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Young noisy male elephant, maybe in musth, charging the vehicle. He got within about 6 feet (2 meters) before stopping. The ranger snapped his fingers and it startled the young guy and he turned and left shortly after the shot was taken. The reason I think he might have been in musth is his visible 5th leg :). Note that focal length was only 100mm, he was very close !

Phinda Private Reserve, South Africa

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Canon EOS 1Ds Mark II ,Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM 1/200s f/5.6 at 100.0mm iso800

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I am an amateur photographer with a love of travel. I mostly enjoy landscape and wildlife photography. I live in California which provides a great deal of opportunities for great photography.

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  • virginian
    virginianalmost 4 years ago

    WOW! Close call for sure. Nice shot!

  • Thank you :)

    – Michael Moss

  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkealmost 4 years ago

  • Martin Smart
    Martin Smartalmost 4 years ago

    Great shot Michael, must have been a tense moment!!

  • Thank you, I am sure my adrenalin level rose just a bit.

    – Michael Moss

  • Elizabeth Kendall
    Elizabeth Kendallalmost 4 years ago

    I bet you ran after this shot! Excellent!

  • I was a bit concerned but I had an excellent ranger who knew exactly what to do.

    – Michael Moss

  • Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos
    Konstantinos A...almost 4 years ago

    2 May 2011 – 1 image per day

  • Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos
    Konstantinos A...almost 4 years ago

    2 May 2011 – 2 images per day

  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkealmost 4 years ago

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    Rene Halesalmost 4 years ago

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    David Clarkealmost 4 years ago

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  • Well stated !

    – Michael Moss

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