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Good morning.....
Thank you for all your votes and great comments on yesterdays hyena....

Normally at the game farm we get good sightings of elephant. They normally surround the vehicle and I get extremely nervous. Because it is mid winter and here is not much in the way of green leaves they have split into smaller herds. We also had to look far and wide for them this time. We eventually found a herd far off track and in thick bush, they were all sleeping standing up. A rare sight to see the whole herd asleep. I could not get any clear images. 2 days later we found another small herd, this time they were next to the track. Quite a few of them were lying down sleeping, again something you do not see often. One female was quite active and she graced us with a walk in front of our vehicle. She grazed for a few minutes on the left side then turned and walked back again. We were able to get 2 good captures of her before she returned to the thick bush.
In winter they eat a lot of bark off the thin branches as it is full of nutrients. They snap a branch off, pull all the leaves off with their trunk. Then like a machine they hold the branch with their trunk and feed it in one side of their mouth, it comes out the other side stripped clean. You will note she is fully aware of us with the tip of her trunk towards us so she can smell us.
Uncropped...straight out of the camera and framed
Have a nice day....
For interest sake i have included V3 of an elephant sleeping, looks like a big rock

Brand:NIKON CORPORATION
Camera:Nikon D5100 Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:18-270mm f/3.5-6.3 G VR
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Date Taken:19 Aug 2013 - 11:21 AM
Focal Length:70mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/5.7
Aperture:f/5.6
Shutter Speed:1/800sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:800
Exposure Mode:Manual
Metering Mode:Spot
Flash:No Flash
White Balance:Auto
Title:There and back again
Username:ColleenA ColleenA
Uploaded:3 Sep 2013 - 6:30 AM
Tags:Wildlife / nature
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Hermanus
Hermanus  2 South Africa
3 Sep 2013 - 6:39 AM

Good morning Colleen !! Two lovely captures this - she looks more relaxed and less on a mission in V2 Smile I love your write up too !! Have a super day !!Looks like rain here - but yesterday was a real Spring day !!

CarolG
CarolG e2 Member 7128 forum postsCarolG vcard Greece16 Constructive Critique Points
3 Sep 2013 - 6:40 AM

Two wonderful images, Colleen. Carol

Andysnapper
Andysnapper e2 Member 699 forum postsAndysnapper vcard England18 Constructive Critique Points
3 Sep 2013 - 6:42 AM

Superb Colleen, what a magnificent animal and beautiful captured.

Andy

LynneJoyce
LynneJoyce e2 Member 6LynneJoyce vcard United Kingdom97 Constructive Critique Points
3 Sep 2013 - 6:48 AM

Two splendid images of this beautiful creature.

Chinga
Chinga e2 Member 3Chinga vcard United Kingdom
3 Sep 2013 - 6:50 AM

What an amazing sight!
I have only seen the India and Ski Lankean Elephants and they have pink Hears! Grin
Excellent shots... IB

Nigeve1
Nigeve1 e2 Member 1639 forum postsNigeve1 vcard United Kingdom74 Constructive Critique Points
3 Sep 2013 - 6:50 AM

V1 the pick here for me today, very well captured.
Nigel

S_Psharma
S_Psharma  2 India1 Constructive Critique Points
3 Sep 2013 - 6:54 AM

Fantastjc captures v2 is winner for me.

SUE118
SUE118 e2 Member 6SUE118 vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
3 Sep 2013 - 7:11 AM

Great capture's and yes it does look like a rock.

Caziwinkles
3 Sep 2013 - 7:13 AM

Fantastic shots - maybe he had forgotten something! Smile

Carol

Badgerfred
Badgerfred e2 Member 7Badgerfred vcard Wales
3 Sep 2013 - 7:21 AM

Excellent captures Colleen, V2 a slight favourite this morning,
Fred.

ali63
ali63 e2 Member 2474 forum postsali63 vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
3 Sep 2013 - 7:23 AM

3 stunning shots Colleen,

Ali

barbarahirst
barbarahirst e2 Member 6barbarahirst vcard United Kingdom10 Constructive Critique Points
3 Sep 2013 - 7:27 AM

I love V 1
She has attitude / a purpose /...and looks sexy in an elephant way.

abeeror2
abeeror2 e2 Member 2abeeror2 vcard Australia
3 Sep 2013 - 7:31 AM

Very enjoyable, fantastic set!

Nikonuser1
Nikonuser1 e2 Member 1Nikonuser1 vcard United Kingdom7 Constructive Critique Points
3 Sep 2013 - 7:35 AM

Excellent captures Colleen, great write upSmile


Cliff

Lillian
Lillian e2 Member 5Lillian vcard United Kingdom16 Constructive Critique Points
3 Sep 2013 - 7:40 AM

Want to go this way...no I did mean to go that way..!
two great shots Colleen, so envious of those trips there
thanks for the sleeper too
Lillian

kathrynlouise
kathrynlouise e2 Member 2364 forum postskathrynlouise vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
3 Sep 2013 - 7:51 AM

Morning Colleen. Wonderful captures. I like Lillian am very envious and hope one day for a lottery win Wink

Kathryn

HarrietH
HarrietH e2 Member 4264 forum postsHarrietH vcard Portugal
3 Sep 2013 - 8:24 AM

Fabu;ous collection today Colleen.

Harriet

Tish1
Tish1 e2 Member 1Tish1 vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
3 Sep 2013 - 8:34 AM

Such magnificent animals and very well presented here; I was a little concerned about V3 since it is my understanding that elephants sleep standing up, but your write up relieved my fears.

Snow? Colleen please hang on to it for as long as possible since we don't want it on this side of the equator.


Tish

xwang
xwang  531 forum posts7 Constructive Critique Points
3 Sep 2013 - 8:40 AM

A set of amusing shots...with interesting title. He(she) was not sleeping while you took the photos, is he? That would be sleep walking... do the elephants do that as well?Grin Excellently taken, nice writing up.

Richsr
Richsr e2 Member 790 forum postsRichsr vcard England207 Constructive Critique Points
3 Sep 2013 - 9:07 AM

V1 is a fine capture Colleen
R.

pollisher
pollisher  1 Scotland
3 Sep 2013 - 9:10 AM

A terrific set of images. Well done Smile

DicksPics
DicksPics e2 Member 3DicksPics vcard United Kingdom8 Constructive Critique Points
3 Sep 2013 - 9:16 AM

Three fantastic images, Colleen!
Wonderful!

Richard

cats_123
cats_123 e2 Member 104000 forum postscats_123 vcard Northern Ireland24 Constructive Critique Points
3 Sep 2013 - 9:18 AM

Thanks for the storyline....two great catches Grin

WhiteRose1
WhiteRose1 e2 Member 41029 forum postsWhiteRose1 vcard England133 Constructive Critique Points
3 Sep 2013 - 9:53 AM

Typical female, can't make her mind up!! TongueGrinGrinGrin

Well captured, Colleen, and more fascinating info.

Dave

digital_boi
3 Sep 2013 - 10:03 AM

hmmm Dave's feeling brave this morning lol two nice on the move captures Colleen and as you rightly say v3 looks like a big rock

GrahamGrinGrinGrin

prabhusinha
prabhusinha e2 Member 6prabhusinha vcard India3 Constructive Critique Points
3 Sep 2013 - 10:52 AM

A nice Pachyderm study

richmowil
richmowil e2 Member 5240 forum postsrichmowil vcard England1 Constructive Critique Points
3 Sep 2013 - 11:45 AM

Its all been said above Colleen - Fine set of images!!

taggart
taggart e2 Member 942 forum poststaggart vcard United States12 Constructive Critique Points
3 Sep 2013 - 1:26 PM

OMe could easily mistake the elephant for a big rock-- 3 super images of the huge animals!

tomcat
tomcat e2 Member 85870 forum poststomcat vcard United Kingdom15 Constructive Critique Points
3 Sep 2013 - 2:24 PM

A damn fine roadblockWink

Adrian

mikbee
mikbee e2 Member 7mikbee vcard Scotland7 Constructive Critique Points
3 Sep 2013 - 2:54 PM

Not seen one sleeping before Colleen.
Sadly I have seen a few pics of them dead with the poachers after their tusks.
Good set.
Mick.

BIGRY1
BIGRY1 e2 Member 2BIGRY1 vcard United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
3 Sep 2013 - 3:25 PM

These images reminds me of when I was in SA many years ago. Lovely images especially the one sleeping as it is a rare sightWinkGrin
Ryan

Jenny-D
Jenny-D e2 Member 4Jenny-D vcard United Kingdom
3 Sep 2013 - 3:40 PM

Fabulous captures Colleen.

Jenny Smile

myrab
myrab e2 Member 8myrab vcard United Kingdom
3 Sep 2013 - 4:10 PM

2 brilliant shots Colleen.

Myra

TrevBatWCC
TrevBatWCC e2 Member 6TrevBatWCC vcard England8 Constructive Critique Points
3 Sep 2013 - 4:29 PM

I've heard of zebra crossings, but here we've got an elephant crossing!! Grin A super set, Colleen, with V1 being my fave Wink
Trev Smile

kuvailija
kuvailija e2 Member 2kuvailija vcard Finland
3 Sep 2013 - 4:39 PM

What a big animal !Grin- Theyd better be in a good mood!- Good cathes, Colleen !Smile Welöl done! ---- Jukka.Grin

Last Modified By kuvailija at 3 Sep 2013 - 4:40 PM
ddolfelin
ddolfelin e2 Member 234 forum postsddolfelin vcard Wales1 Constructive Critique Points
3 Sep 2013 - 4:47 PM

Fine work - be careful out there, Colleen!

johnlw
johnlw e2 Member 7johnlw vcard United Kingdom10 Constructive Critique Points
3 Sep 2013 - 4:55 PM

Like the shots but I think V3 is great it's amazing how such a big animal blends into the background.
Regards John.

JuBarney
JuBarney e2 Member 3JuBarney vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
3 Sep 2013 - 5:19 PM

A splendid set and so wonderful to see in the wild.
Ju

NDODS
NDODS e2 Member 32925 forum postsNDODS vcard United Kingdom99 Constructive Critique Points
3 Sep 2013 - 5:19 PM

Incredible wildlife photography Colleen. A pleasure to view and comment upon.

REgards Nathan GrinGrinGrin

Fefe
Fefe e2 Member 2Fefe vcard United Kingdom28 Constructive Critique Points
3 Sep 2013 - 6:17 PM


Quote: I've heard of zebra crossings, but here we've got an elephant crossing!! Grin A super set, Colleen, with V1 being my fave Wink
Trev Smile

And I have heard of "why did the chicken cross the road"TongueGrinGrin
V1 is brilliant Colleen!
Diane

Brian65
Brian65 e2 Member 5Brian65 vcard United Kingdom
3 Sep 2013 - 7:53 PM

Wonderful shots Colleen, keep them coming.
Brian

nonur
nonur e2 Member 5nonur vcard Turkey8 Constructive Critique Points
3 Sep 2013 - 9:16 PM

Wonderful wild like shots, I love V1.

Stephen_B
Stephen_B e2 Member 8Stephen_B vcard United Kingdom
3 Sep 2013 - 9:16 PM

Colleen

You excel with these wildlife captures

Well done on another fine image

Steve

anglingandyq
3 Sep 2013 - 9:19 PM

great capture and a wonderful right up ColleenSmile

Potra
Potra e2 Member 1Potra vcard Venezuela
3 Sep 2013 - 9:33 PM

Colleen I love your explanations of the pictures. In V1 she looks not only alert (as you pointed out) but also very energetic and determined. She is not holding down her head, which is an image that I have in mind when I think of elephants.
Awesome pictures, I guess one must be nervous about them...They can be lethal, like bears, thanks God I never saw one during my year in Montana.
M

leontari
leontari e2 Member 1leontari vcard Greece
3 Sep 2013 - 10:08 PM

Two splendid images Colleen.
Effrossini

capto
capto e2 Member 21000 forum postscapto vcard United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
3 Sep 2013 - 10:14 PM

A real pleasure to see these creatures in their natural surroundings.Smile

ivor

Holmewood
Holmewood e2 Member 1Holmewood vcard United Kingdom
3 Sep 2013 - 10:32 PM

Great set Colleen. Cathy

Irishkate
Irishkate e2 Member 3Irishkate vcard United Kingdom73 Constructive Critique Points
3 Sep 2013 - 10:57 PM

Beautiful images of the elephant and so good to learn from your understanding of their habits.
KateGrinGrinGrin

annettep38
annettep38 e2 Member 3186 forum postsannettep38 vcard France30 Constructive Critique Points
5 Sep 2013 - 2:26 PM

intriguing to learn about their habits.
Now I like to think of myself as braver than most out on my own, but if I would see myself confronted with V1 on the way home, I would probably drop my jaw and do the fastest U turn known to humankind.
So you are much braver than me... I would rahter have looked for a good spot for the U turn than for a camera Smile

Sheddy
Sheddy  5 United Kingdom
16 Sep 2013 - 9:14 AM

I read your piece,and your understanding of the Animals and Scene,shows in your pictures.Very Good.

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