African elephants are the largest land animals on Earth. They are slightly larger than their Asian cousins and can be identified by their larger ears that look somewhat like the continent of Africa. (Asian elephants have smaller, rounded ears.)
Elephants eat roots, grasses, fruit, and bark, and they eat a lot of these things. An adult elephant can consume up to 300 pounds (136 kilograms) of food in a single day.
Their average life span in the wild is up to 70 years.
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timecapturer (49288) 2014-07-16 3:05
big elephant fan me and this close up is wonderful. All the textures and lines of the hide clearly visible as well as the imposing character of this fine beast. Superb!
CLODO (31749) 2014-07-16 3:05
Don't be afraid, you are protected by th elittle bush!
siudzi (34131) 2014-07-16 5:33
Wow! What a superb capture of this amazing big elephant! Beautifully cropped to get a really interesting and eye catching visual effect. Like it a lot! A perfect image in my opinion.
ceepea (285) 2014-07-16 6:29
A superb shot - the light and sharpness highlights the skin texture beautifully while the crop creates a fine portrait.
holmertz (44572) 2014-07-16 13:18
This could have been a bit too close for comfort, but the closeness has produced a miraculously sharp and fascinating "portrait". It looks like this elephant was busy eating, but most people (maybe including elephants) don't like to be disturbed during their meals. But you got away with a perfect shot.
bukitgolfb301 (37584) 2014-07-16 21:57
Hi dear Wanda, how are you?
Sorry for long time no reply due to so crazy busy.
Wow so impressive and powerful image at all.
Very fine framework and composition via great cropping in so reasonable framework. Sharp and clear image as usual.
All the best and have a good day! Takero from Tokyo
jjcordier (78392) 2014-07-16 22:31
Impressionnant! Même si tu as dû utiliser ton zoom le plus fort, la bête ne semble pas très loin.....grosse prise de risque quand même!
ourania (35948) 2014-07-17 9:30
I've read a lot about the African elephants and it's always sad news when news and statistics are published regarding the cruelty of certain people towards them. This is a marvelous portrait, straightforward, strong and sweet, the tight framing works superbly. The young elephant looks imposing and captivating, the vivid textures and colours you've captured are fantastic. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a great evening,
ikeharel (62191) 2014-07-19 7:22
Close encounter with the Elephant, assuming you had taken this from a safe distance, Wanda.
Excelent clear details of its big eyes, trunk and ivory-tusks.
Photojob well done, impressive animal and interesting info. note.
Enjoy a nice weekend,
smash2707 (3320) 2014-08-21 18:18
Amazing close up. Nice crop. I love all the textures. TFS
macjake (60726) 2015-05-02 12:19
looking at this one, it makes me want to go grab some skin lotion and lather it on! haha
wow, I didn't know that lived for 70 years, that's outliving many humans!
and speaking of humans, its such a pity that man hunt these beautiful, smart, loving animals.
cool shot with the ridges of the skin, the tree life in the lower fg is in the way a bit, but its seriously just a minor thing. I'm very jealous as I don't have anything like this in my gallery, but also very happy for you. excellent post