Before the rain season the land is bone dry and herds of elephants are eeking a living by finding tufts of dry grass or by peeling the bark of tree trunks or even twigs! One's heart goes out to such a tiny creature which probably doesn't get enough of mother's milk at this crucial time.
Nature plays a balancing act with the lives of many of its creatures and with global warming one wonders if the rains are coming later and later, putting lives in peril (those of humans included.)
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corjan3 (2095) 2012-12-07 19:09
Hello Claudio, what an excellent photograph and an informative accompanying note. The composition is outstanding and the suffering is clearly visible by the poor condition of both mother and baby. Quite a sad view.
SnapRJW (31089) 2012-12-07 21:28
Hello Klaudio - My favorite animals, I think. This is lovely. Mother and baby walk for hours in search of food and water. It's been a long time since the seasonal rains but any time after the beginning of October there should be some.
This year in Namibia the rains are a little late but the clouds are building and there have been a few drops.
Warm regards rosemary
thebest (4276) 2012-12-07 21:32
How wonderful is this photo - perfection....
The perfect positioning of the baby is well captured by yourself.
The clarity - POV & content all '' EXCELLENT'' A really beautiful moment.
I would like to wish you & your family '' A VERY HAPPY CHRISTMAS '' with much love & good health in the New Year.
cargus (8355) 2012-12-07 22:21
Beautiful composition, beautiful colors, well framed and rendered image well.!
emka (78828) 2012-12-07 23:35
Hi Klaudio, How cute the baby elephant is! And he is so small, I haven't seen such a small elephant. Poor baby. Hopefully they survived dry season.
Beautiful photo, heartwarming.
have a nice weekend Malgo
pajaran (52030) 2012-12-07 23:52
Kod mene je poceo dan sa jakim vetrom, sneg provejava, temperatura je 0 C stepeni.
Lep pogled na slonicu sa slonicem ...
Dobar trenutak snimka, ostrina i kontrast, lepe boje.
Dobar tekst i kompozicija, lepo pokazana slonica sa slonicem.
Sacuvajmo prirodu i zivotinje, za bolje sutra i nasa pokolenja.
Sve najbolje sa lepim secanjem na odmor i 2010. godinu.
mayjayne (3497) 2012-12-08 5:12
Your shot is very well timed; the positioning is brilliant. I saw many herds of elephants in South Africa, but this baby elephant mmust be the tiniest I have ever seen ! Makes him so much more vulnerable..
holmertz (40971) 2012-12-08 5:34
This is a cute and touching photo and also a bit worrying. The little one really seems to need more food. I am amazed at how you captured the baby's head and trunk as a perfect parallel to its mother's leg, just a narrow slice of space between them.
dkmurphys (49228) 2012-12-08 5:41
Nice and attractive wildlife capture. Good catch, enjoy the weekend.
Sonata11 (33235) 2012-12-08 6:35
beautiful composition of those elephants and the beautiful framing. You captured this scene wonderfully in perfect timing. Wonderfully executed with great management of light, colors, sharpness, clarity. I like it. Well done.
Warmest regards and have a great WE,
batalay (35559) 2012-12-09 6:28
Somber, sober, but extraordinarily endearing shot, and, together with your micro-essay, it a powerful example of photojournalism.
mesutilgim (84272) 2012-12-11 14:17
Such a nice family ! Amazing capture which letst the viewer think, how this little baby elephant will grow and get the size of her mother !
Good job done !
TFS and best regards
Wanda1 (14982) 2013-02-22 21:27
This is so sweet, the baby is so tiny compared to it's huge mother, and I like how it is framed exactly by the mothers legs, and in turn the mother framed by the trees on either side. The surroundings really gives us a taste of the dryness and can imagine the difficulty for the animals to find enough sustenance and water during these harsh times. An endearing nature image.
You seem to have been quite close to them, or did you have a long zoom?
clic (14890) 2013-03-18 12:12
I see the essence of a touching scenery featuring the common aura bundling up mother and baby.
You show the truth of wilderness in a genuine harshness decor enliven of those colourful leaves at upper left that tease hunger of that family!