elusive big cats and a rich birdlife that allures birders from all over the world and the typical plants like the baobab and the umbrella thorn.

The first volume starts in the Arusha National Park, a blissful landscape with giraffes and buffalos roaming the soft undulating grassland, the black-and-white colobus monkeys, framed by the high peaks of Kilimanjaro and Mount Meru. From Arusha Bodo Meier brings the reader to Tarangire National Park, which could be called “elephant kingdom”. Here like nowhere else one can see big herds of these giants and the scenery of Tarangire is filled with its botanic equivalent: the baobab. Next he shows the wildlife and the Rift Valley with Lake Manyara. This volume is completed with the Ngorongoro Crater, one of the marvels of the world and the Crater Highland. He also shows the pastoral people of the Maasai tribe and fetches the reader to a hike to Empaakai Crater and to the lonely but active volcano Ol Doinyo Lengai.

In the second volume the artist takes the reader into the Serengeti, fills up the pages with the landscapes of this vast park: the Serengeti Plain, the Kopjes, Seronera Valley, Kirawira in the west, Lobo and Mara in the north. In addition to the multitude of animals that populate the books there are also the unmatched flights in the “Zebra” over the plains together with Marcus Borner, at that time Africa director of Frankfurt Zoological Society. Bodo Meier, born 1949, lives in Bonn, Germany as a painter and illustrator of books and hunting magazines:  www.bodo-meier.de

Bodo Meier
Mal Reise in die Serengeti ISBN 978-3-86230-092-1 and Mal Reise – Serengeti lebt
ISBN 978-3-86230-106-5
Christopherus Publishers Germany bodofwm@t-online.de