Monthly pic October 2012

Abstract close-up of a African elephant (Loxodonta africana). Canon 50D, Canon EF 400mm f/5.6 L USM, 1/100, f/5.6, iso 250, handhold from car.
Rummaging through my archive I came upon this photograph, which I made exactly one year ago while visiting South Africa. It has been said before and more eloquently elsewhere, but African elephants (Loxodonta africana) have surprisingly long eyelashes. They are used to keep flies away from the eyes, but make for a feminine 'touch' on these giants. This particular photo was converted to grayscale (except the eye) for effect.

Visiting South Africa really made a big impression and we left with some wonderful memories. That is the beauty of travelling: seeing new landscapes, cultures, ecosystems and experiencing new things. Getting a fresh perspective and enlarging your world view. I am curious as to what this elephant thought when coming eye-to-eye with a long lens with a human at the end.

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