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Many thanks for the CCs for Lilstock uploads - much appreciated. Also my apologies for not having kept up with looking at all your images - I am battling to catch up with all the rubbish that accumulates when I go on long leave.
I have a special respect and love of Elephants, having had close contact with them for most of my life. They are extremely intelligent and have a fine ,sometimes quirky, sense of humor. They are also huge - a big bull will weigh about six tons and stand over 3.5 meters tall. Despite this they are rarely dangerous if treated with respect - if you are that big there is no need to be concerned about any other creature! Yet in areas where they are hunted the faintest scent of man and they will take off at full speed, screaming. We have much to be proud of!!
These bulls are in the Matusadona - a national park in Zimbabwe of around ten thousand square kilometers. They are not hunted and are used to humans and unconcerned by them.
The Elephants of Matusadona feed regularly in the lake shallows on the weed that grows in abundance there. It is also where one goes to catch Tilapia (Bream) which are great eating. One often meets with elephant there and the sight of them against the skyline is typical of this area of the lake.
V1 shows three bull elephants feeding in the shallows and watching the sunset! Actually this is a composite - so is v2 which shows only two of the same bulls. The shots were taken in the same place but about two hours apart.
All of Africa's great tuskers that live in a 'territory' are named and the bull on the right in both shots is Ishe ( pronounced eeshay ) - a Shona language name meaning "Great One" - a term of respect rather than a name. The centre bull in V1 (on the left in V2) is a young mature animal and the bull on the left has small tusks but is the tallest elephant I have seen - if I see him again I might name him. Any ideas welcome.
V3 is just a close shot of Ishe to show an elephant completely relaxed about humans. We were fishing about thirty meters away in plain sighte and he came to visit.
I hope you like them. A

Brand:Canon
Camera:Canon EOS 7D
Lens:17-70mm
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:22 Jul 2011 - 12:26 PM
Focal Length:70mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/4.0
Aperture:f/14.0
Shutter Speed:1/250sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:400
Exposure Mode:Aperture-priority AE
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:Off, Did not fire
Title:Ishe
Username:accipiter accipiter
Uploaded:8 Oct 2011 - 6:35 AM
Tags:Sunset. Kariba. Zimbabwe. Elephants. Matusadona. Bulls., Wildlife / nature
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CarolG
CarolG e2 Member 7128 forum postsCarolG vcard Greece16 Constructive Critique Points
8 Oct 2011 - 6:47 AM

Three stunning images, Arthur, each one worthy of its own upload. Carol

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EAS
EAS  5 Scotland13 Constructive Critique Points
8 Oct 2011 - 6:49 AM

A wonderful set!

Ann

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PaulLiley
PaulLiley  5 United Kingdom13 Constructive Critique Points
8 Oct 2011 - 6:54 AM

Fantastic set. Love the setting of these fine animals. Was wondering how you have had been involved with elephants for most of your life? The composition of V1 and2 is excellent. Paul

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goso e2 Member 8goso vcard Australia1 Constructive Critique Points
8 Oct 2011 - 6:58 AM

Wonderful creatures and lovely pics Arthur ...Bill

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hasslebladuk
hasslebladuk e2 Member 4hasslebladuk vcard United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
8 Oct 2011 - 7:26 AM

Excellent shots lovely angle
mike

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pdcche
pdcche  3 United Kingdom
8 Oct 2011 - 7:35 AM

Three lovely images Arthur, lovely scenery and sky, V3 for me today.. Peter

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franken
franken e2 Member 113106 forum postsfranken vcard Wales4 Constructive Critique Points
8 Oct 2011 - 7:38 AM

A really impressive set here!

Ken

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alansnap
alansnap e2 Member 10528 forum postsalansnap vcard United Kingdom22 Constructive Critique Points
8 Oct 2011 - 7:44 AM

What a wonderful series. I have been lucky enough to see elephants in the wild at Sabi Sands, but the combination of the fabulous animals and the lake is amazing.
Alan

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andylea
andylea  537 forum posts United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
8 Oct 2011 - 7:47 AM

a stunning set brilliant colours and light fantastic detail top class photography nice ones Wink
andy

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WhiteRose1
WhiteRose1 e2 Member 41035 forum postsWhiteRose1 vcard England134 Constructive Critique Points
8 Oct 2011 - 8:26 AM

Fantastic set of images.

Dave

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jaktis
jaktis e2 Member 1081 forum postsjaktis vcard Sweden
8 Oct 2011 - 8:58 AM

A great composition with a natural triptych and great sky

Peter

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nonur
nonur e2 Member 5nonur vcard Turkey8 Constructive Critique Points
8 Oct 2011 - 9:35 AM

A great set!

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corfs
corfs  7 United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
8 Oct 2011 - 9:48 AM

While V3 is a super capture of a magnificent animal, I love the way V1 and V2 are also gorgeous landscape shots with the elephants as a natural part of that. Just one thing - it may be my monitor or my eyes (or both) but there appears to be some queer colouring/markings on the right hand elephant in V2.

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lonely_oryx
lonely_oryx e2 Member 661 forum postslonely_oryx vcard England54 Constructive Critique Points
8 Oct 2011 - 10:19 AM

The first two are great environmental shots. Elephants have a great sense of humour as I found out a couple of times.

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helenlinda
helenlinda e2 Member 7337 forum postshelenlinda vcard United Kingdom21 Constructive Critique Points
8 Oct 2011 - 10:26 AM

How wonderful to see them in their natural habitat - v1 and v2 are my favourites for that reason
Helen

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RonnieAG
RonnieAG e2 Member 4139 forum postsRonnieAG vcard Scotland111 Constructive Critique Points
8 Oct 2011 - 11:29 AM

Three marvellous shots of these magnificent animals, and accompanied by such an informative and interesting write up.
Ronnie.

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Joline
Joline e2 Member 8Joline vcard United States51 Constructive Critique Points
8 Oct 2011 - 11:35 AM

Now that's something you don't see every day. You have given us a lovely sense of these great creatures. I also like that you have also given us photos of them in their natural habitat, relaxed and enjoying the day. V3 would be quite the visitor! Luckily he is friendly.

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cassiecat
cassiecat  639 forum posts England46 Constructive Critique Points
8 Oct 2011 - 11:51 AM

all of them have something to offer but v2 is my fav.lesley

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taggart
taggart e2 Member 1042 forum poststaggart vcard United States12 Constructive Critique Points
8 Oct 2011 - 1:31 PM

All beautiful images of these majestic elephants--- The sunset colors reflected in the water adds to the peaceful ambience-- glorious images all!

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kaybee
kaybee  103802 forum posts Scotland24 Constructive Critique Points
8 Oct 2011 - 1:37 PM

3 super images.

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Maiwand
Maiwand e2 Member 7Maiwand vcard England69 Constructive Critique Points
8 Oct 2011 - 2:09 PM

Three excellent shots Arthur accompanied by an equally good narrative. My vote for V1 I think. Lovely composition.
Ron

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Daisymaye
Daisymaye e2 Member 5Daisymaye vcard Canada9 Constructive Critique Points
8 Oct 2011 - 2:35 PM

All superb images Arthur. It's really hard to decide my favorite, either V1 or V2 because of their wonderful b/g's ...........Sandy

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8 Oct 2011 - 8:53 PM

I love elephants and would have loved to see this in the wild as you have done, I have always had an interest from a young girl - these images are truly wonderful and the sunset compliments the images each and every one superb, thanks for sharing

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moiral
moiral e2 Member 4moiral vcard Scotland
8 Oct 2011 - 9:11 PM

3 wonderful shots and I can't choose between them. Must be wonderful to have close friendly contact with these animals.
How right you are Arthur, man has much to be proud of. Last night I was trying to take shots of the pink footed geese which overwinter in our local reserve. 65,000 of them recorded last year. These birds travel thousands of miles from Greenland and Iceland. Although I did not get shots of the geese, I did get a good few shots of a hunter shooting one, having his dog retrieve it, and then wringing it's neck as he did not make a clean kill. But they were very far from me, so not good shots. I sincerely hope he chokes on a bone.
Moira

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Joeblowfromoz
9 Oct 2011 - 12:36 AM

What beautiful and majestic animals, captured at their very best here - just V1 with the sky to highlight them so very beautifully - so envious - would just love to go there..and totally agree Moria..Jo

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Beautiful image A - well done !

Chris

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brownsilent e2 Member 7brownsilent vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
10 Oct 2011 - 8:18 PM

Breathtakingly beautiful!
Johanna

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xwang  531 forum posts7 Constructive Critique Points
11 Oct 2011 - 8:40 PM

Excellent three... great shots, I love Elephants..nice writing up.

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Chubby
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12 Oct 2011 - 9:18 PM

Hi Arthur, love them all, but i like v1 best .Hope to see them for real.
marie.

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TerryMcK
TerryMcK  571 forum posts United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
16 Oct 2011 - 11:39 AM

Excellent wildlife photography with this trio, Arthur. Particularly like V1. All three would look great mounted & framed.
Terry

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kinfatric
kinfatric  9550 forum posts Scotland9 Constructive Critique Points
22 Oct 2011 - 3:40 PM

All are wonderful.

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parifoto
parifoto  2 Sweden
29 Oct 2011 - 12:59 PM

Lovely shot

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jennialexander
jennialexander e2 Member 1045 forum postsjennialexander vcard United Kingdom
30 Oct 2011 - 9:41 AM

Don't know how I missed this but think it was a week when I was not on the computer. Superb quality. Love V1 & V2
Jenni

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Jocelia
Jocelia e2 Member 3Jocelia vcard Australia1 Constructive Critique Points
6 Nov 2011 - 12:07 AM

I am just catching up on all my comments. I just adore elephants. I think the are magnificent creatures. These three images are so lovely they bought a tear to my eye………….Jc………..

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Tracey_McGovern e2 Member 6Tracey_McGovern vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
6 Nov 2011 - 8:45 PM

A beautiful set of images, I prefer V1, I like all that open space to show off that lovely sky.
Tracey

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