Elephants of the Okavango (Backyard safari)

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Had some fun after putting the kids to bed. When they are older, I'll get to go on Safari. Until then, I have to settle for the backyard.

Elephants of the Okavango
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Inspired by cgipson1 who made some rather frightening images last year with his dinosaurs. Thanks Charlie.
 

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That would not feel good to step on, those tusks especially.
 

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Go ASAP, it's the greatest thing in the world to see in person.

This one's bathing/eating in the Chobe river

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ChaseH...wow, what a great thing to see. thanks for the picture and the encouragement. I've been spending a lot of time pouring over Franz Lanting's book on the Okavango and daydreaming of being there....hence the backyard Safari.

Rotamimod and Whiskeyjack....yeah, with 4 year old twins....it's been a long time since I've seen the floor at my house. Kinda have to shuffle the feet to move the toys out of the way.

Here's a little trip to India. This one looks a bit too plastic....got to work on it some more.

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It really took me a sec to notice its a toy, great shot.
 

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Desi.. loving these! lol! You are rocking this! I may have to do some more like these...
 

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Ape is my favorite!! LOVE THAT ONE! Great use of the leaves to draw you straight into the eyes!
 

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These are great! The Ape is quite good actually.
 

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I'm loving this idea, what a ball!!

off to the shop i go to buy animal toys. :)
 
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Thanks Nola.Ron and Sleist. I guess there is something about looking into the eyes of a primate that is riveting....even a plastic one.

Pisto1981.....Have fun.....but be careful, this is getting to be habit forming. These animals are made by Safari ltd, The larger ones are hand painted with wonderful detail.

So, I thought I would just do one or two, but my daughter is really getting into it and greats me at the door when I get home with shouts of "lets go on Safari"....So I suppose I'll keep going until I run out of animals.

Here's tonight's: Danger on the Okavango
Danger in the Okavango by Desi595, on Flickr

A few things I'd like to fix.....He's in a baking pan filled with water, but I put in too much vegetation, so you can't really tell he's in a "swamp". The rib of the bird of paradise leaf is just too prominent. Reshoot tomorrow.

Enjoy,

Desi
 

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