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The face of drought 3


Our summer season of 2015/16 was a dry one, allover the country. At the start of the 2016/17 summer in October, we visited the Kruger National Park; where the signs of drought were quite visble and stark at times.


I took this picture from a bridge over what would be a river at times. The three larger elephnats on the right are digging for water, that can be found in the sand,where it passes over some underground rock surface. You can see the nearer elephant kneeling on her knee, while scooping a hole with her right foot. The calf ran around and plopped down, with its head and trunk into the hole, to drink mother's finding. Other animals will later-on benefit from this hole.


Have a wet weekend - and I am not referring to rain ...



comments (15)

i like the unflappable feel to the eyes of the digging elephant. the young ones have it harder i imagine.
Louis: You are right about that, Ayush. It is amazing that elephants with their huge needs of water and food, seems less impacted by the drought - they still have good condition.
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 2 Dec 2016, 03:10
What a fabulous, documentary shot, Louis.
Louis: Thank you Ray - the young calf's antics to reach the water was comical - but for that I would need a motion picture.
A very sad, but beautiful image, Louis
Louis: Thank you Elizabeth
  • Chris
  • England
  • 2 Dec 2016, 06:39
Poor things, I hope they all survive
Louis: As they are digging, they are all in good condition. They will survive.
  • Lisl
  • England
  • 2 Dec 2016, 06:47
It must be pretty desperate for them Louis. How difficult it must be to get enough water from under the sand
Louis: Not so difficult for an elephant, as they are better equipped to the task. Other animals will benefit, once they leave.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 2 Dec 2016, 06:56
Your information is very interesting - good that the calf can now drink some water. Eeen heel mooie foto!
Louis: Dankjewel, Philine.
Such a sad picture Louis, with such wonderful creatures.
Louis: Seasons come and go. Our current summer has provided some rain, although one cannot yet say the drought has been broken for good.
I hope they survive and soon have plenty of water.

Book sale again this weekend and our Santa sleigh has stated its rounds again! It will be Christmas before we know it!
Louis: I hope the same. Good that you had a good day. I was busy with my youngest grandchild's first birthday bash.
Joli troupeau. Qu'arrive-t-il au bébé par terre ?
Louis: Merci Martine. Le bébé éléphant est de boire de l'eau, que sa mère est folle. Il ne peut pas atteindre l'eau, quand il est debout.
  • blackdog
  • United Kingdom
  • 2 Dec 2016, 10:07
A sad picture of the struggles of these noble but clearly resourceful beasts. I feared the worst for the calf until I read your script. Hoping they get some much needed rain soon.
Louis: There has been some rain since I have taken the picture, but it is not a good season, yet.
This makes me so very, very sad, Louis.
Louis: Droughts are bad. There was a time (1983), where one of us will take a bath, then all four children through the same water. Then you use the water to flush the toilet and then hand water some precious plants, with what remains from the bath. The other adult would then take a bath in ankle deep clean water, which we used afterwards to provide the dogs with drinking water and a few more plants. The saddest thing for me, was watching the lawn and other plants (not in the watering program) dying.
I thought for a moment the youngster was dead.
Louis: It is just a matter of the trunk being too short, to reach while standing up. I sa the calf lie down, otherwise I would have thought the same smile
what an amazing photo Louis... i'm sure that they would have found some ground water... the little ones seem to be more effected from this journey....petersmile

we had another 6" of snow last night... it is sort of a wet weekend....petersmile
Louis: Oh, they have found water - elephants are quite nifty animals.
It's good that there's still some to find!
Louis: Very true, Tom.
Magnifique prise de vue ..
Louis: Merci beaucoup, Claudine

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