African Elephant Mother and Calf

African Elephant Mother and Calf, Laikipia, KenyaThere’s been a lot of talk of elephants in the news this past week. I don’t like to get political on this blog, but let’s just hope the president has come to his senses and sticks to his word about keeping the Obama ban on elephant carcasses into the United States. Granted his change of heart has been spurred by public outcry, but he has promised to review the issue further this week and doubts he will side with those that say we must kill elephants to save elephants. I’ve heard all the arguments about trophy hunting actually being a good thing for the conservation of the species and none of them seem to hold any water. Other than the obvious illogic of killing an endangered animal to help save it, the money from these hunts benefits the hunting outfitters and corrupt local officials, not any legitimate conservation efforts. Anyone who has been fortunate enough to observe elephants in the wild knows that they are among the planet’s most majestic creatures, while anyone who needs one of their heads stuffed and mounted on a wall in their home, has a host of other issues to deal with. So c’mon Mr. President, make this be the week that I can like you. At least for a little while. As for the two beauties above, they were photographed on the plains of Ol Pajeta Conservancy in Laikipia, Kenya.
Nikon D300 with Nikkor 200-400mm lens (at 400mm) ISO 400, f/5.6 at 1/125th of a second

This entry was posted in Kenya.


  1. Sue November 20, 2017 at 12:42 am #

    Your image serves as an eloquent argument in its own right that these amazing creatures need every safeguard we can possibly conjure up. To do less would leave a sorry legacy.

  2. Rick Derevan November 20, 2017 at 1:07 am #

    Spectacular, Sean. Your comments speak for the vast majority of Americans.

  3. Roger November 20, 2017 at 1:37 am #

    They look their best in the African veld…

  4. Peter Butterfield November 20, 2017 at 7:10 am #

    —– Not a hassock for murderers rest
    —– Nor repository of carvable dentation
    —– Creature extraordinaire yet
    —– Domestic as Betty Crocker

    —– To treat our world thus isn’t
    —– Politics its vandalism.

    • Donna Zentek November 20, 2017 at 8:07 am #

      I like what you wrote Peter Butterfield.

      • Sue November 20, 2017 at 9:04 am #


  5. Mo Crane November 20, 2017 at 10:57 am #

    You definitely are your Mother’s son! Great picture and very well said!

  6. GH November 20, 2017 at 10:57 am #

    Thanks Sean!

  7. Rachel Bellenoit November 20, 2017 at 11:12 am #

    Amen. But we all know he put the idea on hold because he wants to be re-elected. God save us. Beautiful photograph.

  8. Laura Mann November 20, 2017 at 11:39 am #

    We just came back from Africa: elephants in all their majesty and complexity, along with all their other bush companions, belong where they are: in the wild. Well said, Sean.

  9. michael huber November 22, 2017 at 12:51 am #

    great pic. )these should stay put, in their own countied till we figure out what to do with all the greed people. ? )

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