Nikon D7000, Nikon 200-400mm VR II @ 320mm, 1/640, f/4.5, ISO 100
Chobe National Park, Botswana
Elephants make for fanatstic photographic subjects as they are always busy doing something – feeding, playing, interacting. This activity makes for great photographic moments if you are willing to be patient, sit and watch.
On a recent trip to Botswana we were photographing a small group of elephants on the banks of the Chobe River. As the herd started moving off this female and her youngster stayed behind as mom got stuck into a small dust patch where she was eating the soil – a process called geophagy. The youngster would wander around a bit but kept on returning to mom and after a while I ‘saw’ the image I wanted in my mind’s eye.
The next time the young ellie came close to mom I waited for the shadow from mom’s trunk to move away from the youngsters face. Click.
Until next time.
Gerry van der Walt
* * *