African Elephants

Alright, I'm finally here with some wildlife pics from my Accidental African Vacation Part 2!!

It's *possible* that I went a little overboard on the picture taking...
Day 1, I would take about 500 pictures of elephants.
Day 2, maybe 250 pictures...
Day 3, 100 pictures....
Days 4, 5, 6....well...I don't think I ever took less than a hundred pictures a day...

Since
a) my internet connection isn't good enough to post a lot of pictures, and,
b) pictures of other people's holidays get boring really quick...
I've tried to pick through the thousands of pictures and I'll post a different animal every day.

Starting today with Elephants!! (As indicated by the incredibly creative title...)
A thirsty youngster (with an impala in the background)
This guy was actually more interested in watching us!
Why DID the elephant cross the road??.....
We got like REALLY close to the elephants! And a great "ear shot". African elephants can be distinguished by their ears - they are the shape of the continent of Africa. During the day, they also flap them a lot - mainly to keep themselves cool. I can't remember why....damnit!! Something about that's where the majority of their blood vessels are or something? I don't know... I've said it before....I don't do the tourist thing. (Even though they were super interesting to learn about!)
A baby elephant sighting! They are usually kept so guarded with the rest of the heard.

Getting ready for an afternoon swim....
Now the older elephant wants to take a nap. So he digs a hole and builds a mound so that he can have a nap.
Elephants are too heavy to lay flat on the ground so they sleep on a hill. The weight of their bodies is too much if they lay flat...there is too much pressure on...their organs, I think? Damnit! I can't remember!!!!
[Hmm...maybe I should have been taking notes like these two major loser girls so that I could remember all of this stuff!! (I promise to include these girls in a post later....they definitely deserve a mention on this blog...)]
The younger elephant decided he wanted a nap too...but couldn't quite figure out how to dig the hole and build up the mound of dirt. So he just crashed on the big one.
Big elephant wasn't too happy about this one...his nap didn't last long.Two more out for an afternoon stroll and eating trees.
More baby elephant sightings! The guide told us this one would be over a year old. Still looks so small in comparison!
Another little one hiding...
This elephant was quite playful and put on a great show for us.
More time down by the river...

This elephant kept trying to squirt water at us!
I post this picture for Mother's Day...but it is one of my favorites..
And one of my most favorites: The elephants watching the beautiful African sunset while having a drink at the 'ol watering hole....



Next African Animal post....either hippos or lions!!!
(Hope you liked these pictures, Andrew!!)

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