Visiting Amboseli National Park was a highlight to my photo safari in Kenya. As most first visitors I was longing to see the big tusked elephants which roam the territory here often in large herds.
After a couple of days it was clear that I was not only fascinated by the elephants in the area, but also by this extreme diverse landscape unfolding below Mt Kilimanjaro. So today I find myself waiting at a kind of cross – over point near Observation Hill. Often we happened to be close to this hill, which seemed to draw us in like a magnet.
Here three pathways join up. I look through my binoculars into the distance of dry, dusty plains. Then I turn around and there is green grass and water. This contrast is spectacular.
Some of these swamps are permanently fed by melt water through underground springs from the peaks of Kilimanjaro. With their sedges, water lilies and papyrus they are highly important for survival of the wildlife in this area.
Although the swamps attract the elephants like a magnet, I learned that it could prove to be a challenge to be in the right spot for taking a photograph of the big mammals. So there I sit waiting for the herd that I spotted in the distance to come closer. When they are just a few hundred meters away from the car, I get my camera ready. I carefully open the door of the car. I want to be prepared and allow myself room to get the perfect position for this shot. The elephants move with fast pace. Their destination is close and their minds seem focused. Quickly they reach our car – within seconds I press the shutter a few times and see the herd passing by through my viewfinder. It was breathtaking close.
This image of the PRIDE OF AFRICA Collection (African Wildlife) is available to purchase as a limited edition print in 5 different sizes.
The edition size is 101 prints per image plus Artist Proofs of which each size has a certain amount of prints allocated to it. All artworks are personally approved, individually numbered and signed by the artist, Klaus Tiedge. Each artwork is delivered with a Certificate of Authenticity.
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