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



Elephant in Weed Filled Pool

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An elephant (Loxodonta africana) feeds on the roots of an aquatic weed, water hyacinth (Eichhornia crassipes) at one of the few surviving water pans at Mana Pools National Park. The general shortage of food in the area, shortly before the rains, makes water hyacinth a useful plant for the duration. Hyacinth is indigenous to South America, originating from the upper Amazon basin. It is one of the worst aquatic weeds to infest southern African water ways, out –competing indigenous aquatic plant species and causing oxygen starvation to fish and other aquatic creatures. Attempts at cleaning up this pest plant using biological controls, in the form of weevils, have partly eradicated the scourge, but its presence is still felt in most dams and still waters.
Population Trend : Increasing; Threat: VulnerableSource IUCN
(Canon 7D; f/11; 1/60sec; ISO-200; 100mm)

Picture ©2011 Andrew Field – Simply Wild Photography

Elephants Gathering for a Pint

Another old image with four Elephants (Loxodonta africana) on the flood plain along the Zambezi River joining each other for a quiet discussion and a drink. It is quite common for herds of elephant to traverse the River between Zimbabwe and Zambia, without having to go through passport control.
Population Trend : Increasing; Threat: VulnerableSource IUCN
(Canon 50D; f/5.6; 1/250sec; ISO-500; 210mm)

Picture ©2010 Andrew Field – Simply Wild Photography

Caught Napping

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Elephants (Loxondonta africana) take frequent naps, but most often on four legs. They actually sleep for a remarkably short time in the wild, some say two to three hours a day, and only sleep lying down once in every three to four days. We stumbled upon this pachyderm, fast asleep in the prone position.
Population Trend : Increasing; Threat: VulnerableSource IUCN
(Canon EOS 5D Mk III/ EF100-400mm IS II USM; 1/180 sec; f/6.7; ISO 320; 400mm)

Picture ©2016 Andrew Field – Simply Wild Photography

Digital Photography Terms
Hyperfocal Distance is the distance to the nearest items in a scene when the lens is set to infinity.

“What the Photograph reproduces to infinity has occurred only once: the Photograph mechanically repeats what could never be repeated existentially”

– Roland Barthes