I’ve always liked elephants, lucky enough to see elephants from a very young age. Either in Asia or in Africa. West and East. They’re the strongest animal on earth. And though dangerous, are a peaceful bunch. On the verge of extinction. Above: a “rubbing” of a bas-relief in Angkor that we bought on site this past January. Now framed it graces the staircase. The original bas-relief is probably from the 12th century.
Amboseli, Kenya, 1988. Most sensational literature talks about the “big males” when elephants actually are organized as a matriarchal society. Females rule.
Colombian elephant. Provides energy for a few blocks in Bogotá.
Murchison Falls, Uganda, c.1969. This is one of the sources of the Nile.
Cambodian elephants at a trade fair, Phnom-Penh. c. 1905. (I wasn’t there! 🙂 Source: Vues de l’Indochine, a wonderful photo album of a time long-gone.) Note how long the tusks were, when one is now accustomed to see Asian elephants with small or no tusks at all.
Tsavo national park, Kenya. c. 1969. The elephants there are red, because or the red earth. Most likely laterite. Rich with iron-ore. Hence the colour: the iron is just “rusty”. Elephants “bathe” frequently in earth to eliminate parasites.
Bangkok, this past January. This is the Royal palace I believe. (Mental note: take more notes while traveling)
Angry elephant, on the Nairobi-Mombasa road. We may have come too close with the car. Oops.
My Lord Ganesh, Penang, Malaysia. 2017. Ganesh or Ganesha is the son of Shiva and Parvati, he is the God of Wisdom. We might use some of his help worldwide…
Nairobi-Monbasa road, c.1969. The road at one point crosses Tsavo National park. Elephants have right of way.
Elephant necklace. India, mid 20th century. Craftsmanship at its best. Sorry about the ivory.
Royal elephants, Luang-Prabang, Laos. c.1920. In La France Lointaine.
Singapore zoo, December 2017. I used to love zoos. I now have more mixed feelings. But the Singapore Zoo is very well put together. Animals have space and do look well taken care of. At the end of the day, zoos may eventually be the only place where our grandchildren may see formerly wild animals.
Or at the back of a car? My Lord Ganesh again. May wisdom prevail.
To be continued…