Friday Lens Affair #94

Lone Elephant, Addo National Park, South Africa

This week yet again I’m featuring a photograph of an elephant, this time from Addo National Park. Yes, I’m a bit crazy about elephants and I can’t stop myself ! Oh well, why should I? This amazing picture was taken by Vid from Bruised Passports Blog.

Vid is a coffee geek, photography enthusiast, and a travel addict, trying to amass experiences from all over the world with his beautiful travel companion, Savi. Do follow them on Facebook and Instagram.

Picture story: Lone Elephant, Addo National Park, South Africa

People often philosophise about travelling. Travel is amazing because it helps one meet interesting people all over the world, acquaint oneself with foreign cultures, and contributes to the holistic development of individuals. But what makes travel special are moments of epiphany that can’t be planned – witnessing an ochre sunset that takes one’s breath away, being on an isolated beach with nobody around for miles, or reaching the summit of a mountain after a long hike. Spotting this lone elephant sauntering in the Addo National Park wild was one such moment for us.

We spent our days in South Africa trying to spot the Big 5. Amongst other things, we spotted playful zebras, baby giraffes nuzzling against their moms, galloping leopards, and lions feasting on meat but nothing quite compared to this vision. We spotted this elephant from a hill top at the end of a long day spent driving around Addo National Park in South Africa. Dozens of elephants gathered at one of the prominent watering holes at the National Park but this majestic creature chose the solitary path. It was staring into the sunset when we first spotted it. We stood, transfixed by its beauty. For the next 10 minutes, we found ourselves unable to move. Fortunately for us, the elephant stood there too, almost as if posing for the camera.

Expansive grasslands stretched on either side of the road as the elephant stared into the horizon. This is our everlasting memory of South Africa – serene, majestic, and overwhelming! For more captivating pictures, you could read about our safari in South Africa.


26 thoughts on “Friday Lens Affair #94

  1. I adore elephants!! This just gives me another reason to get to Africa ASAP!
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  2. Interesting shot, I wonder what the elephant is thinking about the situation. Is he happy? Is he curious? Is he hungry? So many questions and so little time!
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  3. Felicia

    Gorgeous image. Love the light shining on him.
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  4. Linda W

    Gorgeous shot. The light illuminating that elephant is perfect.

  5. Hannah

    Love everything about the photo!!
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  6. What a gorgeous elephant. I absolutely love them!
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  7. Molly

    Amazing image, the lighting is superb

  8. Wow, this is really an amazing shot. Well captured, composition is perfect, and what a subject. I really need to go to south africa now!
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  9. Englepappa

    A stunning picture! Elephants are really fascinating and majestic animals.

  10. Marcella

    Wow! The colour of this photo is just amazing. I love the little jeep in the background :)

  11. Definitely agree–the unplanned moments are always the best! LOVE the photo–elephants are amazing!

  12. Sammi Wanderlustin'

    How amazing and stunning :) elephants are gorgeous :)
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  13. Meg

    OMgosh this is such a beautiful photo! I’m crazy about elephants too! We had a fab time traveling throughout Kenya and Tanzania, but will have to get to South Africa at some point soon too!
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    • Oh Meg, I totally understand you. Elephants are amazing, I will never have enough of them, that is why I’m so excited about my trip to Sri Lanka!
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