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p.1 #1 · Asian elephant


Houston Zoo denizen was separated from the others. My guess is that he is either entering or exiting musth. Just a guess, mind you.


Asian elephant - Houston Zoo by kenj8246, on Flickr


Asian elephant - Houston Zoo by kenj8246, on Flickr

Kenny



Jan 13, 2013 at 11:55 PM
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p.1 #2 · Asian elephant


Pretty tight crop, Kenny, but excellent images nontheless.
I'd guess you're right about the musth. The secretions below his eye are a good clue. And the fact that he's had his tusks sawed off indicates that when he's horny he gets cranky. Since the other elephants can't run from him, separating the big guy is probably all the caretakers could do.
Charlie



Jan 14, 2013 at 07:33 PM
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p.1 #3 · Asian elephant


Thanks, Charlie. I was testing an old Nikkor 400mm f3.5 lens. Hence the tight crops. And, as you can imagine, I was a good distance off too. This is one HUGE hunk of glass that's as sharp as it can be wide open. These are Ilford XP2 Super, a C-41 b&w film.

Kenny



Jan 14, 2013 at 07:56 PM
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p.1 #4 · Asian elephant


second for me
just too tightly cropped for the first for my taste
Nicely processed

Scott



Jan 15, 2013 at 02:16 AM
 

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p.1 #5 · Asian elephant


Thanks, Scott. I need some more practice with this lens, that's for sure.

Kenny



Jan 15, 2013 at 02:26 AM
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p.1 #6 · Asian elephant


Kenny,
Not enough credit for the first.
The expression is fantastic!
Scott



Jan 15, 2013 at 02:30 AM
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p.1 #7 · Asian elephant


Thanks, Scott. If I am correct in my assertion that this male is in musth, it's, apparently, a common expression. I've seen other videos of males in musth and they all do this to one extent or the other. I'm gonna go back down there and shoot these elephants again; by Texas standards, it's close to home: only 90 miles.

Kenny



Jan 15, 2013 at 03:08 PM
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p.1 #8 · Asian elephant


I like your first image. Would have liked to see more of the elephant

Bill



Jan 15, 2013 at 07:00 PM





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