Stretching in the Larder

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A bull elephant honing its food collection skills, which is a common sight in Mana Pools. That tree, Acacia Galpinii (also known as Monkey Thorn), which grows in riverine woodlands, is a favourite for pachyderms in the park. Those apparently sweet leaves will be bursting out in abundance during the spring, the tree will flower and six months later the pods will fall, another favourite delicacy of the elephant. This particular elephant actually lifts itself onto its hind legs and stretches higher into the tree for food. His skills are renowned, not only to photographers, but to the many other elephants which follow him on his feeding route.
(Canon EOS 5D MarkIII / EF 100-400mm f/4.5 L IS II USM; 1/2000 sec; f/5.6; ISO 1250; 170mm)

Picture ©2018 Andrew Field – Simply Wild Photography

 

This image, and others of your selection, can be acquired from the author printed on fine art canvas of photographic paper for wall mounting.

Collared Elephant

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One idea the photographer has always pursued in his wildlife imagery has been never to include any object or thing of human construct in his pictures. This has become increasingly difficult, to say the least, as genuine wildlife suffers these constricts of man. So it is here, with a saddened heart, that one had to make the choice between a personal philosophy and an incredibly beautiful and exciting scene.
Collaring is just another form of human encroachment. Some say this is done to protect the species, though I doubt collaring will achieve that objective. Poachers and, rarely, unscrupulous hunters ignore collaring on a prize trophy beast. For others this encroachment is for scientific purposes. Perhaps, but we are not seeing the published results of such research or, more importantly, enjoying its benefits. This continual limiting of wildlife reserves and all forms of containment are sinking us to the mentality of zoo keeping, where genuine wildlife is reduced to being caged and prodded by moron inhumanity.
(Canon EOS 5D MarkIII / EF 100-400mm f/4.5 L IS II USM +1.4x III; 1/125 sec; f/4.5; ISO 640; 390mm)

Picture ©2018 Andrew Field – Simply Wild Photography

 

This image, and others of your selection, can be acquired from the author printed on fine art canvas of photographic paper for wall mounting.

Charge!

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This little elephant, who stood no higher than the now dry indigofera, charged at the photographer with much noise and gusto, kicking up dust… At birth, elephants weigh about 100kg and stand nearly a meter tall. This specimen was probably over a year in age, with its tusks just beginning to show. Not an entirely sharp image with all the commotion, but shared for your enjoyment.
(Canon EOS 5D MarkIII / EF 100-400mm f/2.8L IS II USM; 1/125 sec; f/4.5; ISO 320; 176mm)

Picture ©2018 Andrew Field – Simply Wild Photography

This image, and others of your selection, can be acquired from the author printed on fine art canvas of photographic paper for wall mounting.

Elephant High Fibre Diet

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The photographer came across these two elephants chewing away at the fibres of a huge, freshly fallen Baobab tree, while hiking towards a small pan.  Fallen trees are a source of food and water during the latter part of the dry season in Mana Pools. Being on foot, the photographer could not venture too close nor work a better, more creative angle, for fear of aggravating the elephants.  This was taken in a typical Mopani forest area, just before the first rains.  Its the time when the tree sap rises and trees blossom into leaf and flower.
(Canon 7D; f/7,1; 1/160sec; ISO-100; 100mm)

Picture ©2011 Andrew Field – Simply Wild Photography

Mother and Child

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Elephant (Loxodonta africana) mothers develop a protective bond with their offspring so much so that if a calf wanders off, the cow will go after it and bring it to within her “safety net”. Slowly this bond changes to a leader/follower relationship with the burden of staying close to mother being on the calf.  This maternal bond lasts for many years beyond weaning.  One of Africa’s beautiful beasts and one still cannot understand how humanity has allowed its outright slaughter in Africa. Ivory Poaching and hunting has decimated half of Mozambique’s elephant population in 5 years (by 2015) and yet further by 2017 leaving a mere 5% of these magnificent mammals in the wild.
Population Trend : Increasing; Threat: VulnerableSource IUCN
(Canon EOS 5D Mark III/ EF100-400 IS USM; 1/750 sec; f/6.7; ISO 640; 227mm)

Picture ©2016 Andrew Field – Simply Wild Photography

Digital Photography Terms
Bit Depth in digital photography refers to the number of bits to record the colour of a single pixel. Colour is represented in three channels, red, green and blue with at least eight bits per colour channel, giving a bit depth of 24 bits per pixel and a colour range of over 16 million hues, tints and shades.

“Be daring, be different, be impractical, be anything that will assert integrity of purpose and imaginative vision against the ‘play-it-safers’, the creatures of the commonplace, the slaves of the ordinary.”

– Peter Lindberg