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Kaziranga National Park, Assam, India.

Dawn’s light found an elephant trek commencing into the wilds of Kaziranga National Park to search for endangered rhinos.

Canon 40D, Canon 100-400mm lens, shutter 1/640, f/13.0, exposure bias -0.33, focal length 100mm, ISO 400, sepia tone added for added contrast.

November 29, 2007


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  • karentillotson
    karentillotsonover 5 years ago

    I love this image…gorgeous!

  • Thank you, Karen. When I look at this image I am reminded of the spirit of adventure and electricity in the air as I commenced that morning’s search for rhinos in Kaziranga. The peaceful quiet of the morning was broken only by the sound of the elephant’s footfalls through the grass.

    – Gina Ruttle (Whalegeek)

  • JanT
    JanTover 5 years ago

    Beautifully composed. The light glinting from the tall grass and the almost-silhouette against the pale hues appeals to me.
    A group exists called “Elegant Elephants!”? Surely this would be a perfect feature!

  • Jan, you always write the most poetic, articulate comments. Thank you for your comments. I already have posted this into Elegant Elephants, one of my favorite animals, to be certain.

    – Gina Ruttle (Whalegeek)

  • Th3rd World Order
    Th3rd World Orderover 5 years ago

    nice work

  • Thank you, Third World Order. Most appreciated!

    – Gina Ruttle (Whalegeek)

  • ooyayootay
    ooyayootayover 5 years ago

    Beautiful!! LOVE the lighting and the composition!

  • ooyayootay (I am getting the hang of your name….what does it mean?), I’m pleased you enjoyed this image of a beautiful, hard-working elephant.

    – Gina Ruttle (Whalegeek)

  • John Mitchell
    John Mitchellover 5 years ago

    Excellent dawn shot. Did you also visit Manas National Park, on the border of Assam and Bhutan?

  • Hey, John, we were supposed to visit Manas but unrest caused guests to be detained at Manas. That derailed plans to go there. Kaziranga was fine when we were there but there were other demonstrations, some of them violent that caused frequent indecision and changes of plans while in Assam. Sigh…I’m sure you understand when I tell you that the places that interest me most of all often have the biggest undercurrent of tension running through them. Pity that these things happen, isn’t it?

    – Gina Ruttle (Whalegeek)

  • JanT
    JanTover 5 years ago

    You do seem to prefer large elephants and whales. Is this a trend?

  • Jan, you mustn’t forget your Alaskan bears, either! Dogs are another passion as well but my pound puppy is far more accessible than the wilder mammals in my life. Something about elephants has always captivated me yet it’s not easy to pinpoint exactly what that is. Yet my all-time winner in the fascination department remains those beloved whales. Love hearing from you, Jan!

    – Gina Ruttle (Whalegeek)

  • Lois  Bryan
    Lois Bryanover 5 years ago

    omg … soooooo masterfully composed and executed!!!! Speaking of stalking … forgive me if I seem to be stalking YOU in the next few days. Not enough time today, but I LOVE your perspective on the world and must come back to visit longer. Don’t mind me … I’ll be the one over here in the corner going oooo and ahhhhhh … and I always bring my own coffee.

  • SandraRos
    SandraRosover 5 years ago

    Gorgeous and awesome capture, love the lighting and the sepia feeling.
    Kind regards to you out of Africa

  • Thank you ever so much, Sandra. Can’t wait to get back to your special place in the world!

    – Gina Ruttle (Whalegeek)

  • billfox256
    billfox256over 5 years ago

    Half light, half shadow, what a great shot. Bill

  • Bill, thank you for your kind comments!

    – Gina Ruttle (Whalegeek)

  • David Clarke
    David Clarkeover 5 years ago

    Wonderful shot, whalegeek, so much atmosphere!

  • David, thank you for stopping by to have a look. What a wonderful life you have living abroad and traveling to far flung destinations!

    – Gina Ruttle (Whalegeek)

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