Thursday’s Special ~ Take Two Elephants


This week at Paula’s Thursday’s Special/Photo 101 the theme is ‘double’. I could have chosen several more striking close-ups of elephants and lions, but this shot is a double-take on double. I like that silhouette in the still pool. Also it is perhaps a more realistic view of how one most often sees wildlife on an East African safari: i.e. it’s usually too far away for a good photo, or else there’s a bush in the way. You can also drive round game parks for many hours and spot absolutely nothing – not even a bird.

This shot was taken from the terrace at the safari lodge in Kenya’s Tsavo East National Park, and such places can offer the best sightings, especially at dawn and sundown. Here you also get a good eyeful of Tsavo’s famously red earth. You can see, too, the web of game trails leading to the pool, and at the very top of the photo, part of the Yatta Plateau. This is a 180 mile long, single finger of lava that runs south east across Kenya from Thika near Nairobi.

Tsavo East  is a vast game reserve (4,500 square miles), mostly thorn scrub and much of it closed to visitors due to incursions by Somali bandits and poachers. Its elephant herds, however, are famous, though frequently under threat. For some truly fantastic images of them, accompanied by expert commentary please fly over to wildlife filmmaker, Mark Deeble’s blog. You will not be disappointed.

22 thoughts on “Thursday’s Special ~ Take Two Elephants

  1. The elephant is my favourite wild animal (also said to bear good luck); while the donkey is my favourite domestic one. I couldn’t be happier with an other entry for the double challenge 🙂 Tish, this perfectly still reflection and reddish tone in endless breathtaking landscape (red earth) has made my Thursday on WordPress. Thank you so much.

    1. Yes, it rather teaches one patience. On the other hand, it can be very hard on the spine and other parts, bumping over tracks. G once drove across Tsavo West, taking the late afternoon scenic route from some business destination along the Mombasa highway. He arrived home saying all he’d seen was a xxxxxxx tortoise.

    1. Thank you, Joan. I was a little bit doubtful about posting it, wondering if it would ‘work’ on line, there being so much emptiness. But then that’s the part that characterizes so much of Africa as you know – an awful lot of bush!

  2. A sense of peace and tranquillity pervades, Red from the elephants skin, the morning sun rising and laterite red soil bringing warmth. Stillness from the water and the reflection, green indicating fertility and the pleasing nowhere is the hand of man. (only a few metres anyway) Goreous

  3. It’s truly a double take on double! I love that one can see the trails leading to the water. And you’re right about how we often see wildlife, a little tail of a leopard moving behind a bush…in the distance.

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