Behind the Frame – With Mom

Gerry van der Walt All Authors Leave a Comment



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


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