"Come here, darling..."
Elephants rule in Sri Lanka.
The Sri Lankan Elephant (Elephas maximus maximus) is one of three recognized subspecies of the Asian Elephant, and native to Sri Lanka. Since 1986, Elephas maximus has been listed as endangered by IUCN as the population has declined by at least 50% over the last three generations. The species is pre-eminently threatened by habitat loss, degradation and fragmentation.
Still an important cultural symbiosis has continued to exist between the elephant and humans for over two thousand years – no religious procession is complete without elephants, and many large Buddhist temples in Sri Lanka still have their own elephants.
Anuradhapura is one of South-East Asia's most magnificent ancient sites. The sprawling complex of the ancient city contains countless pagodas (one of them is visible in this picture), brick towers, ancient pools and crumbling temples.
"Aww,you're workin with it now
You got me feelin' so good
just look to the sun now baby
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agjika (3177) 2011-11-28 12:12
I wish I was an elephant,I wish I was that elephant! Great capture of this lucky elephant and the men at work. It looks like everyone is doin his best!
Great sharpness and composition.
stevesaba (8167) 2011-11-28 19:57
What a great and original photo! The elephant looks very happy! Well done and it looks like you are almost wading in the water with them. Some interesting notes too, and I think here in Thailand as you know, Elephants play a large part in the culture, but also it is always a struggle to feed them, and find a way for them to be sustained. Great work! Warm regards,
wolf38 (31296) 2011-11-28 21:49
Hello Benny. A wonderful photo full of exotic. Man and beast in harmony. Very beautiful composition, light and colors. I like the photo very well, because it full of life and well worth seeing. Rgds wolfgang.
Bournazel (0) 2011-11-29 3:21
it's impressive.. I like the complicity between men and the elephant
a good testimony
baclama (18896) 2011-11-29 5:23
une photo impressionnante..un bain original;-))
Juzo (4231) 2011-11-30 4:21
Quite charming,,cute even (can I say cute?) The beast really seems to enjoy the attention, I like the moment, and the glimpse of the edifice in the background adds to the atmosphere.
Waylim (25436) 2011-11-30 18:30
What a great shot. I love it, a combination of daily, decisive moment, and a landscape shot. I love the interaction between the elephant and people, somehow they become so familiar and comfortable, the elephant did its share of duties, now it is time to relaxed and get some service from the owner as well. the landscape behind and the stupa give a finishing touch to this composition. Love it.
macjake (71739) 2011-12-03 6:18
I can honestly say that we can see hundreds more photos on TE, and we won't see one like this! Its very unique. This big guy really seems to be enjoying his bath, i think his eye is even closed, just laying and relaxing.
a very memorable moment captured, full of life and color.
jajko (775) 2011-12-03 23:08
interesting scene. good POV.
I see a complete symbiosis between man and animal. a great shot. Here you can see the work to be done to save endangered species. However, this work is carried out with commitment and love.
buscape (6219) 2011-12-07 8:16
lovely capture of this elephant and its two cleaners. I like especially the relaxed pose of the animal, that shows that it really enjoys the cleaning. Beautiful colours and good light.
sacavem (18620) 2011-12-13 9:43
Very grateful for his words, comment and congratulations on my 5th year in TE...
In Portuguese :)
Uma bela fotografia ao estilo do National Geographic.
Gosto de ver a interacção do homem com este animal de grande porte.Um grande amigo do homem este elefante, nas tarefas diárias que são muito pesadas.
O pov e cores estão muito bem. Boa captura.
Tenha um bom dia,
axiotea (21651) 2011-12-13 9:51
I love this kind of picture! It's not every day one can see men washing elephants ;D The pachyderm seemed to be at his ease while the men were taking care of him!
The temple in BG is a bonus!
carper (96) 2011-12-13 10:01
a very pleasant shot well composed and a pleasure to look at good photo job.
serp2000 (45572) 2014-02-22 7:57
And I have seen similar scene in Colombo. Excellent report from Anuradhapura, I was there too.
Amazing photo, funny title. TFS!
- Copyright: Benny Verbercht (BennyV) (20253)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2011-08-01
- Categories: Daily Life, Transportation, Decisive Moment
- Camera: Nikon D40
- Exposure: f/8, 1/800 seconds
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Travelogue: Sri Lanka 2011
- Date Submitted: 2011-11-28 11:50
- Favorites: 1 [view]