He ain't heavy, he's my brother...

By ColleenA
Good morning....
Thank you for all the votes and comments and a special thanks to Jukka (Kuvailija) and Fred (Fred263) for their UA's ...much apprecaited..
For Shadow Saturday I decided to turn this young juvenile elephant into a mono image.
The African elephant is the largest living terrestrial animal. They have concave backs. The upperlip and nose form a trunk. The trunk acts as a fifth limb, an amplifier and an important method of touch. African elephants trunks end in two opposing lips, wheras the Asian elephants trunk ends in a single lip.
Elephants have four molars, each weighs about 5kg and measures about 30cm. As the front pair wears down and drops out in pieces, the back pair moves forward, and two new molars emerge in the back of the mouth. Elephants replace their teeth four to six times in their lifetime.
The elephants tusks are firm teeth, the second set of incisors become the tusks. The tusks are used for digging for roots and for stripping tree bark and for fighting each other during mating season. They also use them for defending themselves against predators.
The tusks weigh between 23-45 kg and can be from 1.5-2.4 metres in length. Unlike Asian elephants both male and female elephants have tusks. They are curved forward and continue to grow right through their lives....

V2 another mono of a different elephant

V3 and 4 an elephant at the water hole who lost half of its trunk when young, either in an attack by a predator or crocodile. It seems to have adapted pretty well. You can clearly see the two holes I mentioned above at the end of its trunk.
Have a nice day

Tags: Elephants Wildlife and nature

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nonur Plus
9 17 13 Turkey
12 Apr 2014 12:43AM
Great shot Colleen. I like this mono a lot.

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12 Apr 2014 12:50AM
Really lovely set Colleen,difficult to pick a winner here,but I think it is V1 by a short head, if you will pardon the unintended pun.
taggart Plus
13 47 13 United States
12 Apr 2014 1:00AM
A great collection, like them all, esp. the color1
Irishkate Plus
7 41 114 United Kingdom
12 Apr 2014 1:15AM
I know you're practising mono and doing very well but I do love the warm colours in V3 & V4.
Several sets of molars would be good for my grandchildren after eating all those sweets!
Kate GrinGrin
terryxc 5 7 England
12 Apr 2014 1:22AM
Brilliant set Colleen, V1 for me but all great shots and an excellent write up...

Mollycat Plus
4 11 2 United Kingdom
12 Apr 2014 2:04AM
Lovely pictures with a great write up Colleen. V3 for me please.
Peter GrinGrinGrin
12 Apr 2014 4:13AM
4 lovely pics
This is a great set, Colleen. The elephant with the partly amputated trunk is quite an image. You are so lucky to be there.

Bantu 4 7 1 India
12 Apr 2014 4:27AM
Superb capture and closeup.

Nigeve1 Plus
5 1.4k 101 United Kingdom
12 Apr 2014 6:02AM
A very good set, I like the monos best and the low key presentation of these is very effective, V2 just best by a nose, or should I say trunk!

CarolG 11 199 20 Greece
12 Apr 2014 6:06AM
A superb set of images, Colleen, but rather sad to see the fella with the damaged trunk in V.4. He must feel rather self-conscious, rather like a human with part of his arm amputated. Carol
12 Apr 2014 6:42AM
Some more great pics of these amazing animals
Served up with some nice informative info
marktc Plus
7 101 15 United Kingdom
12 Apr 2014 7:04AM
Amazing images Colleen, I particularly like the mono's, so evocative. Superb photography again!
12 Apr 2014 7:48AM
V1 my favourite in this super set Colleen,
barbarahirst 9 27 12 United Kingdom
12 Apr 2014 8:23AM
More saggy baggies....
Keep them coming
Don't see many of them in South Leeds.....
netta1234 6 382 2 Wales
12 Apr 2014 8:24AM
SmileHi Colleen ,This is a brilliant set,
I do like the mono but my Award is going for the colour .
LynneJoyce Plus
10 20 99 United Kingdom
12 Apr 2014 8:25AM
Another lovely set with a fascinating description.
12 Apr 2014 8:31AM
A superb set of images and such a fascinating description, Colleen.

Maiwand 11 3 73 England
12 Apr 2014 8:58AM
Excellent shots of these highly intelligent and lovable animals Colleen.GrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrin
12 Apr 2014 9:12AM
V1 for me Colleen I love mono and ofcourse Elephants too, this is so good a real close up and personal one.
Have a good day Best wishes Patty GrinGrinGrinGrin
9 10 10 England
12 Apr 2014 9:12AM
A very interesting write up along with the excellent photography.
viscostatic 11 36 5 United Kingdom
12 Apr 2014 9:18AM
Wonderful images Colleen and interesting information too.

ddolfelin Plus
6 103 3 Wales
12 Apr 2014 9:21AM
Great memories for you, Colleen.
A lovely set of images Colleen, for me it's v1 I like the best.

Mary Grin
termite53 5 8 United Kingdom
12 Apr 2014 10:40AM
Wonderful set, you are so lucky to be so close to wildlife.....we don't get many elephants in these parts..
Nikonuser1 Plus
5 153 16 United Kingdom
12 Apr 2014 11:09AM
A great set of images ColleenSmile

ali63 Plus
6 775 1 United Kingdom
12 Apr 2014 11:16AM
Fantastic images Colleen,

Ali GrinGrin
A great set

12 Apr 2014 12:05PM
a lovely set of shots
12 Apr 2014 12:34PM
Colleen, Wonderful set of images the mono ones are especially dramatic. Smile

Brian J.
12 Apr 2014 2:02PM
A great collection
JohnoP 12 2
12 Apr 2014 2:50PM
Another wonderful set Colleen......colour for me today! Smile John
12 Apr 2014 3:25PM
Great set Colleen, V1 for me.

Is Rob home yet?

mistere Plus
4 4 3 England
12 Apr 2014 3:25PM
Another lovely set Colleen, beautiful photography and a very informative story.
Shame about the little fellows trunk.

12 Apr 2014 4:25PM
Beautiful Elephant images , mono and colour ! - I sometimes feel myself like the V1. So my favorite is V3. --- Excellent images , Colleen! --- Jukka.
Great set of elephant images, Colleen. I agree with Jukka comments above.

12 Apr 2014 6:08PM
Wonderful captures of these amazing animals, excellent presented, Colleen!
Brian65 9 2 United Kingdom
12 Apr 2014 9:11PM
Four wonderful images Colleen, love V3.
fazzer 9 54 7 United Kingdom
12 Apr 2014 9:15PM
A great set Colleen , V2 is my faveSmile
12 Apr 2014 9:15PM
Lovely set of images Colleen. Nice range of tone in the mono

capto Plus
6 5.2k 8 United Kingdom
12 Apr 2014 10:25PM
A fascinating set of these fascinating animals.Smile

12 Apr 2014 10:35PM
Fantastic set Colleen with a great write up. It is amazing how animals can cope with things. Cathy
13 Apr 2014 10:43PM
Colleen yet again a cracking set love em SmileSmile
Very impressive series, Colleen;
Thanks for your continuous support.
Ridgeway 11 222 2 Ireland
16 Apr 2014 1:46AM
I love the trunk min number 4,how amazing it must be to see elephants on thier own invoiriment.
Chinga Plus
7 3 1 United Kingdom
16 Apr 2014 3:03AM
Can't choose... They are all so good! Grin

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