Dao Van Hoang
Large Flying Fox (Pteropus vampyrus)
Acrylic on Canvas
23.6 x 31.4 inches
In the mangrove bordering Ho Chi Minh City, where I live, there is a colony of this large fruit bat. Seeing them emerge from the dense and entangled mangrove in the evening is quite a spectacle. Nothing much reflects the sunset light except the occasional golden glow of their upper body fur. The rest, especially their leathery wings, is absorbed and blended into the forest’s colors and the night, making them as camouflaged as a squadron out on a secret mission in the enemy’s territory.