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Black ink Parker fountain pen and colour wash on Aqua acid-free 300gsm
African elephant (Loxodonta africana)

Stand near an elephant herd, and you may feel a strange vibration in your chest. That’s not your heart beating in terror because you’re, well, standing next to an elephant herd. Or at least that’s not all it is. It’s also a sign that the elephants are talking to one another.

Elephants are famous for their trumpeting, of course, but they also produce rumbles pitched so low that humans can’t hear them, only feel them as a sort of physical buzzing.
From Discover Magazine

Recent discoveries have shown that elephants can communicate over long distances by producing a sub-sonic rumble that can travel over the ground faster than sound through air. Other elephants receive the messages through the sensitive skin on their feet and trunks. It is believed that this is how potential mates and social groups communicate.


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I am a watercolorist living on my little piece of African soil in Tarlton, Gauteng, South Africa. The inspiration for my art is the wonderfully rich variety of Fauna and Flora to be found throughout this beautiful country.
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Comments

  • Elizabeth Kendall
    Elizabeth Kendallover 1 year ago

    Very beautiful Maree!

  • Thanks a lot Liz!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Marsha Elliott
    Marsha Elliottover 1 year ago

    Love this & the beautiful greys.

  • thanks ever so much Marsha, appreciate the fav!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Jim Phillips
    Jim Phillipsover 1 year ago

    Wonderfully drawn and painted, Maree.

  • Thank you very much Jim.

    – Maree Clarkson

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