Touring the Madikwe Game Reserve, we came across a large herd of elephants grazing in an area recently subject to a bush fire.

The herd looked in a bit of a sorry state, streaked with dust and ash, feeding on the burnt vegetation, but we were within sight of unharmed lush green vegetation so they were evidently here by choice. Attracted, perhaps, by flavours or nutrients released by the ashes.

We stopped near by, but not so close as to disturb them. Eventually, they crossed the road in small groups. Most ignored us but the larger elephants stopped and squared up to us on the road and flapped their ears - as a warning to us to keep back. This small calf crossed with its mother and did the same before realising that she had continued onwards. It immediately turned an ran off after her as fast as it could.

I took the original picture in 2008 but have reprocessed it again using a combination of Lightroom and Nik photo enhancement tools.

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