This was really close to us! So much so that it was only as we went past it that he became visible. The jeep was quickly slammed into reverse and back we went, a few metres, and there he was. A feeding wild elephant 3, maybe 4 metres from us.
Just pulling strips of leaves off the trees, standing on them and then using his trunk to strip the leaves from the woody part of the tree and then, again, using his trunk to push them into the great pouch that is his mouth, masticate , repeat.
It was all very careful, deliberate and slow. No one was going to rush this animal unless he decieded a bit of rushing is what you needed.
Thought he also looked in black and white too. Shows up the texture of the skin nicely.
At one point we thought he had been spooked by noisy people in the jeep next to us. The elephant took a couple of quick steps forward. Our driver evidently thought he had been spooked too because he started the engine tout suite! However, the elephant resumed his eating and we all relaxed.
All except Boy-Child who was more than a little bit spooked by such a big wild animal making threatening movements not more than a three metres away from us. All he did though was watch carefully while he ate (Elephant not boy-child!).
For some reason I kept focusing on his mouth. I loved the backlit hairs around the mouth in particular. What are they for?
This will be a blog about my latest shots and what I liked or was trying to do with them
I am a teacher of Economics and have worked in various schools in Europe & Asia. One of the things I love doing is getting out and about with my camera.