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Early Morning Safari

Posted by
Sugata (Lake Forest, United States) on 3 January 2017 in Animal & Insect.

We rode an elephant at daybreak to enter Kaziranga National Park, the home of the Indian one-horned rhinoceros. Here is one of the other elephants, shot from atop ours. Did we see a rhino? You'll find out in the next post.

When I posted a similar shot on Instagram, some people expressed concerns about whether the load is too heavy and painful for the elephants. It isn't. These animals are capable of lifting unimaginable amounts of weight and these few people are nothing for them. While I agree that the whole process of domesticating and training elephants may not be entirely free from cruelty, I can assure you that the act of riding them doesn't matter at all.

RICOH , LTD. PENTAX K-1 1/500 second F/4.0 ISO 25600 70 mm (35mm equiv.)

Thanks a lot to everyone who commented on my photos, or even stopped by for a visit. The comments have been pouring in pretty fast and I'm finding it increasingly difficult to reply to each individually. I'd rather spend that time in viewing others' photos and commenting there. But I do read each comment individually, and if you ask me something specific, I'll answer that.

1/500 second
ISO 25600
70 mm (35mm equiv.)