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The Asian Elephant Series 6

The Asian Elephant Series 6
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Copyright: Goldy RS (goldyrs) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 974 W: 51 N: 2913] (11497)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-06-07
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon S2 IS
Exposure: f/4, 1/400 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Final Version, Original Version
Theme(s): CeltickRanger's favorite Elephant photos, The Asian Elephant Series [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2010-09-11 7:41
Viewed: 3960
Points: 36
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The elephant, largest of the land mammals, has been an integral part of the history, mythology, tradition, culture and religion of India. There are three surviving species of elephants in the world, one in Asia and two in Africa. The Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) is distributed in the Indian subcontinent and Southeast Asia. Unlike the African species, Asian elephants have been domesticated for thousands of years and have been used in medieval warfare, for temples, and as a
working animal.

The Asian elephant was once found throughout south and southeast Asia but now it has been reduced to several scattered populations because of human activities like conversion of forest areas to farming, construction of dams and civil works like roads and canals. Apart from habitat constriction, these wide-ranging animals also face obstruction of their traditional migration routes. Poaching of elephants for ivory is another serious problem that elephants face.

Elephants are notable for their remarkable intelligence and a sharp memory. This is because elephants have the largest brains in the animal kingdom. Males have tusks and such elephants are commonly called “tuskers”. There are also some tuskless males, called “makhnas”. The trunk of an elephant is a most distinct and versatile organ and can be used for feeding and drinking, breathing, trumpeting, herding the young ones and sometimes even for fighting.

Asian elephants live in a variety of habitats. They prefer a combination of grassland, shrubbery, and forest.

Elephants are strictly vegetarian and prefer grasses, leaves, stems of trees, vines, bamboos and shrubs. Sometimes they also enter fields in the villages located near forests and raid crops.

Owing to its large size, and high forage requirements elephants are constantly on the move, searching for food. They undertake long-distance migrations and follow the same seasonal migratory routes generation after generation. However, in recent times the migratory routes have been encroached upon by human activities which has seriously affected their movement.

Elephants are social and live in groups consisting of females and their young and are led by the eldest and most experienced female. Living in herds is useful for collective defence, better care and teaching of young ones and increased mating opportunities. Adult males usually travel alone and associate with female herds for mating.

Corbett Tiger Reserve has about 700 Asian elephants. They are part of the migratory population that also lives in Rajaji National Park. Earlier, there were much fewer elephants in Corbett but their population in the park has increased significantly in recent decades. Although, present throughout the Park, elephants are most easily sighted in Dhikala chaur, Phulai chaur, and near the Saddle Dam.

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Ciao Goldy. Very wel ldone this taken in the wild environment. Fascinating tones, good details.


Hello goldy,
Nice capture with very good colours and interesting composition.
Great focus and sharpness.

Hi Goldy,
A lovely capture of this herd of elephants. Good composition and details. Thanks a lot for sharing.

Ciao Goldy, great group capture, wonderful natural ambientation, splendid light and colors, very well done my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

Hi L'il Bro,

A fine addition your gallery. This is a shot to be proud off, looks like you were standing in the right place at the right time. I loved the composition!
TFS and have a nice sunday!,


Obscured framing is an art form. And the elephants are perhaps your best subjects. This is what I call a "natural" shot.

If you ever saw a copy of my monthly news photographer magazine, you would be amazed at which pictures are highlighted. I have shown many and they wonder why these photos seem so important.....because it is REAL. Your photo is REAL and your continuing lessons on elephants is so important. Keep on!

Hi Goldy again..wonderful catch of this lovely elephant family..This picture is very attractive and full of life.
Best Wishes.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2010-09-11 16:12]

Hi Goldy,very great group,today a lot of elephants and a very good pic taken behind the trees...excellent focus,sharpness and a fanatstic atmosphere.Thanks for share,have a nice Sunday,Luciano.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2010-09-11 22:20]

Hello Goldy,
An interesting capture of a a group of elephants walking along a river bank. The river itself is interesting with the boulders and stony banks. The lighting, clarity and natural colours are great. Somehow the OOF leaves that partially obstruct the view make the image even more interesting, as if the viewer were peeping through the foliage!
Thanks and kind regards,

Hallo Goldy,
a very beautiful picture of this group of Asian Elephants, i prefere this version,
very good sharpness and beautiful natural colours, nice composition in a very beautiful environment
Best regards

Hola Goldy

Vaya, una buena imagen, pero la rama entorpece bastantes, hubiera quedado muy genial esta imagen, de todas formas, bien hecha, felicidades, perfecta nitidez y contrastes.

Un saludo de Antonio

HI Goldy,

The subject is well framed. The point of view is showing the details and colors of the group of elephants. The good luminosity is enhancing the colors. Have a nice day.


Hello Goldy,
Your photographs pull me into the great nostalgia for JCNP. I have not visited it since long. Well shot herd of elephants close to Ramganga.

Hello Goldy, marvelous shot of this lovely elephant family.
Details and colours are wonderful.
TFS and regards,

bonjour Goldy
interressante scene de ces éléphants en marche, les détails sont très nets, même les rochers du BG sont très précis, les feuilles flous ne gèned pas trop, ça met un peu de couleurs dans l'image
cette photo est beaucoup plus belle que la version originale
Passe une bonne nuit

hello Goldy

excellent photo of this group of Asian Elephants,
i love the tight framing of the image also the
rocks as background of the image, beautiful light,



Todo un espectáculo Goldy; lástima de las ramitas del primer plano.
Impresionante documento, y más aún para los que somos Europeos !
Buena semana: Josep Ignasi.

merhaba Goldy,
this is fascinating scene and its nice shot. I'd like to see it in nature too. you nicely captured this elephant stock among branches. nicely focused and composed. thanks for sharing. best wishes my brother.

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