There and back again

By ColleenA
Good morning.....
Thank you for all your votes and great comments on yesterdays hyena....

Normally at the game farm we get good sightings of elephant. They normally surround the vehicle and I get extremely nervous. Because it is mid winter and here is not much in the way of green leaves they have split into smaller herds. We also had to look far and wide for them this time. We eventually found a herd far off track and in thick bush, they were all sleeping standing up. A rare sight to see the whole herd asleep. I could not get any clear images. 2 days later we found another small herd, this time they were next to the track. Quite a few of them were lying down sleeping, again something you do not see often. One female was quite active and she graced us with a walk in front of our vehicle. She grazed for a few minutes on the left side then turned and walked back again. We were able to get 2 good captures of her before she returned to the thick bush.
In winter they eat a lot of bark off the thin branches as it is full of nutrients. They snap a branch off, pull all the leaves off with their trunk. Then like a machine they hold the branch with their trunk and feed it in one side of their mouth, it comes out the other side stripped clean. You will note she is fully aware of us with the tip of her trunk towards us so she can smell us.
Uncropped...straight out of the camera and framed
Have a nice day....
For interest sake i have included V3 of an elephant sleeping, looks like a big rock

Tags: Wildlife and nature

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Hermanus 5 4 South Africa
3 Sep 2013 6:39AM
Good morning Colleen !! Two lovely captures this - she looks more relaxed and less on a mission in V2 Smile I love your write up too !! Have a super day !!Looks like rain here - but yesterday was a real Spring day !!

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CarolG 11 199 20 Greece
3 Sep 2013 6:40AM
Two wonderful images, Colleen. Carol
Andysnapper 10 109 25 England
3 Sep 2013 6:42AM
Superb Colleen, what a magnificent animal and beautiful captured.

LynneJoyce Plus
10 20 99 United Kingdom
3 Sep 2013 6:48AM
Two splendid images of this beautiful creature.
Chinga Plus
7 3 1 United Kingdom
3 Sep 2013 6:50AM
What an amazing sight!
I have only seen the India and Ski Lankean Elephants and they have pink Hears! Grin
Excellent shots... IB
Nigeve1 Plus
5 1.4k 101 United Kingdom
3 Sep 2013 6:50AM
V1 the pick here for me today, very well captured.
S_Psharma 5 1 India
3 Sep 2013 6:54AM
Fantastjc captures v2 is winner for me.
SUE118 Plus
10 8 1 United Kingdom
3 Sep 2013 7:11AM
Great capture's and yes it does look like a rock.
Caziwinkles 5 3 1 United Kingdom
3 Sep 2013 7:13AM
Fantastic shots - maybe he had forgotten something! Smile

3 Sep 2013 7:21AM
Excellent captures Colleen, V2 a slight favourite this morning,
ali63 Plus
6 775 1 United Kingdom
3 Sep 2013 7:23AM
3 stunning shots Colleen,

barbarahirst 9 27 12 United Kingdom
3 Sep 2013 7:27AM
I love V 1
She has attitude / a purpose /...and looks sexy in an elephant way.
abeeror2 5 23 Australia
3 Sep 2013 7:31AM
Very enjoyable, fantastic set!
Nikonuser1 Plus
5 153 16 United Kingdom
3 Sep 2013 7:35AM
Excellent captures Colleen, great write upSmile

Lillian Plus
8 22 17 United Kingdom
3 Sep 2013 7:40AM
Want to go this I did mean to go that way..!
two great shots Colleen, so envious of those trips there
thanks for the sleeper too
3 Sep 2013 7:51AM
Morning Colleen. Wonderful captures. I like Lillian am very envious and hope one day for a lottery win Wink

3 Sep 2013 8:24AM
Fabu;ous collection today Colleen.

Tish1 Plus
5 16 4 United Kingdom
3 Sep 2013 8:34AM
Such magnificent animals and very well presented here; I was a little concerned about V3 since it is my understanding that elephants sleep standing up, but your write up relieved my fears.

Snow? Colleen please hang on to it for as long as possible since we don't want it on this side of the equator.

xwang 9 56 8
3 Sep 2013 8:40AM
A set of amusing shots...with interesting title. He(she) was not sleeping while you took the photos, is he? That would be sleep walking... do the elephants do that as well?Grin Excellently taken, nice writing up.
Richsr 11 91 223 England
3 Sep 2013 9:07AM
V1 is a fine capture Colleen
3 Sep 2013 9:10AM
A terrific set of images. Well done Smile
3 Sep 2013 9:16AM
Three fantastic images, Colleen!

cats_123 Plus
14 4.8k 28 Northern Ireland
3 Sep 2013 9:18AM
Thanks for the storyline....two great catches Grin
Jasper87 Plus
8 2.0k 150 England
3 Sep 2013 9:53AM
Typical female, can't make her mind up!! TongueGrinGrinGrin

Well captured, Colleen, and more fascinating info.

3 Sep 2013 10:03AM
hmmm Dave's feeling brave this morning lol two nice on the move captures Colleen and as you rightly say v3 looks like a big rock

3 Sep 2013 10:52AM
A nice Pachyderm study
richmowil Plus
9 352 2 England
3 Sep 2013 11:45AM
Its all been said above Colleen - Fine set of images!!
taggart Plus
13 47 13 United States
3 Sep 2013 1:26PM
OMe could easily mistake the elephant for a big rock-- 3 super images of the huge animals!
tomcat 12 6.4k 15 United Kingdom
3 Sep 2013 2:24PM
A damn fine roadblockWink

mikbee 11 3 8 Scotland
3 Sep 2013 2:54PM
Not seen one sleeping before Colleen.
Sadly I have seen a few pics of them dead with the poachers after their tusks.
Good set.
6 3 8 United Kingdom
3 Sep 2013 3:25PM
These images reminds me of when I was in SA many years ago. Lovely images especially the one sleeping as it is a rare sightWinkGrin
3 Sep 2013 3:40PM
Fabulous captures Colleen.

Jenny Smile
myrab 12 United Kingdom
3 Sep 2013 4:10PM
2 brilliant shots Colleen.

TrevBatWCC Plus
9 12 12 England
3 Sep 2013 4:29PM
I've heard of zebra crossings, but here we've got an elephant crossing!! Grin A super set, Colleen, with V1 being my fave Wink
Trev Smile
What a big animal !Grin- Theyd better be in a good mood!- Good cathes, Colleen !Smile Welöl done! ---- Jukka.Grin
ddolfelin Plus
6 103 3 Wales
3 Sep 2013 4:47PM
Fine work - be careful out there, Colleen!
johnlw 11 1 10 United Kingdom
3 Sep 2013 4:55PM
Like the shots but I think V3 is great it's amazing how such a big animal blends into the background.
Regards John.
JuBarney 7 26 3 United Kingdom
3 Sep 2013 5:19PM
A splendid set and so wonderful to see in the wild.
NDODS 7 5.1k 125 United Kingdom
3 Sep 2013 5:19PM
Incredible wildlife photography Colleen. A pleasure to view and comment upon.

REgards Nathan GrinGrinGrin
Fefe Plus
6 23 31 United Kingdom
3 Sep 2013 6:17PM

Quote:I've heard of zebra crossings, but here we've got an elephant crossing!! Grin A super set, Colleen, with V1 being my fave Wink
Trev Smile

And I have heard of "why did the chicken cross the road"TongueGrinGrin
V1 is brilliant Colleen!
Brian65 9 2 United Kingdom
3 Sep 2013 7:53PM
Wonderful shots Colleen, keep them coming.
nonur Plus
9 17 13 Turkey
3 Sep 2013 9:16PM
Wonderful wild like shots, I love V1.
3 Sep 2013 9:16PM

You excel with these wildlife captures

Well done on another fine image

3 Sep 2013 9:19PM
great capture and a wonderful right up ColleenSmile
Potra 5 Venezuela
3 Sep 2013 9:33PM
Colleen I love your explanations of the pictures. In V1 she looks not only alert (as you pointed out) but also very energetic and determined. She is not holding down her head, which is an image that I have in mind when I think of elephants.
Awesome pictures, I guess one must be nervous about them...They can be lethal, like bears, thanks God I never saw one during my year in Montana.
3 Sep 2013 10:08PM
Two splendid images Colleen.
capto Plus
6 5.2k 8 United Kingdom
3 Sep 2013 10:14PM
A real pleasure to see these creatures in their natural surroundings.Smile

3 Sep 2013 10:32PM
Great set Colleen. Cathy
Irishkate Plus
7 41 114 United Kingdom
3 Sep 2013 10:57PM
Beautiful images of the elephant and so good to learn from your understanding of their habits.
annettep38 Plus
6 218 40 Costa Rica
5 Sep 2013 2:26PM
intriguing to learn about their habits.
Now I like to think of myself as braver than most out on my own, but if I would see myself confronted with V1 on the way home, I would probably drop my jaw and do the fastest U turn known to humankind.
So you are much braver than me... I would rahter have looked for a good spot for the U turn than for a camera Smile
Sheddy 9 United Kingdom
16 Sep 2013 9:14AM
I read your piece,and your understanding of the Animals and Scene,shows in your pictures.Very Good.

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