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Africa. Elephant wallowing, Etosha  Park, Namibia. | by R Jones
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Africa. Elephant wallowing, Etosha Park, Namibia.

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Wildlife photography is very exciting, things move very fast, you have to contend with bad or tricky lighting, AND be quick off the mark !! I am geared up for Landscape stuff, and I do not get much practise with this field of photography, so I am afraid these shots are not great, but I have had a few requests for animal shots, - let's face it , you can't do an African set without having SOME wildlife shots !!

We were told, because it was the 'rainy season' we would not see any 'game', but we did ! Plenty of Elephant, and some Lion, lots of different antelope,zebra, etc. These shots of Elephant were taken in mid-afternoon, when lighting is straight overhead, not at all ideal. BUT, this is the best time to see these lovely animals at the wallow, it is extremely hot, and they slosh the mud all over themselves, then stand awhile to let the mud dry, this keeps them cool. The ultimate sun tan lotion !!!

I was amazed at how patient they were, a whole family, they each took their turn, and watched each other at their ablutions ! No yelling "have you finished in the bathroom yet ? " !!

Will this do Renae ??!!

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Taken in April 2007