Flood Plain Elephants

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Occasionally, the photographer is presented with the perfect opportunity, the golden hour, well lit subject with an amazingly unobtrusive background. How could anyone help but not take this shot. These elephants (Loxodonta africana) were grazing on a sand bank in the Zambezi River, their purpose was not so much for food, but more for the salts or minerals (more specifically sodium), apparently deficient in their diet or, according to some, roughage to assist digestion found in consumption of the sandy lome. Some call this geophagy, which more rightly belongs to clay consumption. The trait is more common in female elephants, following fecal-sodium loss in pregnancy and lactation.
(Canon EOS 5D Mark III/EF70-200mm IS USM + 1.4x; 1/400 sec; f/6,3; ISO 200; 280mm)

Picture ©2014 Andrew Field – Simply Wild Photography

Photography Quotes
Robert Capa was a Hungarian war photographer, and photojournalist who covered many wars including the Spanish Civil War, the Second Sino-Japanese War, World War II across Europe, the 1948 Arab-Israeli War, and the First Indochina War. Capa is attributed with the quote:

“If your pictures aren’t good enough, you aren’t close enough”

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2 thoughts on “Flood Plain Elephants

  1. Andrew, as a fellow Zimbo, photos like this make me want to return home! How I miss opportunities like this and as always, absolutely stunning photo!

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