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|This beauty was taken as we were leaving the park from Skukuza towards the Paul Kruger Gate. He was approaching from the side and the late afternoon lighting was kind!|
African Elephant: The adult male is much larger than the adult female. Head and body length including trunk: 19-24 feet. Shoulder height: 10-13 feet. Weight: 5.5 - 7 tons. Tail: 4 feet. Brownish gray skin has folds and may be one inch thick in places. The African Elephant has a marked dip between its fore and hindquarters giving a concave curvature to its back. Ears are large and fan-like. The trunk has two prehensile protrusions at the tip. Large tusks are present in both sexes. Elephants are digitigrade with pads of fibrous tissue to cushion toe bones.
Elephants have an inefficient digestive system and digest only about 40 per cent of what they eat. They eat enormously. Estimates in the wild range from 100-1000 pounds of vegetation per day (a 16 hour period). Zoo elephants are estimated to eat approximately 50 pounds of food per ton of elephant per day. Working elephants need 300 to 600 pounds of food per day. The wild elephant is a destructive eater, uprooting and scattering as much as is eaten, often breaking down whole trees. Elephants eat almost anything green, but green grass, shoots and buds of trees and shrubs are preferred. Farms are often raided for fruits and vegetables of all types. Average daily consumption of water for full-grown animals is between 30 and 50 gallons
Taken in RAW, levels adjusted and then ran the 20D plugin in CS2. Comments!
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- [2006-01-15 9:54]
:o) very nice shot
Nice capture Tim,
Good detail, colours and sharpness.
Composition and exposure are spot on. Good POV and framing.
Thanks for posting, Have a great week.
What a sight to capture live and in person. The exposure looks to be right on the mark here. Nice saturated colors in this soft light. Detail and DOF are excellent. Nice shot!
Wonderful photo, composition and technically wise! Thanks for sharing - Xplorator Radu
- [2006-01-16 4:42]
Very nice picture with excellent composition,
natural colour and great scene.
Thanks for sharing!
- [2006-01-16 17:58]
Very impressing Tim ! Great frontal view, well composed and well exposed. Thanks, good to have you back.