An Elephant’s Tale

by Julia Laporte May. 03, 2019 670 views

Just a day or two before these pictures were taken our guide had told us that the previous week he had witnessed a herd of elephants swimming across one of the narrow sections of the lake. He was even able to capture it on film and showed us the video. The video itself was absolutely stunning to watch and I told my husband that seeing a swimming elephant, even just a single one, would be a dream come true as they are my favourite animal. I am fascinated by the fact that such a large animal has the elegance and agility to swim in deep waters.

As we enjoyed our first boat safari we opted for another. Although the wildlife sightings were not as plentiful this time around, we were having a good time enjoying the nature and the company of other friendly guests. On our way back to the boat dock there was a dark spec by the water, far away in the distance. With the binoculars we were just able to identify it as an elephant that was either going for a drink or - I held my breath - going for a swim across the lake. Within a few moments the elephant’s actions made it clear that it meant to cross the water. As we were still quite a distance away we were not sure if we would be able to make it in time to see the elephant mid-action.

Luckily we did. I couldn’t believe my eyes and naturally enjoyed every moment of it. To me, it was such a special experience that still keeps me smiling from ear to ear when I think back on it. Not only did the elephant cross the lake but it then decided to stick around and put some sun screen/ insect repellent on its back, all in plain sight.

A truly magical experience.

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Heike 1 year, 10 months ago

Wow, wow, wow! This is a dream-set! I really envy you for this experience!

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Julia Laporte Replied to Heike 1 year, 10 months ago

Thank you, Heike. I still can’t believe that happened and we actually got to witness it. It was magical!

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Greg Blaney 1 year, 11 months ago

Wow, just another wonderful set of photos. #6 is excellent! I'm not going to say that you were lucky to see this because all of your experiences seem lucky - so my conclusion is that what you're witnessing is a result of good planning, which in turn leads to all your Nat Geo worthy photos. +1

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Julia Laporte Replied to Greg Blaney 1 year, 11 months ago

Haha, in this particular case I am pretty sure it came down to luck. With many other experiences I agree that they were the result of great planning, all credit due to my husband. smile

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Bruce 1 year, 11 months ago

Jules. . . Beautiful photos, what a wonderful capture of a truly amazing creature doing what it does in the wild. It's hard to imagine that an animal of its size lives and roams freely in a land that has seamingly no defined boundary to impede its life or freedoms. You have again captured nature at its base level . . . Just a routine day in the life of an Elephant in the wild and an exceptional gift of opportunity and location to be able to see it and shoot it as it happens. Thanks for the share, wish I was there.

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Julia Laporte Replied to Bruce 1 year, 11 months ago

This set was for you, Bruce. Why don’t you celebrate retirement by going to see some elephants somewhere in the world... I know you want to! smile

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Bruce Replied to Julia Laporte 1 year, 11 months ago

Julia, this set is a wonderful gift, and insofar as a trip to see these creatures first hand in their element, it will happen after a bit more time as we plan going forward.

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Julia Laporte Replied to Bruce 1 year, 11 months ago

Wonderful! +1

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Björn Roose 1 year, 11 months ago

That is indeed an amazing sight to witness.

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Julia Laporte Replied to Björn Roose 1 year, 11 months ago

It was truly wonderful.

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Russell Smith 1 year, 11 months ago

Quite a beautiful and magestic animal

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Julia Laporte Replied to Russell Smith 1 year, 11 months ago

Incredibly so!

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