Before I get to the images I created for this post, my public service announcement for the day: Always make sure you have a backup of your computer! I made the decision to upgrade my Mac to a new operating system (not the newest one just released, the one before that, as I thought all the bugs would be worked out). Partway through the install, there was a failure and I ended up with a totally dead computer. Thankfully, I have a pretty good backup strategy, so all I lost was the edit on a single image… And I wasn’t really that happy with the edit, so it isn’t really much of a loss. I didn’t get to spend my afternoon editing as my computer was busy doing its own thing with the restore function. But if I hadn’t had that, I would have spent the day seriously freaking out.
Anyways, on to the topic at hand. I was playing around with elephant images this week, creating some of what I call my photo art or artistic impressions images. I love elephants as the subject for these types of creations, as their large size allows the subject to still be recognizable, no matter how crazy I go with different filters, textures and techniques.
I had a lot of fun working on these, I hope you enjoy them too.
Sometimes on safari, the vehicle is stopped to watch a small group of elephants, and quite suddenly, you find yourself in the middle of a rather large herd, with elephants to all sides of the vehicle as they make their way through the bush. I feel incredibly blessed as this has happened to me numerous times while out on game drives. For some people, the situation can feel a bit intimidating, but I always trust that my guide is reading the situation correctly, and has an exit strategy prepared in case things get dicey.
Thankfully, we’ve never had to use one of those, and instead can enjoy elephants as far as the eye can see.
I hope you enjoy my selections for today, and wishing you a wonderful week ahead.
While staying at Lion Sands River Lodge, we set out on our afternoon game drive and came across a small bachelor group of elephants. These four broke off into pairs, play fighting as the day grew dim, while a couple of other bulls grazed nearby. It’s so cool watching the interaction of these animals.
My focus for the month is on elephant images, and I decided to start off with some of the adorable babies that I saw on my last safari.
I’ve had the great fortune to spend time amongst the shy ones, the boisterous ones, the playful ones and the ones too focused on food to even give the vehicle a passing glance. I adore them all. I hope that the individual character of each animal shines through these images below.
October was a freestyle month, and really was a mixed bag of Sunday posts. A couple of posts that focused on leopards (which happen to be my favourite cats), some photo art using owl images and to round it off some examples of different weaver nests.
What’s new this month
We are deep into autumn now, with days growing short and the temperature getting colder and colder. I’ve again failed on my mission of getting out and capturing any images locally, which again feels like a massive missed opportunity. So really, not a lot new to share.
5 favourites of the month
Head on over to my gallery page for more of my favourite images.
What’s coming up next?
For November I am going to focus my Sunday posts on my very favourite animal (next to my dog, of course) – elephants. It just popped into my mind, and I like to try to go with my intuition. There might be some photo art combined in there too, we shall see where inspiration takes me.
For those of you that are printing out the half fold or clipboard style calendar pages, here are your links for November and December: