Another really typical waterhole scene in Mana Pools National Park, Zimbabwe. A female elephant (Loxodonta africana) and a young bull elephant take water at one of the last remaining water pans, away from the principal pools towards the Zambezi river. Before drinking these two elephants had showered their bodies with water, using their trunks. This image was captured shortly before midday in harsh sunlight, casting hard shadows. Not the best time of the day to be capturing wildlife images and one suspects the photographer was using the white balance ‘cloud setting’ to introduce mild redness to the image. The photographer could literally sit for hours watching this scenery and activity at waterholes. The walk out of this location was a punishing and enduring episode, in 40° C. plus temperatures. It was worth it with the bounty of images captured by the team who visited the pan.
(Canon 7D; f/11; 1/160sec; ISO-100; 210mm)
Picture ©2010 Andrew Field – Simply Wild Photography