Brian Denton is a big elephant fan so this one is for you Brian! Taken in the Tsavo National Park, in Kenya, this family group displays the familiar red colour for which they are known. Elephants use mud as a skin protector and here their colour is a result of the coating of mud.
I like to think that this group is a family group with twins but the likelihood of seeing a female elephant with twin calves is exceedingly rare and almost never happens. The reason for this is that both twins seldom survive the natural odds which are stacked against them.
Predators such as lion and hyena are a typical threat to the young elephants, especially if the calves become separated from the herd. Over and above the danger of predation is the probability that the mother will not be able to provide enough milk to both calves, resulting in the survival of the calf with the most determination. If the female does have twins, it is likely that the weaker one will die before it reaches the age of six months.
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rigoletto (34269) 2013-10-21 7:12
"ellies"... i'll keep this in mind :)
beautiful light on them, even the lady in shade has a touch of wormth on her skin and her details are visible to the tiniest wrinkle. the babes are just adorable. i have heard the fame of tsavo and along with masai mara, it will be a definite destination for my Kenya trip.
snunney (89018) 2013-10-21 7:21
A charming capture of this mini herd of elephants. The close framing works well here. Lovely warm light and colours.
olive224 (2719) 2013-10-21 8:11
It's always an great emotion for an europeen people like me to see those elephants. Because we only see them on TV or in zoo... or worse : circus....
This elephant family is really moving me ;)
It's a shame that people kill them for money....
Thanks for sharing them with us;)
Kamilutka (8105) 2013-10-21 8:34
very charming picture! The family of the elphants during lunch and in their natural environment - great shot! Love the warm tones and light!
Thanks for sharing
worldcitizen (7505) 2013-10-21 8:38
What a precious scene. The baby elephants are adorable, and it's lovely to see this family together. I like the warm lighting on the back of the adult. It seems that the slightly older baby is caring for the smaller ones. Elephants are so caring and sensitive, and it's a privilege to see a photo of them in the wild.
macjake (60596) 2013-10-21 8:47
so lucky to have been able to travel to Kenya, but I suppose for you the distance isn't that far :)
looks like they could all use a dose of skin cream to tighten up those wrinkles :)
lovely animals aren't they, such a shame that WE humans are their #1 predator. Humans are the most intelligent species on the planet, but in so many ways we are the stupidest and dumbest of them all.
lets hope all of these guys make it through and live a full life.
beautiful photo with warm light, absolutely love it.
Romano46 (18472) 2013-10-21 9:45
immagino che avrai fatto contento Brian, ma al di là di questo, la foto è straordinaria sia per la particolare situazione che sei riuscita a riprendere, con l'elefentessa con due gemelli, che, come detto nelle note è un evento piuttosto raro, ma anche bel il bel colore che ricopre in particolare l'elefante più alto che brilla alla luce del sole.
Molto ben riuscita anche la ripresa per via della posizione degli animali che sembrano volerti aiutare a fare una bella composizione, e nello stesso tempo ottima la gestione della luce pur trovandoti in una situazione nella quale coesistevano sia luce che ombra.
Eccellenti, come sei solita fare, sia i colori che la nitidezza.
Una foto molto, molto bella.
Ciao e buona settimana
holmertz (44458) 2013-10-21 10:59
This is probably the loveliest picture of the day and certainly the one that touches my heart the most. What a privilege to witness these beauties and to have the time to take a technically perfect photo.
I am not the kind of "animal lover" who thinks that cats and dogs are almost more important than people, but I do believe that the ruthless poaching of threatened species such as elephants, rhinos, tigers and others should be regarded as more or less equal to a crime against humanity and punished accordingly. The stupidity and cruelty of some people is just unbelievable.
siudzi (34131) 2013-10-21 11:16
Wow! What a scene here! Love it! Absolutely amazing pic of these beautiful big animals captured in their natural environment. Superb quality achieved. Congrats!
williewhistler (15413) 2013-10-21 12:30
Hello Rosemary,what a delightful shot,the little group are nicely seperated in the clearing where the sumptious light accentuates every fold of the elephants skin.
A most charming study of ellies..
Kind regards Les.
lousat (81666) 2013-10-21 13:44
Hi Rosemary,i been ther 2 times and this is a great memory to me,a lucky meeting whit this elephants family,great capture whit magnificent details and colors,so real that seems to be there..ehehe...have a nice day and thanks,Luciano
mvdisco (17784) 2013-10-21 20:03
Bonjour Rosemary, hi,
Beautiful caught of view of these elephant family,
Nice POV. and DOF. well presented and composed,
Nice tone of colors and light in a sharp details,
My compliments. ...Michel
fabbs99 (16815) 2013-10-21 23:22
Wonderful shot of this herd of elephants.Nice frame to get everybody inside with good sharpness and clarity.Veruy well done.TFS.
jjcordier (78388) 2013-10-21 23:34
Tu as réalisé une magnifique photo de cette belle famille d'éléphants. Superbe rencontre sous une très bonne lumière.
adidas5nb (5685) 2013-10-22 0:09
beautiful family portrait..:) love the warmth in the pic.lovely light and colors.
timecapturer (49288) 2013-10-22 1:09
you knew I would love this one, so thanks for the dedication. To see these magnificent creatures in the wild must be amazing, and capturing a group like this just wonderful. All ages and sizes here and posing perfectly. I am trying not to think about them losing one of the cute little twins, but the realities are always hard to bear, lets hope they make it. Super image and presented beautifully. Thanks again.
My only critique today as off to London in the pouring rain to celebrate a birthday.
Nicou (128896) 2013-10-22 2:08
quelle merveille sueprbe famille déléphants dans la savane avec le parents et le petite c'est une mervielle ce sont de superbes animaux les éléphant quel c'est beua, bravo.
Sergiom (66255) 2013-10-22 5:07
On dirait que la petite famille fait un petit pique nique à la campagne. J'aime voir comment les parents font cercle autour des bébés pour les protéger des prédateurs. La lumière est magnifique sur le dos du mâle.
dkmurphys (52233) 2013-10-22 6:26
Very nice wildlife scene. Those animals are spectacular. Well taken, enjoy a good evening.
ourania (35852) 2013-10-22 10:08
this is a wonderful family portrait, heart warming and harmonious. I love the 3D effect as well as the sharp details and textures. It's a fascinating photo for studying characters and relationships. The atmosphere is calm and delightful and everyone seems to feel safe and at ease. The harmony is also expressed through the elephants' placement and postures that create a fine sense of symmetry and rhythm. The play of light and the natural colours are very lovely too. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a lovely evening,
clic (15912) 2013-10-22 13:30
What a touching exotic scenery featuring the youngsters learning good manners from the most-intelligent adult animals on Earth!
I'm very grateful to you for having explained the reason of thier red-color sparkle!
tyro (21766) 2013-10-22 13:59
Well, I knew that Brian would love this beautiful family photograph - and, of course why wouldn't he?
This is a perfect group photograph, the elephants all appearing quite relaxed and natural in their family group in lovely surroundings.
Seen at full-size on "beta" TE we can fully appreciate the fabulous technical quality of this picture. The light, colours and exposure are all perfect, the composition both excellent and pleasing and the details and sharpness are exquisite.
abmdsudi (46196) 2013-10-22 20:43
They have their freedom and looking great there I like your tight framing showing these beautiful herd of ellies in their natural habitat. Excellent exposure with some superb detail, textures, colours and warm side lighting really adds so much impact and equally fabulous in contrast against the background, hopefully the young ones survive.... Well done shot, Congrats
Noel_Byrne (26998) 2013-10-23 5:00
It must be so cool to see these mighty animals in person like this. Here, I get to see them behind the walls of the zoo, but I remember you mentioned to me when we met that you dont need to do that, as you have these animals for real, and what a sight they create. One thing that always stands out for me in your nature shots is the incredible light and textures you are able to capture, and have done so once again here. The elephants skin looks so incredibly detailed. Lovely shot, straight from the heart of Nat Geo.
All the best
bayno (18344) 2013-10-23 9:26
Hello Rosemary...i love too this animals, in India is never free like in Africa, you was not very far...125 mm focal lens...and was the puppies, the light is fantastic as the details....we can count the wrinkles...lovely colors of the skin too....excellent...
ChrisJ (103565) 2013-10-23 11:11
Wow! A lot of elephants here and great to see them in their natural environment. Good sharpness and I like the warm cold colour contrast between the reddish hides and the blue sky. Effective tight framing with no part of the screen wasted yet still with good breathing space right around. Tfs!
serp2000 (41882) 2013-10-24 7:52
This photo could be a symbol of Family. So cute animals, thank you for your reports from savanna. Do you have the elephants in Namibia? Very attractive photo, I can't passed by on your page.
All the best wishes from the snowy Russia!
HimalAnda (10227) 2013-10-25 11:04
That's a nice picture of this elephant family. The composition and the sharpness are very good.
jcpix (13812) 2013-10-26 21:31
What an endearing and heartfelt image this is, and you've captured it at just the right moment it would appear, to see each and every elephant within the family. So sad to think of the low survival rates. They're such majestic creatures, and you've done them proud by producing such a well detailed and sharp image of them in their natural habitat...a family portrait I suppose. :) Great notes to accompany this fine image, detailing the red coloring. A top notch photo from top to bottom, this really turned out well!
Have a great day ahead. Take good care.
By the way, I have a friend who works at a zoo and I would love to share this picture with him. Do you have this anywhere on Facebook that I could do that?
adores (40392) 2013-10-30 15:59
A very nice group that you framed very well! I like the colours! Life is not easy for most art of the species, but the two little ones are very cute, hope they will survive!
dale54 (6707) 2013-10-31 6:42
wow..nice capture..hello rosemary,beautiful happy scene looking at them enjoying the day..the color is superb! dale
batalay (36725) 2013-10-31 16:37
What an extraordinarily beautiful photograph. The toddlers do indeed look like twins, but your highly informative note suggests otherwise. Did you have to use an unusually long focal length lens to capture this grouping, or could you get within 10-15 meters as this shot suggests?
drweizy (528) 2014-01-26 7:35
a good family. sharp, thank you
- Copyright: Rosemary Walden (SnapRJW) (31625)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2012-01-20
- Categories: Nature
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- Date Submitted: 2013-10-21 6:33
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