Baby's first mudbath by Owed to Nature

Elephant (Loxodonta africana) in the Hoarusib Valley, near Purros, Namibia

He’s the youngest elephant we’ve ever seen. And from the moment we saw him, he stole our hearts… Our guide estimated he’s no more than 3 or 4 months old. As he neared the wet, soft earth and slipped into the mud, we couldn’t tell if he’d fallen in by accident or if he’d purposely done a belly flop. But whether he’d done this before or not, each splash appeared to bring him greater discovery of just how “Mud is FUN!!!”

Shot handheld: Canon EOS 40D with Canon EF100-400 f/4.5-5.6L IS USM lens
Focal length 340mm, Exposure 1/800 sec at f/5.6, ISO 400

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Amazing Wildlife June 25 2011
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’SDuring 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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  • steppeland
    steppelandover 4 years ago

    Wow, how sweet! And such a muddy capture LOL – great work! ( and fave)

  • Thank you Steppeland. Knew we were lucky just to find these elephants in what is the very dry, rugged, challenging desert of Namibia. The Hoarusib Valley is a beautiful little oasis of green in the middle of equally beautiful yet stark vistas of sand and rock. Whenever this little one emerged from the forest of huge legs that were protecting him, we knew we had a show in store for us! The fun he was having was contagious. I still look at him and smile. I hope his picture helps spread some of his amazement and joy at the simple wonders and gifts that is Nature. Thanks again for your kind words.

    – Owed to Nature

  • BigCatPhotos
    BigCatPhotosover 4 years ago

    Oh this is just so exceptional. Such a tender moment as well as being fun in the mud! Love everything about this one.

  • Yes, he was having great fun. And after watching him, I can say I know what “pure joy” looks like. So glad to hear that you enjoy him too… Thank you!

    – Owed to Nature

  • Lee-Anne Carver
    Lee-Anne Carverover 4 years ago

    What a great experience and moments you will never forget. A great shot of one of the most beautiful animals in the world. I love it!

  • You’re so right. Seeing this little guy and getting to watch him and his family going about their “elephant ways” is one of those treasured, I’ll-never-forget moments. Thank you Lee-Anne! –Sylvia

    – Owed to Nature

  • Dawn M. Becker
    Dawn M. Beckerover 4 years ago

    What a little sweetie…adorable capture :-)

  • Thank you so much. He was so much fun to watch! And you describe him perfectly — a little sweetie.

    – Owed to Nature

  • lorentzs
    lorentzsover 4 years ago

    It certainly does make you smile, great and captivating shot. Lucky you for watching it. Susan.

  • Thank you Susan. Watching baby elephants is great fun and remembering this little one in particular will always make me smile. ;-) Glad you like him too… Sylvia

    – Owed to Nature

  • xxnatbxx
    xxnatbxxover 4 years ago

    awww very cute

  • Thank you very much!

    – Owed to Nature

  • Magriet Meintjes
    Magriet Meintjesover 4 years ago

  • Thank you for accepting me!

    – Owed to Nature

  • Magriet Meintjes
    Magriet Meintjesover 4 years ago

  • Thanks again Magaret.

    – Owed to Nature

  • Dennis Stewart
    Dennis Stewartover 4 years ago

    Congratulations..your work has been featured in the World Wildlife Photography Group

  • Thank you so much for your generosity in featuring my work. I greatly appreciate it.

    – Owed to Nature

  • Chelei
    Cheleiover 4 years ago

    How fun!

  • Thank you Chelei. Don’t know who was having more fun though… this little guy in the mud or me watching him! –Sylvia

    – Owed to Nature

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