Elephant trio at sunset, Hwange National Park

This picture of three elephants (Loxodonta africana) crowding around a water source was taken in Hwange National Park in Zimbabwe. The one animal was a glistening, near-black color after wading in the muddy water, while the others were a matt grey.

It was sunset and the slanting rays turned the wading elephant’s ear into copper while emphasising the facial corrugations and creases of the tusker on the left, suggesting his great age and wisdom.

I deliberately used a slow shutter speed (1/40) to portray the constant, rhythmic flapping of ears that elephants use to cool down their bodies. Such awe-inspiring animals!

Picture taken with a Canon EOS 400D (Canon Rebel XTi) plus EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM telephoto lens.

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