Ghosts Of Etosha | Bull Elephant | Nature Photos | Wildlife Art

Ghosts Of Etosha | Bull Elephant | Nature Photos | Wildlife Art

The Bull Elephant known as the Godfather strides towards me. I had taken up position while he was far off in the distance knowing that he would walk in my direction. This allows me to get a full frontal photo of him walking to me. Knowing the habits of your subject is crucial in Wildlife Photography.

 

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Ghosts of Etosha | Trinity of Elephants | African Wildlife Prints

Ghosts of Etosha | Trinity of Elephants | African Wildlife Prints

The Godfather Bull Elephant shadowed by two other Bull Elephants. It is normal for Bull Elephants to socialise but there is a pecking order and The Godfather is at the top. He keeps the other bulls in check and gets first rights to females.

 

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 Ghosts of Etosha | Elephant Dust Bathing | African Wildlife Prints

Ghosts of Etosha | Elephant Dust Bathing | African Wildlife Prints

The elephants of Etosha have an unique coloring due to their daily bathing ritual in calcrete waterholes. When they emerge they are cement like in appearance. Then as they wander thru the veld they spray themselves with Kalahari red dust.

 

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The Godfather | Elephant Dust Bath | Wildlife Art

The Godfather | Elephant Dust Bath | Wildlife Art

The award winning photograph of The Godfather

He stands still before me in all his magnificence, raising his trunk filled with the red Kalahari dust. In one fluid movement he sprays his forehead and for one brief moment he is covered in the magic of dust and light”

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Elephant Ridge | Nature Photos | Wildlife Art

Elephant Ridge | Nature Photos | Wildlife Art

This is one of my favorite wildlife prints of elephants. I love elephants, I think most people do. So I was a bit frustrated when after a week I could not find this herd. It was on my last day of safari when I came upon them. I was annoyed as I could see from a distance they were just leaving a waterhole. But it turned out to be a very serendipitous moment as they turned and walked in my direction, The waterhole was at higher vantage point than I was. Which meant I could bet this unique point of view. *

 

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Young Elephants | Photo Wall Art Prints

Young Elephants | Photo Wall Art Prints

Three teenager Elephants drink water with trunk extended to touch and greet each other. I am always amazed at how gentle these creatures are too each other.

 

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Young Bull Elephant | Nature Photography Prints

Young Bull Elephant | Nature Photography Prints

This young Bull Elephant was photographed at Etosha National Park. Etosha has the tallest Elephants in the world. Their tusks at very small due to the lack of minerals in the soil. So the tusks tend to break easily. 

This young Bull was trying to prove his dominance by walking towards to me and raising his ears and trunk. In a situation like this ,you give way and let him have the space and he will move on. 

Bull Elephants are generally very passive but younger bulls like this are more aggressive so you must always be aware and try and read the situation.

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Black Rhino Charge | Nature Photos | Wildlife Art

Black Rhino Charge | Nature Photos | Wildlife Art

Adult Black Rhino and Calf Charges at very Worried Photographer

"It is not every day that I get charged by two black rhino and escape unhurt with both vivid memories and an image. While on Photo Safari Tour at Madikwe Game Reserve, South Africa. I was fortunate to come across a pride of lions in an active mood. My guide and I noticed that one of the Lions had spotted something on the tree line in the distance and had begun to stalk it.

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Old Grumpy | Black Rhino | Nature Photos

Old Grumpy | Black Rhino | Nature Photos

Every afternoon "Old Grumpy" would arrive at the waterhole. He didn't like to share this space with any of the other animals. He would chase them away big or small..

 

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Desert Black Rhino | Nature Photography Prints

Desert Black Rhino | Nature Photography Prints

No better feeling for a wildlife photographer when a ton of grumpy black rhino accepts your presence. 

These animals have to survive tough conditions extreme heat in summer and cold winter nights, scarce food and water in an harsh environment 

 

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