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Lunch 27

By SimonFletch  
Thank you for your votes and interesting comments on Lunch 26 The Goliath Heron. Cathy (Holmwood) got it right when she said that we did not place bamboo in the fish's mouth to keep it afloat, because Herons swallow fish whole and the bamboo would harm its insides. We do so for Fish Eagles, because they rip the flesh off the fish, leaving the bones and bamboo behind.

I did not upload yesterday, because of a very early start for a day out at Nairobi's National Park - and we took fish with us. There are no Fish Eagles or Goliath Heron in the park, but I wanted to see what other birds or mammals would 'take the bait'. The crocodile we came across was on an island in the middle of a dam; too far to throw. We came across a huge flock of Marabou Stork and attempted to hurl a fish into their centre, but they all ran off, looking like demented tailors dummies. We waited patiently and slowly, they started to return - until other cars arrived and parked up - right next to the fish... Grrr..!

Today's upload is of a bull Elephant 'in musk', eating grass. I am not very good at Black and White transformations in Photoshop, so if anyone woul like to have a go at a Modification, I shall be delighted, especially if you can tell me how you achieved it Smile

It's also my best attempt at Saturday Shadows! I hope you all have a good day.

Please do look at Griff2012 (Jacqui) Modification and read how she achieved her remarkable transformation of my image.


Tags: Lunch Elephant Kenya Masai mara Wildlife and nature In Musk

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Hermanus 9 4 South Africa
28 Dec 2013 4:40AM
This is lovely Simon ! Great texture captured !! I missed out on some of your intriguing lunch images - will catch up later when life returns to normal Smile
bobsblues 11 10 2 United Kingdom
28 Dec 2013 5:05AM
Thought you might of been travelling back Simon when I didn't see an upload but this one is a super shot well worth the wait,excellent capture
CarolG 14 199 20 Greece
28 Dec 2013 6:09AM
A fine close-up of this wonderful creature, Simon, looks most impressive in b&w. Carol
Bantu 8 7 1 India
28 Dec 2013 6:20AM
great close up,excellent contrast,well captured.
28 Dec 2013 7:31AM
An excellent image, Simon!

Maiwand 14 3 73 England
28 Dec 2013 8:40AM
Great shot of this magnificent creature Simon. GrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrin
cardikit Junior Member 9 3 1 United Kingdom
28 Dec 2013 11:08AM
He looks a beauty Simon - head of the herd! Love the texture and detail is his leathery skin. Smile

richmowil Plus
12 465 2 England
28 Dec 2013 11:15AM
Nice close up Simon!! Textures and tones very good!! Have a great time , you lucky person!!WinkGrinWink
nonur 12 18 13 Turkey
28 Dec 2013 11:47AM
As I had been an addict of Tarzan films of Lex Barker and Nairobi had been a teenager dreamland for me. The name still rings very exotic to me. This is a fabulous shot as it is, and it's sharp and well framed. I think there's no need to boost it for texture, because it is already there. Shortly, a nice conversion, Simon. The only thing that perplexes me is the shadow of the tusk on the face. It looks like a big cut from the corner of the mouth rising as far as the eye and even more. It makes the elephant look funny, hollowed and dead. The modification has increased its effect and created halos around the edges. I would clone out that shadow to make it a lot better image, but that's me, of course.
ukgubbi 10 5 India
28 Dec 2013 12:07PM
This is a very royal lunch. Love the details.
nonur 12 18 13 Turkey
28 Dec 2013 12:37PM
I am enlightened by Simon about the "musk" and that explains it well.Blush
mikbee 14 3 8 Scotland
28 Dec 2013 3:41PM
Wonderful wrinkly texture Simon.
And do you know why elephants are so wrinkly ?
Well,----have you ever tried to iron one of them !!
Super shot.
ali63 9 791 1 United Kingdom
28 Dec 2013 5:38PM
Excellent image Simon,

Ali GrinGrin
Glostopcat 15 255 2 England
28 Dec 2013 6:05PM
An excellent portrait of this magnificent animal, terrific texture and detail in this one. I must take issue with Nonur however, the best Tarzan was undoubtedly Olympic swimming champion Johnny Weissmuller. I hear that you had problems attracting the birds yesterday, you must have lost your mojo or failed to spray any Lynx Africa on before you went out for the day, if you believe the advertisers and marketing people it is a guaranteed bird puller!WinkGrinTongue
JuBarney Plus
10 34 5 United Kingdom
28 Dec 2013 6:54PM
A splendid close up and the first Mod is superb.
jacquig 7 3 United Kingdom
28 Dec 2013 9:43PM
It sounds like an exciting day, Simon.
An excellent mono shot. The texture of his hide and the dried mud works very well in mono. I really like the crop and the shadows his large ears are casting, too. Smile
28 Dec 2013 10:40PM
Yes I got it right! Great shot Simon and love the mods. Sounds as though you had a great day. Cathy
29 Dec 2013 1:25AM
Excellent image!
viscostatic 15 50 11 United Kingdom
29 Dec 2013 9:11AM
Beautiful textures on the skin of the elephant Simon.


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