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The Asian Elephant Series 34

The Asian Elephant Series 34
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Copyright: Goldy RS (goldyrs) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 974 W: 51 N: 2913] (11497)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-05-14
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon S2 IS
Exposure: f/4, 1/160 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Full of tenderness / Pleine de tendresse, The Asian Elephant Series [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-08-19 3:01
Viewed: 3673
Points: 60
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
As Indians, we grow up with a lot of folk tales. The Jataka Stories are one such compilation of stories for children. These stories are now documented, most lost with time, since they were told and passed from generation to generation.MOst of them had some moral.
Here's one about friendship.
The Elephant and the Dog

Once upon a time, there was a Royal elephant that used to reside in the premises of the king’s palace. The elephant was very dear to the king, so he was cared, well-fed and well-treated. There was a Dog who used to live in the neighborhood of the Elephant shed. He was very weak and skinny. He was always fascinated by the smell of the rich sweet rice being fed to the royal elephant.

One day, the Dog could not resist the aroma of the rice and somehow, he sneaked into the Elephant’s shed. He ate the sweet rice that fell from the Elephant’s mouth. He liked the rice so much, that he started coming daily to eat the rice. For days, the huge Elephant didn’t notice the small dog as he was busy in enjoying the delicious food. Gradually, the Dog became bigger and stronger by eating such rich food. He came under the notice of the Elephant.

The Elephant used to enjoy the company of the Dog and started sharing his food with him. Both of them also started sharing time with each other and soon, they made good friends. They ate together, slept together and played together. While playing, the Elephant would hold the Dog in his trunk and swing him back and forth. It didn’t take long, when neither of them was happy without the other. They became great friends and didn’t want to get separated from each other.

Then one day, a man saw the Dog and asked the Elephant-keeper, “I want to buy this Dog. What price do you seek for the Dog?” The Elephant-keeper didn’t own the Dog still he sold the Dog and extracted a sum of money out of this deal. The man took the Dog to his home village, which was quite far away. The King’s Elephant became very sad after this incident. He missed his friend a lot and started neglecting everything. He didn’t want to do anything without his dear friend, so stopped eating, drinking and even bathing.

Ultimately, the Elephant-keeper reported this to the King; however he didn’t tell anything about the Dog. The King had a wise minister, who was known for his understanding of animals. At once, the King asked the minister, “Go to the Elephant shed and find out the reason for the Elephant’s condition”. The intelligent minister went to the Elephant shed and found the Elephant very sad. He looked the Elephant all over and asked the Elephant-keeper, “There is nothing wrong with this Elephant’s body, then why does he look so sad? I think this Elephant is grief stricken, possibly due to the loss of a dear friend. Do you know if this Elephant shared a close friendship with anyone?”

The Elephant-keeper said, “There was a Dog who used to eat, sleep and play with the Elephant. He has been taken by a stranger three days ago”. The Minister asked, “Where is the Dog?” and he replied,”I don’t know”. The minister went back to the King and said, “Your majesty, as per my opinion, the royal Elephant is not sick, but he is lonesome without his dear friend, the Dog”. The King said, “You’re right, friendship is one of the most wonderful things of life. Do you know where that Dog is?”

The Minister replied, “Elephant-keeper has informed that a stranger took him away and he didn’t know about his whereabouts”. The King asked, “How can we bring back my Elephant’s friend and make him happy again?” The Minister suggested, “Your Majesty, make a declaration, that whoever has the dog that used to live at the Royal Elephant’s shed will be penalized”. The King did the same and the man who took the dog, instantly turned him loose when he heard the proclamation.

When got free, the Dog ran back as fast as he could to reach the Elephant’s shed. The Elephant was so delighted to see the Dog that he picked his friend with his trunk and made him sit on his head. The Dog waved his tail, while the Elephant’s eyes sparkled with happiness. The King was contented to see the happy Elephant once again. He also rewarded the minister for his wise judgment. Both, the Elephant and the Dog lived happily thereafter.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2009-08-19 3:07]

Hello Goldy
Perfect focus. Very nice capture. I liked POV, DOF, colors, lighting and composition very much.Congratulations.Their series with Elephants is very much interesant and beautiful.Best regards Siggi

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2009-08-19 3:22]

Hi Goldy,
as usual this excellent composition and well presented capture of these elephant catches the eye. Very lovely with tall grsss giving a good foreground effect.
What a beautiful view.


Hello Goldy,lovely shot of these cute family.
TFS and regards,

Excellent photo, sharp and natural colors, I realy like the Elephant series too much.

Hola Goldy,
estas fotografías me hacen pensar en vuestra tierra y me dan ganas de irme para allá jeje.
Bonitos colores y un fondo estupendo.
Saludos cordiales: Josep Ignasi.

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  • cirano Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 997 W: 0 N: 944] (13609)
  • [2009-08-19 4:43]

Slav Goldy,
Wonderful capture of these cute family with excellent sharpness and natural colors.Very well done my friend.

An excellently detailed capture of the elephant hide Goldy. And the lighting is great with the "little" one captured in the shadow of its bigger friend. :)


Hello Goldy,
A very well exposed image.
Details are excellently shown.
Composition best and excellent POV.

Wowwww... what a lovely scene of this happy elephant family members l'il bro. You know i love your elephants shot as always.
TFS and have a nice day Bro!


My best compliments dor this magnificente capture in excellent clarity and DOF. Very well done. Bravo Goldy.


Namastay Goldy,

Wonderfully focused shot of these lovely elephants...amazing!
The natural colors of the elephants is well shown. The greenery around them is giving great contrast to the colors of the elephants. They seems to be enjoying your photo-session :) Sharpness and POV are great, as always.
Yeah, I remember this story...thanks for reminding such great childhood moments.

Thanks for sharing suh great work!

warm greetings,
Paras bhalla

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-08-19 6:52]

Hello Goldy,
A nice story to go with another excellent Elephant capture of two young ones that also enjoy friendship.
The lighting and colours are superb depicting these two in their natural habitat.
Thanks for this delight,
All the best,

Hello Goldy,

This a nice capture of this Asian Elephant family series with lovely sharpness & details.

Well done & TFS.



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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2009-08-19 9:42]

Hi Goldy,isn't easy to find words to comment a beautiful perfection like that...and a beautiful example of wildlife too....just my best compliments for this wonderful work,have a nice day,LUCIANO

Hello Goldy,
Very nice capture, superb natural colours. Sharpness and background are excellent.

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2009-08-19 13:38]

Hi Goldy

This is a very nice and moody shot from you!
I really like the feel this images gives its viewer - i for one smiled when looking at it :)
The quality of the shot is also great and the colors and details are wonderfully reproduced. Further more, i like the soft light and the slightly blurred BG that integrate the elephants very well into the frame.

Bravo and TFS

hello Goldy

excellent and beautiful photo of the young and adult Asian Elephants,
with fine frontal POV, fine focus excellent sharpness and details,
and a wonderful eye-contact of the adult, TFS


Hi Goldy,

very nice picture from this elephants.
Good pov and sharpness.
Your so lucky to see this great animals in the wild.


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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2009-08-20 2:11]

hello Goldy,
You must have a special feeling for elephants to make all these wonderful shots. Again such an interesting and well presented picture. To look at this mother and the baby elephant is so interesting, it seems to take place a vivid communication between both. Very touching story too.
Thanks a lot and kind regards

Hello Goldy
J'adore tes photos d'elephants surtout s'il y a un bébé avec, cette image est superbe comme toujours, belle vue de face
la composition de l'image est magnifique : les couleurs, les details, la luminosité et le decor naturel
Passe une bonne nuit

Hi Goldy,

The point of view is showing the details and colors of the elephants. It is clear and precise. The vegetation is framing well the animal. The colors are enhanced by the good luminosity. Have a nice day.


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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2009-08-21 19:04]

Hi Goldy,
I LOVE the composition on this one, the old and the young interacting together.
It looks like they are having a special moment together.
A great scene with beautiful light and sharp details.
TFS. : )

Hi Goldy,
the elephant i s one of my favourite animals, in this picture you give us a great portrait and a beautiful moment of their family life, bravo
kind regards

Hello Goldy,
wonderful capture of these Asian Elephants in a very effective and beautiful sidelight. I especially like your composition with the parent in full light and the young animal in the shadow of it and yet we have this nice frontview on both elephants. Good sharpness and natural colours. Congratulations to this fine composition.
Best wishes,

Hello Goldy,
a perfectly composed, cheerfully lively, loveable encounter. I like both elephants' poses of strolling together in intimate contact, the gently sunny light sculpturing the large elephant's body while placing the baby elephant into nicely protecting shadow. The forest in the distance is a beautiful natural background while the line of horizon seems to indicate that your picture was taken from another elephant's back. Nice picture, very pleasant to look at.
Nice story, too. Makes me smile to imagine the scene of unition with the happy dog sitting on the happy elephant's head.
Thank you! With best regards,

P.S.: Thank you for your visit and very kind words about Selene.

Hello Goldy, my dear friend
recently I have not often met your posts. I'd like to see more shot from your camera.
this is very nice capture for famous Indian elephant and young. focus, POV, composition and BG of natural biotop very nice. notes also good. especially story nice.
thanks for sharing, best wishes my friend

hello Goldy
very beautiful picture, very beautiful presentation

Hello Goldy,

What an enchanting shot!
Who couldn't be captivated by this family scene.
The focus is spot-on to capture the details and the composition is lovely.

Kind regards,
Bev :-)

Hi Goldy...
Fantastic picture with very good information...Your notes very informative....Perfect picture with excellent details.....TFS.

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2009-10-05 9:20]

Hello Goldy,
A beautiful image of this Asian Elephant and it's baby. The colors and details both of the elephants and their surroundings is excellent. I read too the tale of the elephant and his friend the dog and found it very pleasing, thank you very much for sharing both.

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