Canon 60D, Canon 100-400L, 100mm, 1/1000, f5.6, ISO 400

Views: 472 Sept 3, 2013

Featured in: Artists universe, Amateur photographer

One of the things that makes Africa so much of a thrill for me is the fact that it engages so many senses made dull by living in a modern world. At first glance, this shot appears to consist of a buffalo (Syncerus caffer) and an elephant (Loxodonta africana). But look deeper as there’s so much more of a story happening here. How about the two oxpeckers hitching a ride while looking for an easy meal of parasites and ticks on the back of the buffalo; the 3 elephants…2 delighting in the flying mud bath they’re creating and the baby down on it’s haunches, face buried in the mud because it’s too small to know how to use it’s trunk yet. And then there’s the battle scared buffalo with his broken horn, an old veteran known as a ‘dagga’ boy, seriously dangerous and cantakerous…..and he’s just turned to investigate the slight noise of my camera coming from our hiding spot. With this kind of action, who needs the movies!!

Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe

Although Canadian by birth, I grew up in Africa and from an early age travel became a regular part of my life. As a result I developed an early passion for my two great loves, Africa and aviation. Being fortunate to return to Africa every year with our own safari company “Explorations Africa”, all of my photos of wildlife are taken in their natural and unstaged settings. Please visit us at www.explorationsafrica.com

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  • carol brandt
    carol brandtalmost 3 years ago

    exactly so! who needs the movies when this kind of thing confronts you every day! I clicked on the picture to view it large before reading your blurb and noted the oxpeckers and wondered how you manage to consistently get such beautiful detail in your shots. Then I looked at the thing behind the buffalo’s body and couldn’t work out what it was. A baby elephant, you say, with your gorgeous story about his face being buried in the mud coz he’s too small to know how to use his trunk yet. I loved the book you present to your clients, now you must do one with these brilliant accompanying writings Dan. I did miss that in the book, but realise those must be about the client’s journey, not yours in those publications :)

  • Thanks very much for the comments as always Carol! I’m actually beginning to give that some serious consideration thanks to you=).

    – Dan MacKenzie

  • Magaret Meintjes
    Magaret Meintjesalmost 3 years ago


    1 Image per day 2012/05/18
    Excellent capture!

  • Thanks so much Maggie!

    – Dan MacKenzie

  • Magaret Meintjes
    Magaret Meintjesalmost 3 years ago

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    Magaret Meintjesalmost 3 years ago

  • Magaret Meintjes
    Magaret Meintjesalmost 3 years ago


    2 Images per day 2012/05/19

  • Mary Sedici
    Mary Sedicialmost 3 years ago


    May 31st, 2012
    See your work in the Permanents Featured Gallery
    ►Please participate in the ongoing Challenges
    Mary

  • Thanks so much Mary!

    – Dan MacKenzie

  • dgscotland
    dgscotlandover 2 years ago

    Excellent.

    Click the banner to take you to the group. Your work is welcome here and please enjoy it.

  • Thanks very much Derek!

    – Dan MacKenzie

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    Rene Halesover 2 years ago

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    Konstantinos A...over 2 years ago


    17 July 2012 – 1 image per 24hrs

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    19 July 2012 – 2 images per day

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