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African Elephant at a spot lighted water hole at night
Photographer: Andrea Popick
Location: Khulu Lodge, Hwange, Zimbabwe
Story: 
Khulu Lodge, located at the border of Hwange National Park, had a spotlight on a water hole so guests could see animals at night. We had to be perfectly quiet so as to not scare any animals away, especially elephants which have exceptional hearing. It felt a little eerie when the first elephant came close and especially as it started walking along one side of where we were sitting. I was surprised that I was able to get some photos due to the poor light condition and not using a flash. I rested my camera on a log and luckily got some photos of this hauntingly beautiful scene. It was a surreal experience that I will always remember.
Digital Alterations: 
crop, light adjustment
Camera Information: Canon SX50 HS; f 5, 1/8 sec, ISO-1600
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