October 2, 2013

African Elephant, Cheyenne Mountain Zoo

Photograph by Joel Sartore

This Month in Photo of the Day: The Power of Photography

A female African elephant (Loxodonta africana) curls her trunk at the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo in Colorado.

Sartore photographed the elephant as part of his Photo Ark project, through which he is documenting thousands of rare species. "Half of all the species on Earth could be headed irreversibly toward extinction by 2100. Not if I can help it," Sartore says. "That's the idea behind the Photo Ark: getting the public to look these creatures in the eye, then care enough to save them while there's still time."

Learn more about the Photo Ark and see more pictures from the project.

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53 comments
carin hughes
carin hughes

orsum... the stories those wrinkles could tell... love these animals

Lesley Young
Lesley Young

Such clever and emotion animals. We must stop killing and violating fellow creatures !

M Paulin
M Paulin

I adopted one of these a few years ago and watched her grow.  Rare is the picture/portrait of an Elephant with trunk up. And swirled like this one?  /Vote.

Ana Mendoza
Ana Mendoza

I want this pic... How can I download???

Kim Grant
Kim Grant

oh! I am sooooo disappointed that this isn't available as a print. I love this elephant. Beautiful.

Gary Conn
Gary Conn

African Elephant   —   by Joel Sartore

As Joel has explained, it is sometimes not so easy to make his animal portrait photographs.

The elephant is a large subject in not great light and the skin has a bluish color.

The far tusk is blurred. The near tusk, the earflap and the eyelashes are focused.

In a hint of slight irony, the elephant has curled its preponderant trunk, exposed as motion by the camera.

—   Gary Conn

Barbara Ewart
Barbara Ewart

To think people still kills these majestic elephants merely for the ivory is almost more then I can bear. As we venture closer to the brink of no return for the survival of elephants as a species, I wonder what more can be done? Poachers still poach. Big game hunters still shoot with guns rather that cameras. News coverage, shaming the offenders and threats of jail, sadly, haven't seemed to diminish those whose lust for ivory exceeds the common good. Eco-tourism seems the best, most long-lasting hope, and I'm glad it's showing signs of being more popular all the time. 

Cristy Mary
Cristy Mary

wonderful photo and magnificent project ...  :-)

Gary Conn
Gary Conn

As Joel has explained, it is sometimes not so easy to make his animal portrait photographs.

It is a large subject in not great light and the skin has a bluish tone. 

The far tusk is blurred.  The near tusk, the earflap and the eyelashes are focused.

In the slightest hint of irony the elephant has curled a few inches of its preponderant trunk exposed as motion by the camera.  

—  Gary

Susan S.
Susan S.

Beautiful capture of this magnificent elephant. Congratulations on your well deserved photo of the day!

Leyla R.
Leyla R.

Wonderful image and amazing close up... 

Monica G.
Monica G.

Absolutely majestic!  Thanks 

Elephants are literally awesome!  (Too bad the "republicants" use them as their symbol, thank goodness they dont know, I hope!) 

Michel Lafontaine
Michel Lafontaine

En 2100 nous ne serons plus de ce monde , mais espérons que la majorité des espèces ne serons pas disséminer par la race humaine.............

LeAnne Gamero
LeAnne Gamero

So beautiful, look at that face! The eyes are so sweet,every line on his face is just so beautiful. I love elephants they are so fastinating,so intelligent, wonderful animals!

Wendy Thorne
Wendy Thorne

I would like to know why none of the pictures of the day are downloadable.  My desktop background is full of these pictures from the past!

Bo Liao
Bo Liao

I like the P, how to blurd the trunk!`

Kandias Overton
Kandias Overton

It is nice to see a photo from my own backyard.  The Cheyenne Mountain Zoo is terrific.

Jackie Jordan
Jackie Jordan

Amazing...everytime I see pictures of these magnificent animals, I cannot believe people are still hunting and hurting them!  Thanks for the great shot...it's now my desktop picture!

Jeannie Anderson
Jeannie Anderson

Beautiful. I would love to be able to buy this picture to hang up in my livingroom. The way you got the trunk curled like that is perfect.

Ignacio Sanz
Ignacio Sanz

i cant download the photos any day. What its the problem? This is a setback for culture

Justin Sykes
Justin Sykes

This reminds me of the the Green Lady by Vladimir Tretchikoff.  

Similarly enigmatic.

Technicality / Composition / Content / X factor = 8/10 zoom lenses  

S. Duma
S. Duma

is there a way to get these photos of the day emailed to me automatically everyday?

Justin Sykes
Justin Sykes

@S. Duma The web browser Opera has an extension where the new photo appears as a back ground image each day.  I recommend it for this very reason.

Stannous Flouride
Stannous Flouride

@ian miller @Wendy Thorne Drag it to a file on your desktop and set your screensaver preferences to use that file. You will probably get a choice of 'Center image', 'Tile', or 'Stretch to Fill Screen'

pick whichever you prefer

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