Elephants 4 – Watched by an Oryx (Mono)

This is the fourth post in this elephant series and again, I have gone straight for the monochrome treatment.  I may post the colour version if anybody asks for it, but at the moment I feel drawn into presenting B&W elephants because I think this treatment really works for them.

I think that the elephant framed between the watching Oryx and the Zebra herd seems to work quite well but it is a pity about the Zebra back growing out of the Elephants neck.  Should I have cloned it out?  I couldn’t do anything about it when shooting, since I couldn’t move the vehicle that we were in.  This photo was also taken at the same nearly dried up water hole in the Etosha National Park, Namibia and is another example of the Etosha White Elephant.  Perhaps that might have been clearer in a colour image.

White Elephant, Oryx and Zebra in Etosha National Park

I haven’t mentioned it in the other elephant posts so far but, by today’s standards, these are a bit ‘pixel limited’ by the Sony DSC-H1 and its 5 MP resolution.  I don’t think it shows too much though.  More elephants will follow, but if you haven’t seen the earlier ones they are easy to find from the list of recent posts.

Elephants 2 – A dusting of White Elephants (Mono)

As promised in a previous post, here is an experiment in mono conversion of a photo of an elephant family dusting itself in the Etosha National Park, Namibia.

A dusting of white elephants

I think that the process of dusting is not as clear as it is in the colour version.  What do you think?

For anyone who loves elephants as I do, there will be more to follow.  Please came back and take a look.

Elephants 1 – A dusting of White Elephants

Elephants have always been a favourite wild animal for both my wife and myself.  Recently, two of my favourite bloggers, Helen and Adrian have produced posts featuring elephants, which can be found by following their links.  Since I love elephants, their posts have prompted me to start a series of posts of my own, which may be ongoing for some time.  This is the first.

We have all heard of ‘pink elephants’, though perhaps not expected to see them unless in a drunken stupor.  We may also have experienced ‘white elephants’ at some time in our lives, almost certainly wishing that we had not.

Real elephants can come in a range of colours, though of course most people expect them to be a ‘greyish/brownish’ colour.  Their apparent colour actually depends on the environment in which they live and the lifestyle that they like to adopt.  They love bathing in water, which I guess is good for turning them their natural ‘greyish/brownish’ colour.  They also like to use the natural ‘cosmetics’ of the wild by wallowing in mud and/or ‘dusting’ their wet bodies after bathing with whatever powders they can find.  The reasons seem to be mainly to do with protection from the sun and parasites.

This first post in my elephant series features the elephants of the Etosha National Park in Namibia.  These are real, wild, white elephants, created as a result of their behaviour.

The photo shows a family of elephants coating themselves in dust on the Etosha Pan.

When I saw in Adrian’s post, how well elephants could come out when given a monochrome treatment, I thought that it would be good to experiment a little.  Please keep a look out for some B&W ‘white elephants’ in future posts.

More Cheetah

Over a year ago, after I started my series on Vietnam, I dropped in a photo of a Cheetah, which I captured in Namibia in 2006.  I still haven’t finished my series on Vietnam, which I consider to be a terrible failure, so this post drops in a few more Cheetah photos, just to keep the blog moving.  Please don’t be too critical of them as they were all taken with a humble 5MP camera.  How cameras have moved on.

These pictures were all taken at the Africat Foundation at Okonjima, in Namibia.  We stayed here for a couple of nights during our tour.  As we were walking into the lodge, we met the well known celebrity and TV presenter Lorraine Kelly, who had just been filming for a TV programme screened a little while after we returned toi the UK.  She had a few words for us as we passed, saying with a smile, that we ‘would enjoy it here’.  We certainly did.

Cheetah Feeding Time
Lying around!
Waiting for supper.
Sleep walking?
More lying around.
Prowling around.

My earlier Cheetah post can be found here.

Hopefully, one day I will get around to posting some more from Namibia.  I just hope you can wait!

Cape Cross, Namibia

I haven’t posted anything for a few days.  Too many distractions again.

I thought that I might toss in a few more older photos.  Here is another shot from my pre DSLR days.  It was taken towards the end of a holiday that Dee and I took to Namibia in September 2006.  Having spent time in the extreme dry heat of inland Namibia, we arrived at Cape Cross on the Skeleton Coast where it was distinctly chilly and foggy.  The temperature dropped from over 40 deg C to about 18 deg C in one day of travelling.  The fog cleared and it warmed up a bit, so here is my view of the Atlantic.

Cape Cross, Namibia

I promise to get back to the Vietnam trip soon.  Please be patient.

Botswana – Day 5

This trip is coming towards its end.  We have only a couple more days of wildlife viewing to go in Botswana, before we return to Livingston, Zambia for our return flight to the UK.

Day 5 started with another river safari.  Many of the animals will have been seen before but hopefully there are a few new views of even these.  As always, please let me know if you notice that I have identified anything incorrectly. Continue reading

Botswana – Day 4 (Part 7)

Although this trip to Zambia and Botswana was cut by a day because travel arrangements were changed, we still ended up rating it as one of the best tours we have ever done.  This is mainly because of the amount we fitted into each day.  I guess this might not have been true for travellers that were not interested in the wildlife, but then they probably wouldn’t have chosen this tour.  Here we go again for the afternoon/evening game drive today.

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