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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

Tags: Wildlife and nature Sunset Kariba Zimbabwe Elephants Matusadona Bulls

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CarolG 11 199 20 Greece
8 Oct 2011 6:47AM
Three stunning images, Arthur, each one worthy of its own upload. Carol

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EAS 9 1 13 Scotland
8 Oct 2011 6:49AM
A wonderful set!

PaulLiley 8 2 13 United Kingdom
8 Oct 2011 6:54AM
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
goso 11 2 1 Australia
8 Oct 2011 6:58AM
Wonderful creatures and lovely pics Arthur ...Bill
Excellent shots lovely angle
pdcche 7 4 United Kingdom
8 Oct 2011 7:35AM
Three lovely images Arthur, lovely scenery and sky, V3 for me today.. Peter
franken Plus
15 4.6k 4 United Kingdom
8 Oct 2011 7:38AM
A really impressive set here!

alansnap 14 577 26 United Kingdom
8 Oct 2011 7:44AM
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.
andylea 9 37 1 United Kingdom
8 Oct 2011 7:47AM
a stunning set brilliant colours and light fantastic detail top class photography nice ones Wink
Jasper87 Plus
8 2.0k 150 England
8 Oct 2011 8:26AM
Fantastic set of images.

jaktis 14 84 Sweden
8 Oct 2011 8:58AM
A great composition with a natural triptych and great sky

nonur Plus
9 17 13 Turkey
8 Oct 2011 9:35AM
A great set!
corfs 11 11 2 United Kingdom
8 Oct 2011 9:48AM
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.
lonely_oryx 10 61 55 England
8 Oct 2011 10:19AM
The first two are great environmental shots. Elephants have a great sense of humour as I found out a couple of times.
helenlinda Plus
10 360 22 United Kingdom
8 Oct 2011 10:26AM
How wonderful to see them in their natural habitat - v1 and v2 are my favourites for that reason
RonnieAG Plus
8 154 118 Scotland
8 Oct 2011 11:29AM
Three marvellous shots of these magnificent animals, and accompanied by such an informative and interesting write up.
Joline Plus
11 30 53 United States
8 Oct 2011 11:35AM
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.
cassiecat 9 39 46 England
8 Oct 2011 11:51AM
all of them have something to offer but v2 is my fav.lesley
taggart Plus
13 47 13 United States
8 Oct 2011 1:31PM
All beautiful images of these majestic elephants--- The sunset colors reflected in the water adds to the peaceful ambience-- glorious images all!
kaybee 14 5.8k 25 Scotland
8 Oct 2011 1:37PM
3 super images.
Maiwand 11 3 73 England
8 Oct 2011 2:09PM
Three excellent shots Arthur accompanied by an equally good narrative. My vote for V1 I think. Lovely composition.
Daisymaye Plus
9 23 16 Canada
8 Oct 2011 2:35PM
All superb images Arthur. It's really hard to decide my favorite, either V1 or V2 because of their wonderful b/g's ...........Sandy
pluckyfilly 11 351 33 United Kingdom
8 Oct 2011 8:53PM
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
moiral 8 12 Scotland
8 Oct 2011 9:11PM
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.
9 Oct 2011 12:36AM
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
Beautiful image A - well done !

brownsilent 11 7 2 United Kingdom
10 Oct 2011 8:18PM
Breathtakingly beautiful!
xwang 9 56 8
11 Oct 2011 8:40PM
Excellent three... great shots, I love Elephants..nice writing up.
Chubby 9
12 Oct 2011 9:18PM
Hi Arthur, love them all, but i like v1 best .Hope to see them for real.
TerryMcK 9 72 2 United Kingdom
16 Oct 2011 11:39AM
Excellent wildlife photography with this trio, Arthur. Particularly like V1. All three would look great mounted & framed.
kinfatric 13 550 9 Scotland
22 Oct 2011 3:40PM
All are wonderful.
29 Oct 2011 12:59PM
Lovely shot
30 Oct 2011 9:41AM
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
Jocelia 6 2 1 Australia
6 Nov 2011 12:07AM
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………..
6 Nov 2011 8:45PM
A beautiful set of images, I prefer V1, I like all that open space to show off that lovely sky.

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