Behind the Image – Saying Goodbye

We came across this scene at the Malatse Dam in the Pilanesberg Game Reserve during 2010. Park officials confirmed that the elephant cow died of natural causes right on the edge of the water – Maybe she was on her way to try and quench the thirst of eminent death…
The lions already started to feed on the carcass, but her herd returned, chased the unforgiving predators up the hill and then this ritual by the sub-adult youngsters followed. They were stressed and sad at the same time, with the tears under their eyes telling the story of their intelligence and almost human like compassion… Well, these days the human race can learn something from these majestic animals…

 

 

The image was taken with my Canon 7D and 100-400 mm L lens at 1/640s, F5.6 and ISO 800.
I did the initial processing in Lightroom 4 and Nik Silver Efex Pro 2, with some selective dodging and burning in CS6.

 

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