An ongoing series of photographs on the lives of elephants. Sabi Sand Game Reserve, next to Kruger National Park, South Africa. See the gray bar on the left side of the photo? That’s the vehicle I just parallel-parked next to this bull. He was remarkably calm, continuing to feed with his back to us. But I had the clutch depressed, the gearshift in drive, and my fingers twitching on the key. Once we determined he was not at all bothered by us, I took a quick photo. Didn’t notice the branch on his back until I got the film developed and printed. Note the chip gone from his left tusk. I’ll post another photograph of him tomorrow.
Author: Cheryl Merrill
Cheryl Merrill’s essays have been published in Fourth Genre, Pilgrimage, Brevity, Seems, South Loop Review, Ghoti, Alaska Quarterly Review, Adventum and Isotope. “Singing Like Yma Sumac” was selected for the Best of Brevity 2005 and Creative Nonfiction #27. It was also included in the anthology Short Takes: Model Essays for Composition, 10th Edition. Another essay, “Trunk,” was chosen for Special Mention in Pushcart 2008. She is currently working on a book about elephants: Larger than Life: Living in the Shadows of Elephants. View All Posts