When they’re young, elephants (Loxodonta africana) look like they’re not quite sure what to do with their trunks. Along a dry riverbed of Damaraland in Namibia, we find this youngster relaxing in the trees, seemingly waving to the other members of his desert-adapted family.

Shot handheld using:
Canon EOS 40D with Canon EF100-400 f/4.5-5.6L IS USM lens, handheld
Focal length 400mm, 1/400 sec at f/7.1, ISO 400

Featured by the groups
The Challenge Corner April 21 2011
Wild Africa December 31 2011
Animals of Africa – Best of the Best November 9 2012
Closeups in Nature November 13 2012
A Wilderness Somewhere November 13 2012

During an unexpected chance to experience Africa, a seed was planted. Nurtured by subsequent forays into wild places, this photographer was born.

Jacques Cousteau said “People protect what they love.” And we’ve all heard that “A picture is worth a thousand words.” So, enough with this. My photography says the rest. Thanks for listening.

Sylvia J. Zarco
aka Owed to Nature

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Comments

  • Damienne Bingham
    Damienne Binghamabout 4 years ago

    Nice capture, the light and scenery is beautiful!

  • Namibia is a country filled with beautiful scenery. And luckily, wildlife too. Now that’s great a wonderful combination when you can get it! Thanks Damienne.
    –Sylvia

    – Owed to Nature

  • JaniceMachado
    JaniceMachadoabout 4 years ago


    Thanks for submitting your work in
    Pets Need A Hug

  • Thank you Janice!

    – Owed to Nature

  • Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos
    Konstantinos A...over 3 years ago

    21 April 2011 – 2 images per day

  • Thanks Konstantinos!

    – Owed to Nature

  • Loretta Marvin
    Loretta Marvinover 3 years ago

  • I’m thrilled and so happy for the honor! Thank You and the group so very much for Featuring this image. ;-)
    –Sylvia

    – Owed to Nature

  • Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos
    Konstantinos A...over 3 years ago

    1 image per day / April 21, 2011 / Limit 20

  • THANK YOU!

    – Owed to Nature

  • rodeorose
    rodeoroseover 3 years ago

    Superb- love the light and dof- gorgeous shot!

  • More thanks to you Rose! So lucky to find these elephants in the harsh, rugged terrain of Damaraland. But their ability to survive and thrive and a landscape that we term unforgiving and stark was remarkable and, in the most honest of ways, simply beautiful. I’m humbled and flattered that your masterful eye enjoys these images and sees some of the beauty this experience shared with me. Very much appreciate your wonderful comments and fav, Thank You!
    Sylvia

    – Owed to Nature

  • Qnita
    Qnitaalmost 3 years ago


    31 December 2011
    Congratulations!

  • What a lovely surprise and honor! Thank you so much Qnita. DIdn’t know you host this group too but very nice to see you again. Happy New Year to you and yours! …Sylvia

    – Owed to Nature

  • Qnita
    Qnitaalmost 2 years ago


    2012/11/09
    Congratulations! Please participate in this forum, and remember you are allowed to submit this lovely feature to our monthly challenge!
    Group Features – 2012/11/09

  • Thank you so VERY much Qnita for this wonderful Feature! Such an honor and great pleasure… Sylvia

    – Owed to Nature

  • Larry Trupp
    Larry Truppalmost 2 years ago

    WONDERFUL capture Sylvia

  • Thank you very much Larry! …Sylvia

    – Owed to Nature

  • dgscotland
    dgscotlandalmost 2 years ago

    Nicely shot here Sylvia.

    Clicking the banner takes you to the group….please enjoy it.

  • Greatly appreciated, thank you Derek! ;-)

    – Owed to Nature

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