With a rakish straw placed in just the right spot between ear hair and eyelashes, and a knowing gleam in his eye, Your Daily Elephant shows just the right sort of accessory for dapper gentlemen elephants.
And stirring a lot of it up as he walks.
No, Your Daily Elephant’s router died, and so there was no internet connection. But isn’t it amazing how an elephant can hide behind just a few spindly trees? And if he made no sound, you’d probably not even notice he was there.
And eating in the shade.
With a twig caught in his ear hair.
More than filling the frame of a photograph. Okavango Delta, Botswana.
This is another one of those photographs where there’s a lot to see if you take the time to look. An elephant takes the left fork in a road, leaves behind footprints in the sand, reveals the thick, cracked pad on the bottom of his foot. See the depth in the wrinkles on his straight leg versus the ones where his leg is bent? Isn’t it odd how his two legs make one lumpy shadow and how, if you look carefully, how the tire tracks have their own little shadows? And did you notice the bootprints in the road, over the tire tracks? There’s a timeline here, too. The elephant is headed northwest, and it’s morning, his shadow tells us so. One tire track is still sharp; it was made earlier in the day. Then birds walked over it, and elephants, and humans. The grass is withered and dry, so it must be winter wherever this photograph was taken in Africa. And by now you’ve noticed everything, even the luxurious hair on the end of his tail.
Doing what elephants do 20 our of 24 hours – eat the landscape.
A different perspective.
Landscapes are made even more amazing by the landscapes of the bodies of the creatures who move through them.