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Pinnewala Elephant Orphanage. Sri Lanka. by Ralph de Zilva

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Made A Sale To An Unknown Buyer on 03.03.2014

Nikon D100 & Nikkor 24-120mm lens

Winner in the Stunning Scenery Favourites " Your Very First Photo That You Entered Into This Group" challenge on 21.10.2013

All these elephants were wounded by land mines during the many years of fighting between the Sri Lankan forces and the Tamil Tigers. We saw some with only three legs. If you have a closer look the elephant which is about to get off the rock at the back has only half a front left leg. It sure was a very sad sight.

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I have always had a love of capturing images and in my early teens took many photographs on my little Kodak camera. I loved the wild open spaces and bird life in particular and longed to be able to be an accomplished photographer. It took ill health and a forced early retirement to re-kindle this love of photography. I am a self-taught amateur photographer who has had no formal training. I take great pride and joy in my work and these days have the time to pursue this wonderful hobby.

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  • Elizabeth Kendall
    Elizabeth Kendallover 4 years ago

    Heartbreaking. A good shot!

  • Thank you Elizabeth.

    – Ralph de Zilva

  • Husky
    Huskyover 4 years ago

    A great capture Ralph!

  • Thanks so much.

    – Ralph de Zilva

  • HG. QualityPhotography
    HG. QualityPho...over 4 years ago

    Great capture Ralph!

  • Many thanks Hans.

    – Ralph de Zilva

  • Karina  Cooper
    Karina Cooperover 4 years ago

    Wow that is so interesting Ralph, and a wonderful shot…..tells a very sad story

  • Thanks Karina. It sure is sad to see all these big animals handicapped in some way or another but they seem to get on with their lives.

    – Ralph de Zilva

  • Rose Gallik
    Rose Gallikover 4 years ago

    My heart hurts! I wish one day all the madness disappears. Thank you for sharing the beauty of the strong family of the wild.

  • Thank you Rose for your comments. It seems like this madness has disappeared in Sri Lanka and hopefully for ever.

    – Ralph de Zilva

  • Rose Gallik
    Rose Gallikover 4 years ago


  • kathy s gillentine
    kathy s gillen...over 4 years ago

    magnificent capture, and how sad for them. I bet this was a beautiful thing to see all of them

  • Thanks Kathy. You’re right, it was a wonderful sight to see all these beautiful elephants in the river.

    – Ralph de Zilva

  • JoyceIone
    JoyceIoneover 4 years ago

    “Excellent! Thank you for submitting your work to the Art & Collectables Sales Group. ":
    Thank you for sharing with the rest of the world!

  • Thank you so much Joyce.

    – Ralph de Zilva

  • Rosalie Scanlon
    Rosalie Scanlonover 4 years ago

    Excellent capture but such a sad story. How sad to be innocent bystanders of war.

  • Many thanks Rosalie. It sure is very sad indeed.

    – Ralph de Zilva

  • saxonfenken
    saxonfenkenover 4 years ago

    It is so sad, that man and his needless wars do so much damage. nice panoramic shot of the elephants

  • You can say that again. Thank goodness it is all over. Thanks so much for your comments.

    – Ralph de Zilva

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