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By ColleenA
Good morning....
Thank you so much for all your votes and great comments on my little manure roller yesterday and a special thanks to Billy (Williamsloane) and Sue for their UA's, much appreciated.

Today they are holding an International conference in London on how to stop the illegal trade of ivory around the world and try and save our elephants and rhino's. It's now the 4th most lucrative world wide illegal crime after drugs, arms dealing and human trafficking. It's worth an estimated $20 billion a year....... So thought its a good idea to upload more elephant images.
Have a nice day...

Tags: Elephants Wildlife and nature

Voters: handlerstudio, ddolfelin, ugly and 84 more

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Look at those beautiful wrinkles! Such loveable faces.. Beautiful images Colleen. I sincerely hope the Conference has a successful outcome for these wonderful animals..

Lynette Grin

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Thank you, Colleen for these. I heard about the conference on NPR this morning.

I think that these may be the most noble and majestic animals on earth. Who mourn their dead, and keep close extended families in life.

Peter
ColleenA Plus
4 319 4 Australia
13 Feb 2014 5:48AM
Yes Peter, man is not always good, sometimes they are downright evil....you are right elephants are great, to sit in a an open vehicle surrounded by there gentle giants and watch them feed and interact is one of the most beautiful things to ever experience in life. Thank you for your awardGrin
13 Feb 2014 6:02AM
Top notch pictures of these great animals.

They will have to sort out the gangs which are mostly running the trade now.
Hope things improve.
Bantu Plus
3 7 1 India
13 Feb 2014 6:15AM
perfect close up,really involved in wildlife.
Andysnapper 8 109 25 England
13 Feb 2014 6:34AM
A stunning almost abstract close up Colleen. Beautiful and moving, hopefully something can be done to stop the evil and needless killing of these wonderful creatures.

Andy
CarolG Plus
9 196 18 Greece
13 Feb 2014 6:47AM
Three wonderful close-up images, Colleen, let's hope something positive comes out of the conference today. Carol
Caziwinkles 3 3 1 United Kingdom
13 Feb 2014 7:05AM
Such lovely long eyelashes...! Great close-ups of these magnificent animals. Smile
Fingers crossed for a positive result from the conference.

Carol
SUE118 Plus
8 8 1 United Kingdom
13 Feb 2014 7:23AM
Such gentle creature's and we must save them.
mistere Plus
3 1 3 England
13 Feb 2014 7:24AM
Stunning, beautiful images again Colleen, such incredible animals.
Excellent work.

Dave.
Tish1 Plus
3 16 1 United Kingdom
13 Feb 2014 7:44AM
Perhaps a day cream would work wonders here Grin These are fantastic

Tish
ugly Plus
8 9 57 United Kingdom
13 Feb 2014 7:48AM
Just love the detail..

Dave
13 Feb 2014 7:53AM

Quote:Three wonderful close-up images, Colleen, let's hope something positive comes out of the conference today. Carol

Quote:Stunning, beautiful images again Colleen, such incredible animals.
Excellent work.

Dave.


Quote:Such gentle creature's and we must save them.
----- I agree very much with these comments !!!! GrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrin --- Jukka.Smile
User_Removed 3 10 4 United Kingdom
13 Feb 2014 8:03AM
A close up on a beautiful creature but humanity chooses to treat it so badly.

Di
Nikonuser1 Plus
4 72 14 United Kingdom
13 Feb 2014 8:25AM
Super close up's Colleen, excellent detailSmile


Cliff
NDODS Plus
6 5.1k 125 United Kingdom
13 Feb 2014 8:33AM
Three most impressive and certainly beautiful close up captures. The folds of leather like skin providing one with wonderful natural abstracts. "Great work Colleen"

Regards Nathan GrinGrinGrin
viscostatic 10 34 5 United Kingdom
13 Feb 2014 8:36AM
Beautiful images showing the skin texture of these amazing animals Colleen. Sorry to be a pessimist but I bet they do a lot of talking and achieve nothing just as has happened in the past with other world problems.

Phil.
Richsr Plus
9 91 223 England
13 Feb 2014 8:46AM
Good close up details Colleen.
So there will be none left in the wild I fear
R.
rontear Plus
13 8 7 England
13 Feb 2014 9:05AM
Elephants are on the edge, after all the work in conservation. An awful trade, endearing images Colleen.
Ron
lesliea 7 2 Australia
13 Feb 2014 9:16AM
Beautiful close up images Colleen well captured.
Allen, Smile
Mollycat Plus
3 11 2 United Kingdom
13 Feb 2014 9:39AM
Superb Colleen, wonderful pictures of this the most magnificent of animals.
Peter GrinGrinGrin
13 Feb 2014 9:43AM
Thsoe eyelashes! Some super models would really love to have these but they would need an eyelash curler. Great portrait of the noble elephant.

Maureen
13 Feb 2014 10:03AM
Great close ups, Colleen. Lets hope that the elephant species can be saved before its too late.

Fred
EMJAYCEE Plus
7 10 10 England
13 Feb 2014 10:16AM
Three excellent images Colleen and hope that some good decisions are taken at the conference.
Joan.
Irishkate Plus
6 38 100 United Kingdom
13 Feb 2014 10:23AM
Three great close up Colleen.
I'd never have realised there was such a demand for ivory!
If we didn't buy it, there'd be no use for it.
Kate GrinGrinGrin
SlowSong Plus
8 6.4k 29 England
13 Feb 2014 11:50AM
Money -v- animals. The people who kill them, brainless scum. What are they going to do when all the animals are gone?
Sad
13 Feb 2014 11:55AM
as the Chinese and the Vietnamese get richer the demand will always rise all shipment to china through places like Hong Kong must be 100% searched

Graham
Chinga Plus
5 3 1 United Kingdom
13 Feb 2014 12:13PM
Do they call him Wrinkly? He's a beauty with eye lashes to kill for! Grin
Wonderful images Colleen!
Now we need a pink elephant for Valentines day tomorrow!Grin
IB
gwynn56 4 87 England
13 Feb 2014 12:48PM
nice set of image , as for the Illegal trade in Ivory , I often wonder if the destruction of the siezed Ivory is a good thing or bad thing , would it be better to sell it off under some sort of licence cheaply whereby the money raised goes to some sort of charity , rather than creating a high price for those in the Illegal trade Sad
Lillian Plus
7 22 17 United Kingdom
13 Feb 2014 12:51PM
Fantastic really brilliant images Colleen
Lillian
ColleenA Plus
4 319 4 Australia
13 Feb 2014 1:10PM

Quote:Nice set of image , as for the Illegal trade in Ivory , I often wonder if the destruction of the siezed Ivory is a good thing or bad thing , would it be better to sell it off under some sort of licence cheaply whereby the money raised goes to some sort of charity , rather than creating a high price for those in the Illegal trade Sad

I totally agree Gwynn, one looks at all that ivory and you realize they have all died in vain...
13 Feb 2014 1:22PM
Wonderful close up of these beautiful animals, I love elephants, the eyelashes are gorgeous,
I trust the conference goes well, I hate to think of any animal dying in vain or for usual testing of products...
Lovely photos once again GrinGrinGrin
Rende Plus
9 38 4 Netherlands
13 Feb 2014 1:30PM
Lovely set of crops with V3 my favourite.
Rende
13 Feb 2014 1:59PM
Beautifully detailed captures, v1 for me, all are wonderful compositions
taggart Plus
12 47 13 United States
13 Feb 2014 2:17PM
politics aside, this is all about texture---fantastic images-- wrinkles mud and eye lashes-- superb!
13 Feb 2014 2:34PM
These images are awesome Colleen. Wonderful, wonderful detail GrinGrin
Ivory belongs on an elephant not anywhere else. Really, really hoping good things come from this conference.

Kathryn
Very nice work, regards,B...
Mike_Young 10 12 9 United Kingdom
13 Feb 2014 4:11PM
Cracking close ups of these amazing animals
13 Feb 2014 4:35PM
A superb collection of images, Colleen.
Let's hope greed and evil do not prevail.
Richard
JuBarney Plus
5 20 3 United Kingdom
13 Feb 2014 5:02PM
A stunning close up & love V1.
Ju
gss 2 1 Romania
13 Feb 2014 5:49PM
We are saying here, that if you want something to never be done, then you organize a conference or you create a "rescue committee" having as object that thing ....Therefore I do not believe ever in such actions, much trumpeted, but at the end of which it will not do anything concrete! I prefer instead a lot of beautiful words some quietly and effective actions. Or, when are huge economic profits from killing animals, it would be too difficult to be stopped those things ever (are too high interests). Unfortunately the man managed to exterminate other species with ease, and not able to stop that! Unfortunately from 100 years we are speaking of animal protection, and they still disappear!

About the set of elephants details, it's very interesting, beautiful textures! I would try something - eg V1 I would crop it so that we could not identify what the image is not realize at first what it is, would make a great abstract image
Silviu
EileenH 3 1 United Kingdom
13 Feb 2014 5:53PM
Lovely setSmile

Eileen
13 Feb 2014 6:17PM
Beautiful set of images. I'm fascinated by the texture.
L
13 Feb 2014 6:23PM
Fantastic set of close up images of these wonderful creatures.


Richard
ali63 Plus
4 753 1 United Kingdom
13 Feb 2014 6:25PM
Beautiful images

Ali
carper123 Plus
4 921 8 United Kingdom
13 Feb 2014 6:26PM
A wonderful set of close ups, Coleen, the detail and clarity is fantastic and I luv the crop/composition.
Well done,
Darryl. SmileSmileSmile x
these are superb,first class i would not pass these.


billy
netta1234 Plus
4 369 2 Wales
13 Feb 2014 8:46PM
Fantastic close ups of this lovely animalSmile
NettaSmile
LynneJoyce Plus
8 20 99 United Kingdom
13 Feb 2014 8:53PM
Fabulous, a real celebration of the beauty of wrinkles!
13 Feb 2014 9:01PM
Brilliant shots Colleen. Fingers crossed. Have a Stan. Cathy
capto Plus
4 4.0k 8 United Kingdom
13 Feb 2014 10:50PM
I wish the conference well, but I am not very hopeful. If only someone could find a way of making the ivory worthless while the animals were alive. Maybe dye the ivory or spoil in in some way.Sad

ivor
14 Feb 2014 1:52AM
Fine clarity. Love this closeness.
Glostopcat 10 255 2 England
14 Feb 2014 2:36PM
Tremendous details and textures in the skin Colleen. I hope the Conference is a success but it needs China to take drastic action before it is too late
BIGRY1 Plus
4 3 7 United Kingdom
14 Feb 2014 4:13PM
Great portraits. V1 is superb!Grin
Ryan
BarbaraR 10 17 1 England
14 Feb 2014 6:20PM
I hope so much there's a turning point in saving such
beautiful animals from such a wasted demise.

Love your shots.

B.
nonur Plus
7 17 11 Turkey
15 Feb 2014 8:08AM
Excellent framing and texture.
annettep38 Plus
5 218 40 Costa Rica
16 Feb 2014 12:13AM
very fascinating crops. I think nş3 is the most intriguing one

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