Playing Chicken With An Elephant by Damienne Bingham

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Kruger National Park, South Africa. 2009

Canon EOS 400D
Canon 75-300mm
RAW. B&W conversion in Photoshop CS4

Kruger National Park is one of the largest game reserves in Africa. It covers 18,989 square kilometres (7,332 sq mi) and extends 360 kilometres (220 mi) from north to south and 65 kilometres (40 mi) from east to west.

To the west and south of the Kruger National Park are the two South African provinces of Limpopo and Mpumalanga. In the north is Zimbabwe, and to the east is Mozambique. It is now part of the Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park, a peace park that links Kruger National Park with the Gonarezhou National Park in Zimbabwe, and with the Limpopo National Park in Mozambique.

The park is part of the Kruger to Canyons Biosphere, an area designated by the United Nations Education and Scientific Organisation (UNESCO) as an International Man and Biosphere Reserve (the “Biosphere”).

All the Big Five game animals are found at Kruger National Park, which has more species of mammals than any other African Game Reserve (at 147 species).

Population Statistics as of 2009:

Elephant: 11 672
Lion: 1 500
Hyena: 2 000

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I am a freelance photographer originally from Brisbane, Australia, and currently living in Cape Town, South Africa.

I enjoy many forms of photography – with a particular interest in travel and nature photography. This diversity can be seen in the range of genres and styles in my portfolio

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  • BigCatPhotos
    BigCatPhotosalmost 4 years ago

    Ha ha!! Love your title – this is just an amazing image. Your work really is fantastic.

  • hehe thanks! Glad you liked this one!

    – Damienne Bingham

  • Bernadette Claffey
    Bernadette Cla...almost 4 years ago

    This is so cool. Does this sort of thing happen a lot? lol

  • haha Yes I believe in Kruger it does! Thank you!

    – Damienne Bingham

  • Rosina  Lamberti
    Rosina Lambertialmost 4 years ago

    Wonderful image!

  • Thanks Rosina!

    – Damienne Bingham

  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkealmost 4 years ago

    I would love to see this elephant walk down our main street LOL, Great capture!

  • haha yes that might make the news headlines! Thanks Ray!

    – Damienne Bingham

  • Betty Smith_Voce
    Betty Smith_Vocealmost 4 years ago

    How many times I have faced this same tricky situation… Just wait – stupid to move… lol..

  • haha really? Quite an experience!

    – Damienne Bingham

  • kutayk
    kutaykalmost 4 years ago

    Great capture! congrats on your latest feature!

  • Thank you very much!

    – Damienne Bingham

  • Jen Wahl
    Jen Wahlalmost 4 years ago

    omg… that is hysterical!!! :)

  • Glad you like it Jen!

    – Damienne Bingham

  • starlite811
    starlite811almost 4 years ago

    That must have been something, driving down the road and seeing an elephant in your path. Your work is absolutely amazing.

  • Thank you, it was pretty amazing. He wasn’t actually on the road when we went past, but then he lumbered down past my window and had a stand off with this other car.

    – Damienne Bingham

  • tashianaomi
    tashianaomialmost 4 years ago

    I love the different shades of grey and the contrasts here! wonderful work!

  • Thank you Tasha, so glad you like it!

    – Damienne Bingham

  • shutterbug2010
    shutterbug2010almost 4 years ago

    My money’s on the elephant!! Cool capture!!

  • Yes mine too! Thanks, I’m glad you like it!

    – Damienne Bingham

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