Close encounter

By ColleenA
Good morning...
Hope you all had a good valentines day and to the UK members hope all is ok after last nights dreadful storm.
A big thank you to LynneJoyce, Pentaxpatty,Kuvailija (Jukka), Ed (Glastopcat) and Adrian (Tomcat) for their UA's much appreciated.
Today a young (lactating) female elephant who was on her way to my side of the vehicle...she stuck her trunk into my camera bag ,nosed around then turned around and went back to her youngster. My heart nearly stopped but the ranger was gently talking to me to remain calm. It also fits for Shadow saturday.
V2 is a mono version and the other versions more close encounters with these gentle giants.
V3 and 4 the elephant actually knocked out Trackers cap off his head...very funny afterwards...
V5 and 6 close encounters with some of our friends...
V7 another elephant, another close encounter for our Tracker
Have a nice weekend...our heatwave continues ...36 deg in CT today

Tags: Elephants Wildlife and nature

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Wow, that is up close !!!! The beautiful wrinkly one is just stunning.. Amazing photography in the natural surrounds.. Love, love..
Fantastic set Colleen..

Lynette Grin

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This encounter must have gotten your adrenaline flowing, Colleen. Nothing like a close encounter. Great set of photos.

Bantu 4 7 1 India
15 Feb 2014 5:50AM
Really very close encounter,lovely.
LynneJoyce Plus
10 20 99 United Kingdom
15 Feb 2014 6:00AM
Wow, what a fabulous series. V5 is my favourite, such clear focus on the elephant and the people in the foreground make it clear just how close this encounter was.
NDODS 7 5.1k 125 United Kingdom
15 Feb 2014 6:08AM
Extraordinary imagery Colleen...

Regards Nathan GrinGrinGrin
CarolG 11 199 20 Greece
15 Feb 2014 6:14AM
An amazing set, Colleen, showing us just how 'up close and personal' you get. Carol
Nigeve1 Plus
5 1.4k 101 United Kingdom
15 Feb 2014 6:20AM
A remarkable encounter and excellent imagery, V1 for me.
15 Feb 2014 6:34AM
Outstanding recent wildlife images Colleen. Well done indeed. A
jaktis 14 84 Sweden
15 Feb 2014 7:24AM

Stunning set of elephant images, Colleen. V1,5 and 6 are my faves., Interesting narrative. I wonder what the elephant's trunk sniffed into your camera bag.

mistere Plus
4 4 3 England
15 Feb 2014 7:49AM
That is about as close as you want them to be, super images and not shakey at all. I think i would have
taken some very blurred images if i had been in the jeep. Well done.

Philip_H 6 1 United Kingdom
15 Feb 2014 8:18AM
What a wonderful close encounter.

Caziwinkles 5 3 1 United Kingdom
15 Feb 2014 8:23AM
There is close and then there is 'really close'!! How wonderful Colleen! Smile

Mollycat Plus
4 11 2 United Kingdom
15 Feb 2014 8:36AM
They are so close I can almost smell them. Incredible pictures Colleen.
Peter GrinGrinGrin
15 Feb 2014 8:52AM
These are amazing shots Colleen,from V1 right through all are close up and personal. Still raining here. Swop your 36 degrees please Smile Patty
15 Feb 2014 8:57AM
Super set Colleen, V1 my favourite,
viscostatic 11 36 5 United Kingdom
15 Feb 2014 9:07AM
Great images Colleen, especially V1 and V2.

gwynn56 6 87 England
15 Feb 2014 9:45AM
nice capture Smile
15 Feb 2014 9:46AM
An amazing set Colleen. V1 and V2 are my fav.
9 10 10 England
15 Feb 2014 9:54AM
Amazing captures Colleen - bit rushed at the moment but will be back later to have a more leisurely peruse. Smile
ddolfelin Plus
6 103 3 Wales
15 Feb 2014 9:57AM
Big game in every way, Colleen.
Wonderful pictures.
ali63 Plus
6 775 1 United Kingdom
15 Feb 2014 10:02AM
Superb images Colleen, what an experience to be so close to these beautiful Elephants SmileSmileSmile

SlowSong Plus
9 7.4k 30 England
15 Feb 2014 10:45AM
Keep calm! With such a Huge animal rummaging around in your camera bag! Suppose it'd pinched your kit? Grin
Very brave Colleen, and amazing pictures. The experience of a lifetime. Smile
rontear Plus
15 8 8 England
15 Feb 2014 11:09AM
Elephants are making the news for all the wrong reasons lately, this one was just inquisitive !! Colleen. Excellent.
15 Feb 2014 11:23AM
A great set of images Colleen, you are much braver than I am.

Mary Grin
15 Feb 2014 11:34AM
up close and personal indeed Colleen glad you remained calm

a super set well done.

15 Feb 2014 12:19PM
An absolutely fascinating set of images, Colleen - what an experience.
Fefe Plus
6 23 31 United Kingdom
15 Feb 2014 12:28PM
Wonderful set Colleen...... you are so lucky to be this close!
Brian65 9 2 United Kingdom
15 Feb 2014 2:11PM
WOW! Colleen, I would have run for it. Great shots.
Mike_Young Plus
11 12 9 United Kingdom
15 Feb 2014 2:19PM
Splendid images, how marvellous to get so close to these fabulous creatures
mikbee 11 3 8 Scotland
15 Feb 2014 2:57PM
Good close up shots Colleen.
They would be too close for comfort for me though !!
Nikonuser1 Plus
5 153 16 United Kingdom
15 Feb 2014 2:58PM
A super set of images ColleenSmile

Mike_Smith Plus
10 490 1 United Kingdom
15 Feb 2014 3:55PM
Cracking set of shots Colleen, i have been interested in African wildlife from been a child, i hope one day to be able to visit and see them for myself, where they all belong in the wild. Zoo's i think have a roll to play in maybe without them some animals would become extinct. But its time the Goverments of the world got a grip somehow to stop the poaching, and destruction of these beautiful animals
15 Feb 2014 4:14PM
Awesome images Colleen.
15 Feb 2014 4:26PM
Excellent images , and an exciting story! GrinGrinGrinGrinGrin Superb shots Colleen ! --- Jukka.Smile
capto Plus
6 5.2k 8 United Kingdom
15 Feb 2014 4:28PM
That is scary but exhilarating.Smile

netta1234 6 382 2 Wales
15 Feb 2014 5:15PM
I love Elephants and I love all these images Colleen,
Really closeSmileSmileSmile
I'd love to be there with you,Smilebut I live too far away and I don't like to travel far,so I will enjoy looking at your images.Smile
taggart Plus
13 47 13 United States
15 Feb 2014 5:45PM
Wonderful set, I appreciate seeing him in his environment and seeing him interact with the guide!

PS--re: wheelbarrow-- This should tell you why we are not worried about mosquitos these days…. LOL
ColleenA Plus
5 367 6 Australia
15 Feb 2014 6:08PM
Lol Jenn think you need to send us some snow then.
15 Feb 2014 6:20PM
That was CLOSE! I am sure it was very funny "afterwards". She has rather kind looking eyes, if you can say that about an elephant in the wild.

evelen 13 5 England
15 Feb 2014 6:45PM
great capture hope you enjoy your holiday in Mykonos its a lovely place to visit we love it there you will have to go to the beach where Shirley Valentine went .
EileenH 4 1 United Kingdom
15 Feb 2014 6:51PM
Fantastic. Set Smile

Lillian Plus
9 22 17 United Kingdom
15 Feb 2014 7:18PM
Wow! Exceptional images here ColleenLillian
Irishkate Plus
7 41 114 United Kingdom
15 Feb 2014 7:20PM
Elephants somehow look less threating than other animals but I guess their weight could do a lot of damage.
Great set of very close ups!!
Kate GrinGrinGrin
ColleenA Plus
5 367 6 Australia
15 Feb 2014 7:29PM
Kate if you could see them snap a huge branch off a tree in a second that 2 men and a chain saw would take 10 minutes cutting you would realize just how strong they really are. But when they walk through the bush they are as quiet as mice. Gentle giants. Grin
dark_lord Plus
14 2.2k 540 England
15 Feb 2014 7:34PM
Amazing to see how close the elephants were. They can be very dangerous, but they are also very intelligent so they wouldn't have come that close to you if they sensed any threat from your party. That's not sying you shouldn't be a little bit scared or not treat them with respect/caution.
V1 is superb, though I also like V2 as it works very well, perhaps looks more powerful.
We'd like some of your warmth to dry us out Grin

15 Feb 2014 7:41PM
Fabulous set of images, you took the correct action in taking wonderful captures.

The nearest we can get to 36 deg is in the microwave
15 Feb 2014 7:43PM
Fascinating and enthralling set of images.

6 3 8 United Kingdom
15 Feb 2014 8:53PM
Well done on a great image (V1) and well done for sharing nerves of steel!WinkGrin
marktc Plus
7 101 15 United Kingdom
15 Feb 2014 9:22PM
terrific Colleen
gss 4 1 Romania
15 Feb 2014 9:37PM
All 7 are wonderfull, but V7 is sensational!
richmowil Plus
9 352 2 England
15 Feb 2014 10:16PM
Excellent set of images Colleen!! V1 just edges it for me!!
cheesey 12 2 United Kingdom
15 Feb 2014 11:43PM
Cracking set of shots Colleen, very nicely captured.
Chinga Plus
7 3 1 United Kingdom
16 Feb 2014 4:28PM
Spectacular shots... What an amazing experience it must have been! Grin
16 Feb 2014 9:37PM
Fantastic set Coleen. Cathy
17 Feb 2014 4:24AM
Awesome set of images Colleen! I envy you! lol
It must be a wonderful feeling to be so close to these beautiful elephants!
Brenda Smile
Glostopcat 12 255 2 England
17 Feb 2014 10:29PM
What a wonderful set of images of these gentle giants, it must be have been an experience of a lifetime to interact with them at such close quarters.

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