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Facing a Giant


Facing a Giant
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Copyright: Natley Prinsloo (Mamagolo2) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 158 W: 1 N: 636] (3124)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-10-24
Categories: Mammals
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/250 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2010-11-02 11:44
Viewed: 2660
Points: 8
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After my daughters wedding on Sunday afternoon I was so tired and decided to take a nap when I heard people calling me to come and see the elephants at the gate, which was standing open. Our chalet was higher than the others so I stood on the veranda watching as a huge bull, cow and a calf walk past the gate. Remembering that there are only 3 elephants at Tshukudu I realized that the cow must be the tame elephant “Bekkie” that was brought up by the owners and then freed back into the wild. She already became mommy three times. But unfortunately the first calf was killed by a rhino and the last baby was killed by a mamba. So the young elephant with her was in fact her second baby. Now from previous experience she would come if you called her so lo and behold what did I do without thinking – I called her and immediately she turned around and walked back to the gate and in fact into the camp looking for the one that called her. I got such a freight as I thought she wouldn’t react on my call because in the past it was the guide that called her and all my friends and family was standing around taking photo’s. Luckily one of the workers were on his way out on his bike and he stopped her. It looked so funny with this huge elephant and the guy standing next to his bike talking to her in a soft African language. Finally he convinced her to turn around but then her calf came to inspect the camp so she turned around and came back into the camp again and the poor guy had his hands full again trying to persuade them that this is not their party. Eventually they turned around and moved off into the bush. When the guide finally heard about it she was long gone into the bush. He was checking a water pump on the other side of the camp and never heard the commotion at the gate. He said he doesn’t think she would hurt anyone but one can never be too careful as she is still a wild animal. So today’s photo has a human in it as I wanted to share this unique experience with you so please forgive me. Tshukudu is an absolutely wonderful place to visit and there is so much to see and enjoy.
Hope you enjoy this photo as much as I did taking it.

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Some drama here! Potentially a very powerfull shot, but with the light a little flat, perhaps, with the sky somewhat OE. I tried a workshop on your picture, I hope you won't mind...

Interesting photo and story, Natley, thanks for sharing

Hi Natley,
a great situation and interesting story. The colours are a bit pale, but perhaps it reflects the light like it was in reality?
Thanks for sharing this moment with us.
Pierre

Oh Nooo...what are they trying to do, blocking his exit? Fabulous wonderful beautiful image. Elephants are such magnificent creatures and I don't think I have ever seen them interacting with a human other than in captivity which, without exception, is a terrible sight for me. This is very special. TFS.
Neels

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