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Good day....
I would like to thank you all for the well wishes I received for Robs operation yesterday. He had a successful hip replacement and is doing remarkably well.
I would also like to thank Ian (Franko59) for his UA for my lioness, much appreciated.
We had the most incredible encounter with 5 elephant on the weekend. Early in the morning drive, we picked up their footprints on the track and had circled around to see if we could find them. Lo and behold they were on the track in front of us and walking fast towards us. Its when they are this close you appreciate their size. Our Ranger quickly reversed and fortunately their was a track to our left and he reversed sideways into there. (You will see our tyre marks in V2, as we were reversing they were already walking on them) Within seconds they were trundling past us. One elephant was almost past us when she glanced towards us...stopped...lifted her trunk to smell us, gave our Tracker a stare down and then swiftly moved on to join the rest of the herd. Fortunately it was only my heart that stopped and not my finger on the shutter, just love her whiskers below her tusks......I have uploaded the sequence of events...in V7 you will see our Tracker is nonchalantly sitting looking back at her...he really is a cool dude with nerves of steel...the lead image is shot at a focal length of 120mm, and is straight out the camera uncropped .the rest of the set shot at 50mm...
Have a nice day...

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Lens:18-270mm f/3.5-6.3 G VR
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Date Taken:17 Mar 2014 - 7:34 AM
Focal Length:120mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/5.9
Aperture:f/6.0
Shutter Speed:1/125sec
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ISO:100
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Title:An elephant encounter
Username:ColleenA ColleenA
Uploaded:20 Mar 2014 - 12:59 AM
Tags:Elephant, Thornybush private game reserve, Wildlife / nature
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Mollycat
Mollycat e2 Member 1Mollycat vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
20 Mar 2014 - 2:20 AM

Incredible set of pictures. Like the way they look at you, and then go on their way. Lovely to see Colleen.
Peter GrinGrinGrin

prabhusinha
prabhusinha e2 Member 6prabhusinha vcard India3 Constructive Critique Points
20 Mar 2014 - 4:38 AM

A fine set. V 2,7 & 8. can make a thrilling story.

Best wishes to Rob for his quick recovery.

WesternRed
WesternRed e2 Member 3WesternRed vcard Australia
20 Mar 2014 - 4:43 AM

Lovely captures of this majestic creature. V1 is my choice. Great cropping showing good light and colour. Well done Colleen.
WesternRed.

LynneJoyce
LynneJoyce e2 Member 6LynneJoyce vcard United Kingdom98 Constructive Critique Points
20 Mar 2014 - 5:19 AM

What an exciting encounter beautifully recorded here. Love them all but the last image with the lovely, dappled light where they seem to be saying 'We' re bored with you now so we're off," is my personal favourite.

I do hope that you produce a photo book of your African wildlife adventures. If you do, do include my favourites, the warthogs.

CarolG
CarolG e2 Member 7128 forum postsCarolG vcard Greece17 Constructive Critique Points
20 Mar 2014 - 5:34 AM

A fantastic set of images, Colleen, it must have been nerve-wracking, but very special, to encounter these wonderful beasts so close up. Carol

Andysnapper
Andysnapper e2 Member 6101 forum postsAndysnapper vcard England18 Constructive Critique Points
20 Mar 2014 - 6:39 AM

Just incredible Colleen, what an amazing experience. In V2 there is definitely a sense of you being told to move out of the way.

Andy

anglingandyq
20 Mar 2014 - 6:40 AM

Wonderful textures and light Colleen well captured

andylea
andylea  537 forum posts United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
20 Mar 2014 - 6:41 AM

SmileSmileSmileSmileSmile

Caziwinkles
20 Mar 2014 - 6:55 AM

Great sequence of events Colleen - love his trunk in V6 smelling you all.
A wonderful encounter. Smile

Carol

Rock
Rock e2 Member 12Rock vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
20 Mar 2014 - 7:25 AM

A walk on the wild side !

Thank you for taking me on safari .

Nikonuser1
Nikonuser1 e2 Member 2Nikonuser1 vcard United Kingdom9 Constructive Critique Points
20 Mar 2014 - 7:25 AM

Super set of images Colleen, so glad to hear the good news about RobSmile

Cliff

User_Removed
20 Mar 2014 - 7:37 AM


Quote: Incredible set of pictures. Like the way they look at you, and then go on their way. Lovely to see Colleen.
Peter GrinGrinGrin

Excellent captures. Smile

ddolfelin
ddolfelin e2 Member 234 forum postsddolfelin vcard Wales1 Constructive Critique Points
20 Mar 2014 - 7:50 AM

Brilliant pictures, taking us on safari without leaving our chairs.
Great detail and story.

Good news that things are progressing there!

Fred263
Fred263 e2 Member 2Fred263 vcard United Kingdom
20 Mar 2014 - 8:23 AM

Outstanding set of images, Colleen. The images together with your narrative makes me feel I was there with you. I enjoyed those great phrases you used like:
it was only my heart that stopped and not my finger on the shutter and he really is a cool dude with nerves of steel.
So pleased to hear that your Rob is doing well after his Op.
Fred

Last Modified By Fred263 at 20 Mar 2014 - 8:25 AM
Badgerfred
Badgerfred e2 Member 7Badgerfred vcard Wales
20 Mar 2014 - 8:24 AM

Hope Rob makes a quick recovery Colleen, super set of images,
Fred.

brandish
brandish e2 Member brandish vcard United Kingdom
20 Mar 2014 - 8:25 AM

Makes me feel proud to have been involved in anti poaching patrols in Kenya to protect these noble creatures,these shots bring back many happy memories.Great series Colleen.
PS.glad to hear your other half is doing ok after his op.
Glad you liked my Cathedral uploads,bit tame i know,but we don't have too many wild animals round here.
Martyn.

DicksPics
DicksPics e2 Member 3DicksPics vcard United Kingdom8 Constructive Critique Points
20 Mar 2014 - 8:30 AM

An absolutely stunning sequence of events, Colleen! - what an experience if a bit scary at times!!
Glad Rob's op went well!
All the best to him for a speedy recovery.
Richard

ali63
ali63 e2 Member 2474 forum postsali63 vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
20 Mar 2014 - 8:46 AM

Excellent work Colleen what a privilege to be so close to these majestic animals, glad to hear Rob is doing well,

Ali GrinGrinGrinGrin

AnneB50
AnneB50 e2 Member 2110 forum postsAnneB50 vcard Scotland18 Constructive Critique Points
20 Mar 2014 - 8:47 AM

Fantastic pictures Colleen, you must be very pleased with the results of your trip.

Anne

EMJAYCEE
EMJAYCEE e2 Member 5EMJAYCEE vcard England10 Constructive Critique Points
20 Mar 2014 - 9:15 AM

Magnificent set Colleen.
Joan.

digital_boi
20 Mar 2014 - 10:36 AM

good work Colleen great to see you have some great adventures at the parks


Graham

Irishkate
Irishkate e2 Member 4Irishkate vcard United Kingdom73 Constructive Critique Points
20 Mar 2014 - 10:53 AM

A brilliant set telling a story - how cool are those guys up front?
These images do put the elephants size in perspective!
The adrenalin must have been flowing been this close.
I love V8 if only that they are walking away and everybody is safe!!
Best wishes to Rob.
Kate GrinGrinGrin

JuBarney
JuBarney e2 Member 3JuBarney vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
20 Mar 2014 - 12:30 PM

A terrific set and wonderful to see them so close.
Ju

Cookie_Monster
Cookie_Monster e2 Member 2Cookie_Monster vcard Germany1 Constructive Critique Points
20 Mar 2014 - 1:01 PM

Amazing series. Love V2 and V8. I image it was a little scary too. Great images.

brian17302
brian17302 e2 Member 2brian17302 vcard United Kingdom11 Constructive Critique Points
20 Mar 2014 - 1:24 PM

Superb close encounters of the elephant kind, Colleen
Really like the stand off image V7, so great to be that close to these animals

marshfam19
marshfam19 e2 Member 5marshfam19 vcard United Kingdom
20 Mar 2014 - 1:34 PM

An amazing set of images Colleen, you are definitely braver than I would be. Stunning.

Mary Grin

richmowil
richmowil e2 Member 5259 forum postsrichmowil vcard England1 Constructive Critique Points
20 Mar 2014 - 1:36 PM

A super collection of fine images, Colleen!! V5 sets the scene well and is my favourite!!

Drighlynne
Drighlynne e2 Member 349 forum postsDrighlynne vcard United Kingdom
20 Mar 2014 - 1:56 PM

Fantastic set of photographs, V2 gives us a. It the of the experience you must have had confronting them. You must have had to have nerves of steel to keep photographing. Hope Rob is feeling better today and out of ICU.

taggart
taggart e2 Member 1042 forum poststaggart vcard United States12 Constructive Critique Points
20 Mar 2014 - 2:06 PM

Very exciting to see them in the wild-- Great shots in this set!

mikbee
mikbee e2 Member 7mikbee vcard Scotland7 Constructive Critique Points
20 Mar 2014 - 2:32 PM

A good ''storybook'' set here Colleen !!
Mick.

HarrietH
HarrietH e2 Member 4265 forum postsHarrietH vcard Portugal
20 Mar 2014 - 2:46 PM

Wonderful images of amazing animals. Good news that your husband is doing well.

Harriet

kuvailija
kuvailija e2 Member 2kuvailija vcard Finland
20 Mar 2014 - 2:48 PM

Amazing set ofelephant images! Excellent captures , Colleen ! --- Very glad to hear everything went well with Robs op. --- Jukka the smoothie ! Blush

Maiwand
Maiwand e2 Member 7Maiwand vcard England69 Constructive Critique Points
20 Mar 2014 - 3:07 PM

Really excellent series Colleen. The elephants look superb. V6 for me please.GrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrin
Ron

WhiteRose1
WhiteRose1 e2 Member 41055 forum postsWhiteRose1 vcard England136 Constructive Critique Points
20 Mar 2014 - 3:13 PM

Wow, that certainly is a close encounter, Colleen.

Dave

TrevBatWCC
TrevBatWCC e2 Member 6TrevBatWCC vcard England8 Constructive Critique Points
20 Mar 2014 - 3:24 PM

Golly Colleen, you do seem to live dangerously! Wink A wonderful set of images, and good that you've shown us shots including your vehicle, which tells us how close you were Smile
Good news about hubby's op SmileSmile
Trev Smile

Mike_Smith
Mike_Smith e2 Member 7124 forum postsMike_Smith vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
20 Mar 2014 - 3:26 PM

Wonderful set of shots, fantastic animals these

fotobee
fotobee  1 South Africa2 Constructive Critique Points
20 Mar 2014 - 3:40 PM

Very good series, Colleen. This elephant was only curious, a sign of danger is when they curl the trunk up tightly behind the tusks, then they charge to kill. A threat behavior is when they mock charge, with ear piercing blasts of trumpeting, ears aflare, but they dont (usually!) curl the trunk up. Such a mock charge usually stops when they are a few feet away. Any sign of agression or fear (running away) can instantly change it from a mock charge to the real thing. Sorry to hear of your hubby, very glad to hear the op went off OK. The Internet has been down for a few days here. Regards Martin.

ColleenA
ColleenA e2 Member 2194 forum postsColleenA vcard Australia3 Constructive Critique Points
20 Mar 2014 - 3:54 PM


Quote: Very good series, Colleen. This elephant was only curious, a sign of danger is when they curl the trunk Regards Martin.

In the last 4 years we have been charged by trumpeting elephants three times without any warning signs from them at all. We were fortunate that each time our Ranger had positioned the vehicle that we had a clear exit path. You can see the way the vehicle is parked in this set, pointing away from the direction they were walking in case we had to get away. So I am always wary of them, they are not always predictable.

GeorgePlatis
GeorgePlatis e2 Member 1GeorgePlatis vcard Greece1 Constructive Critique Points
20 Mar 2014 - 4:06 PM

Great captures of these Elephants, Colleen !
George

pentaxpatty
pentaxpatty e2 Member 1pentaxpatty vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
20 Mar 2014 - 4:10 PM

V2 andf V8 are just stunning and a lovely travel log Colleen, just so good to see this lovely animals. Hope everything is ok with you

PattyGrin

Jenny-D
Jenny-D e2 Member 4Jenny-D vcard United Kingdom
20 Mar 2014 - 5:44 PM

Amazing images Colleen!

Jenny Smile

Brian65
Brian65 e2 Member 5Brian65 vcard United Kingdom
20 Mar 2014 - 5:47 PM

Fantastic set Colleen, I think I would have passed out.
Brian

alligatorpants
alligatorpants e2 Member 3alligatorpants vcard Canada
20 Mar 2014 - 6:08 PM

I love your photos. The wildlife we have here consists of Magpies and Coyotes, unless you go to the Children's Zoo. When I take my grandchildren there I just feel sorry for them. Keep recording, there will be a time when it's no longer possible, in fact, wildlife photography should now be classified as photo-journalism.

williamsloan
williamsloan e2 Member 3williamsloan vcard Northern Ireland1 Constructive Critique Points
20 Mar 2014 - 7:34 PM

first class V6 for me



billy

Sillybilly
20 Mar 2014 - 8:52 PM

Amazing set of pics that show how big n strong these animals are

Phil

sweetpea62
sweetpea62 e2 Member 4sweetpea62 vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
20 Mar 2014 - 9:25 PM

Amazing set Colleen..Lin

Holmewood
Holmewood e2 Member 1Holmewood vcard United Kingdom
20 Mar 2014 - 10:09 PM

Wow Colleen incredible set. Cathy

Franko59
Franko59 e2 Member 3Franko59 vcard England1 Constructive Critique Points
20 Mar 2014 - 10:21 PM

Great stuff!! Wink Ian

stub197
stub197  2
20 Mar 2014 - 11:58 PM

Wow great shot's !!

Lynniesefforts
Lynniesefforts e2 Member 3Lynniesefforts vcard Australia
21 Mar 2014 - 12:44 AM

I love the unfolding of events in this set Colleen..V7 !!!! What a brave tracker.. She really is eyeballing him!! Love this set..Fantastic photography..

Best wishes to Rob.Grin

Lynette Grin

ukgubbi
ukgubbi e2 Member 2ukgubbi vcard India
21 Mar 2014 - 1:08 AM

Incredible shots. They are so close. Love the way you have presented.Very nice to hear that everything went well.

mistere
mistere e2 Member 1mistere vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
21 Mar 2014 - 8:06 AM

wonderful set Colleen, Lovely photographs, excellent work.

Dave.

marktc
marktc e2 Member 347 forum postsmarktc vcard United Kingdom13 Constructive Critique Points
21 Mar 2014 - 11:19 AM

A fabulous set of images Colleen, oh how I envy you the opportunity. terrific work all round!

Chinga
Chinga e2 Member 3Chinga vcard United Kingdom
21 Mar 2014 - 12:31 PM

An encounter of the magical kind... V1 and V2 are my favorites... Outstanding set!
IB

BIGRY1
BIGRY1 e2 Member 2BIGRY1 vcard United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
21 Mar 2014 - 3:58 PM

Wow! Safari images don't get any better!GrinGrinGrinGrinGrin
Ryan

gss
gss  Romania1 Constructive Critique Points
21 Mar 2014 - 4:19 PM

In pictures 5-6-7 somehow you got not panic? excessive sweating?. I think you're very comfortable with your heart!, I would have died of fear and in the moment of the picture 1!
Silviu

viscostatic
21 Mar 2014 - 5:37 PM

Brilliant images Colleen. Must have been a great experience.

Phil.

evelen
evelen  9 England
22 Mar 2014 - 6:09 PM

great set of shots .
eve.Smile

annettep38
annettep38 e2 Member 3186 forum postsannettep38 vcard France32 Constructive Critique Points
23 Mar 2014 - 8:24 PM

nļ 2 for me, love it!!

Glostopcat
Glostopcat e2 Member 8234 forum postsGlostopcat vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
23 Mar 2014 - 8:41 PM

What a wonderful set of images of these magnificent creatures, I've thoroughly enjoyed viewing them all. It must have been a real privelege to see them in the wild, one wonders how many more images you've got left in your trunk?Smile

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