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
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Sunset Kariba Zimbabwe Elephants Matusadona Bulls
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