Your Accessorized Daily Elephant

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.

photograph by Cheryl Merrill

photograph by Cheryl Merrill

 

Your Daily Elephant in the Dust

And stirring a lot of it up as he walks.

photograph by Cheryl Merrill

photograph by Cheryl Merrill

 

Was Your Daily Elephant Hiding?

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.

photograph by Cheryl Merrill

photograph by Cheryl Merrill

Your Daily Elephant: Keeping Cool

And eating in the shade.

photograph by Cheryl Merrill

photograph by Cheryl Merrill

Your Daily Elephant

With a twig caught in his ear hair.

photograph by Cheryl Merrill

photograph by Cheryl Merrill

Your Daily Elephant

More than filling the frame of a photograph.  Okavango Delta, Botswana.

photograph by Cheryl Merrill

photograph by Cheryl Merrill

 

Tracks and Tails: Your Daily Elephant

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.

photograph by Cheryl Merrill

photograph by Cheryl Merrill

Your Daily Elephants in Morning Light

Doing what elephants do 20 our of 24 hours – eat the landscape.

photograph by Cheryl Merrill

photograph by Cheryl Merrill

Your Daily Elephants in Watercolor

A different perspective.

photograph by Cheryl Merrill

photograph by Cheryl Merrill

Your Daily Elephant: Tusk & Palm Tree

Landscapes are made even more amazing by the landscapes of the bodies of the creatures who move through them.

photograph by Cheryl Merrill

photograph by Cheryl Merrill

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