June 23, 2014

Mashatu Herd

Photograph by Jaco Marx, National Geographic Your Shot

"For years I have been fascinated by elephants and elephant herds," writes Your Shot member Jaco Marx. "I've traveled to Chobe in northern Botswana quite often to photograph them in large numbers, enjoying the sight of hundreds of elephants at a time. I came across an article on photographing from an underground hide in southeastern Botswana at the Mashatu Game Reserve, an opportunity to get really close to the animals from an interesting perspective."

The hide gave Marx a mouse's-eye view of the elephants. "I waited until the young ones concentrated around one female and took a group shot. The sky was moody dark, with clouds all over, which at first concerned me but eventually added a lot of atmosphere to the picture."

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40 comments
Adah Liu
Adah Liu

Wow, a good group shot. Thank you.

Alma Nani
Alma Nani

Beautiful shot!!!! Amazing animals.

Surekha M
Surekha M

Wonderful group snap. As though the small one is looking at something interesting in water - reflection, may be!

Janice H.
Janice H.

Looks like a brooding, cautious little group.    One small one has noticed the cameraman.        This shot depicts the warmth and how family oriented these intelligent creatures are.       A marvelous photo!

Wayne  Norman
Wayne Norman

I have watched elephants work and bathe and even rode one in Sri Lanka, what fun, but never seen them quite like this.  Wonderful capture. The light is something else entirely.  I love this shot, the composition, clarity, balance and presentation.  Wow. Thanks so much for sharing.

P. Cate
P. Cate

I love elephants.  Thanks for the pic.

Nora J.
Nora J.

There is something very peaceful about elephants. Maybe it's because they appear wise and gentle...it's humbling. Wonderful photo. Perfect to start the work week. [=

Joy Saldanha
Joy Saldanha

The big elephant looks pretty thin. I wonder if its old age?  j.e.s.......

Mohammed Maolod
Mohammed Maolod

The most beautiful picture in the most beautiful nature

Joy Saldanha
Joy Saldanha

The most majestic animal on earth, and one that I love the most. Your picture,Jaco certainly does them justice.Whats to describe? Its all there in this wonderful shot, a 'wow' just does not cut it!  j.e.s........

Kiran Kasture
Kiran Kasture

Family which live together,eats together plays together....

Francesco Sinibaldi
Francesco Sinibaldi

Radiante sueño.


En la dulzura

de un paseo,

en el claro

sonido que

recuerda el

color de la

mágica noche.


Francesco Sinibaldi

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