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Shadows of the Bush
1st PlaceShadows of the Bush

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Challenge: Art of 2019: a Retrospective (Standard Editing*)
Collection: Portfolio
Camera: Canon EOS-80D
Date: Jan 16, 2019
Date Uploaded: Jan 16, 2020

I am terrified of elephants. I had 2 very close escapes when I was a child and since then I have great respect for these giants. This herd was amazing. Despite having calves with them, they were completely calm and chilled. We had stopped the vehicle early to give them space, but had not realized how many there were. Elephants, when left to do what they do just emerge from the bush - almost soundless. You would think such a huge animal would crush branches and make a big noise, but they don't, they literally are suddenly there.
The light was right and I was trying to get this rim light. Of course you can't really move around much, so a lot of this shot was plain luck :-).

Thank you all for your votes and lovely comments - much appreciated. I am traveling at the moment to far away places (I.e no internet connection), but took advantage of the WiFi at the airport.

The picture was taken near the Kruger National Park in South Africa.

Place: 1 out of 92
Avg (all users): 6.7671
Avg (participants): 6.9123
Avg (non-participants): 6.2500
Views since voting: 681
Views during voting: 153
Votes: 73
Comments: 13
Favorites: 1 (view)

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01/28/2020 12:45:06 PM
OMG!!!!! I need a print of this!!!! It takes my breath away!
01/24/2020 07:28:10 AM
This outstanding. Beautiful work
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01/24/2020 06:46:08 AM
Excellent! Congratulations!
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01/24/2020 03:14:21 AM
Stunning Stunning Stunning Congratulations
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01/24/2020 02:01:21 AM
Beautiful crop, excellent PP.

Congratulations on the blue!
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01/24/2020 12:42:52 AM
Marvelous. Congrats on the blue. Where did you take this?
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
01/23/2020 08:48:18 PM
A glimmer that conjures the whole. As if the whole is overwhelming, and it is. Can't say enough about elephants, words can't do them justice. That they're threatened by sordid desires can't be left unsaid at the moment. Here is a powerful tribute, or portrait, or poem, tones and form gathered in the opening notes of a symphony. Delivers the sense both of the monumental and the tenuous. The inkiness is astounding.
Co-favorite of the challenge.
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01/23/2020 08:18:26 PM
it is not obvious, but decidedly sparing. we have to think. it is uncomfortable.
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01/23/2020 06:57:07 PM
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01/23/2020 06:02:27 PM
animal and light to worship

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01/23/2020 03:07:59 PM
Outstanding. My favorite of the challenge
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01/21/2020 04:11:40 AM
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01/17/2020 03:47:06 PM
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