WARNING SIGNS by Magaret Meintjes

LENZ: SIGMA 70-300mmD


THE AFRICAN ELEPHANT – Loxodonta Africana
Location captured: “The Kruger National Park”, South Africa.
Elephants have a highly developed social structure and family units are led by a cow elephant or matriarch. The matriarch is, by natural selection, the most experienced member of the group and automatically assumes leadership. The composition of the herd varies and one will find bulls of various ages in attendance. A bull may be distinguished from a cow by its rounded forehead; the cow’s forehead is angular. Both have tusks. Bulls leave the family unit at puberty (10 -12 years) and, in many instances, are driven out by the older cows.

Elephants are generally placid, but can be extremely dangerous if threatened or when they are in season.
There are two aggressive behavioral patterns: If the animal is not serious about its intent, but just wishes to assert itself or show its dominance, it may mock charge, trumpeting loudly, with the trunk probably extended and the ears flapping. If however, the animal is intent on mischief, then the trunk may be rolled up for protection or left dangling, the ears are laid flat against the head and the tusks pointed directly at the quarry. The charge made is deadly in its silence.

I was born and still live in Africa.
Live a life close to nature, where I get the inspiration to do what I love most…., “Photography”.
Where I live and what I do is my destiny. I am grateful for the privilege

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  • DeMello
    DeMelloover 6 years ago

    Beautiful capture Mags! I also appreciate the educational commentary. Well done! Carrie

  • Thank you so much Carrie, appreciate your time and very inspiring commnet ! xx

    – Magaret Meintjes

  • Magaret Meintjes
    Magaret Meintjesover 6 years ago

  • Gaby Swanson  Photography
    Gaby Swanson ...over 6 years ago

    awesome capture Mags

  • Thank you so much dear Gabriele, appreciate your kind comment, take care xxx

    – Magaret Meintjes

  • dinghysailor1
    dinghysailor1over 6 years ago

    oooer!! brilliant capture and perfect lighting !! and hugely informative too! well done

  • Thank you so much for yet another kind and wonderful comment, take care !

    – Magaret Meintjes

  • Cora Wandel
    Cora Wandelover 6 years ago

    Mag, another great lesson and photo from you! I have always been fascinated by elephants, love watching them at the zoo. Wish I could see them in their natural habitat as you do. Excellent.

  • Thank you dear Cora, you are always such and inspiration! hug xx

    – Magaret Meintjes

  • naturelover
    natureloverover 6 years ago

    Love all the info you give- these are my favourite animals- and you have captured it beautifully Mags – bravo!!!

  • How sweet and wonderful you are my dear fiend, you just have that energy that comes through so strong! What a wonderful friend you are, thank you so much for yet another very inspiring and wonderful comment! take care, big hug xxx

    – Magaret Meintjes

  • Dawn B Davies-McIninch
    Dawn B Davies-...over 6 years ago

    stunning mags,dawnx

  • thank you dearest dawn xxx

    – Magaret Meintjes

  • Dawn B Davies-McIninch
    Dawn B Davies-...over 6 years ago

    many congrats on your feature too,dawnx

  • Thank you so much my dear friend xx

    – Magaret Meintjes

  • amarica
    amaricaover 6 years ago

    Congratulations on being featured in the Live, Love, Dream group!!! Beautiful capture Mags!!!

  • Thank you so much amarica xx

    – Magaret Meintjes

  • Emiley
    Emileyover 6 years ago

    Congradulations on being featured…if I had a choice to be an any animal I always choose my favorite…the elephant…Beautiful…

  • Thank you so much for your kind and wonderful comment, take care !

    – Magaret Meintjes

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