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#2 in the series. I tried to take a few different shots as opposed to the usual "full frontals". It was early and misty so the spiderwebs stood out nicely

caught in the web

#2 in the series. I tried to take a few different shots as opposed to the usual "full frontals". It was early and misty so the spiderwebs stood out nicely

comments (8)

Is it free in nature?

Nice shot!
liam beattie: Hi Remi

they are from the knysna elephant park which is in forest and on a few hundred acres. So strictly speaking not free, but they have loads of space and are free to traverse the park as they wish and seem quite happy. The elephants here are "rescued" from culling in the Kruger national park. Culling is felt neccessary (although i dont agree with it) as when their numbers get too large they can be hugely destructive to vegetation. The transfrontier park which has crossed the borders of south africa, botswana and zimbabwe will become the largest free range roaming in the world and is getting bigger all the time. It has allowed many animals to freely re-establish their migration patterns

thanks for stopping by. grin
It made me chuckle that you delighted in the spider`s web, when I would be beside myself with glee about the elephant! lol! Lovely shot. I like that little arrangement of grasses in the front, too. (:o)
liam beattie: lol...i can see why that would be strange. I do see a fair amount of elephants hence my lax behaviour in taking snaps of them
  • Urv
  • California
  • 29 Jan 2008, 09:51
Beautiful shot, only thing I would do differently is convert it to black and white. It's so strong compositionally that it needs no color to be complete
liam beattie: Thanks Urv. I did try it in black and white...for me i just preffered the sepia tones (flavour of the month for me at the mo). Appreciate the input! grin
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 29 Jan 2008, 12:28
This is excellent - I am sure it can win competitions - two in a row. Your creativity is soaring. Likey
liam beattie: crikey...i think you are giving them likeys away too easily Louis. Thanks very much smile
  • Tracy
  • Stoke on Trent UK
  • 29 Jan 2008, 13:54
Very good Liam I am well
liam beattie: cheers tracy grin had fun shooting these guys and gals
  • Ellie
  • England
  • 29 Jan 2008, 15:06
This is wonderful, absolutely wonderful. You weren't far away, how did you manage to get so close?
liam beattie: Hi ellie....for some reason i thought of you when posting this series smile lol. The "eli's" are watched by a minder who makes sure they dont suck laundry drain pipes etc... (Im not kidding...the one male found one and started slurping up laundry water! which was stopped very quickly as obviously they do not want them to get used to doing that). So with him around i felt very comfy getting close to them. They are also very relaxed animals and as long as one respects them and do not do anything stupid around them they are quite docile viz: when they are in heat, musth or if they have been mistreated they can be very unpredicatable. At closest i could easily touch them.
Just a fabulous and unique shot Liam. Going straight to my likeys
liam beattie: thanks richard. Im glad so many folks like these elephant shots as i do to.
  • Alex
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 3 Mar 2008, 14:02
Auro focus did bad job, elepahant was on bach
liam beattie: huh? that doesnt sound like the queens english? symphony pachydermisis?

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