The Lord Of The Wrinkles

Elephant head, Etosha, Namibia

Do you love elephants? Yes? Us too.

Their sheer size is truly imposing, their intelligence very impressive and their tender care for their family members is just adorable.

These are the most obvious features we notice when we observe ellies in the wild from a safe distance. But have you been close to an elephant, and I mean ‘REAL CLOSE’ – either physically or through your long telephoto lens?

If yes, you’ll most likely agree that this is yet an experience of another kind.

When we find ourselves next to these gentle giants on our game drive, their oversize alone – almost XXXL times 30 – is so utterly awe-inspiring that we instantly feel tiny, powerless & insignificant.

We are right: Compared to the muscle strength & sheer power of elephants we’re only some soft 'flies' – protected by an exoskeleton, known as ‘cars’ in our human world - that fly by.

Elephants are clever & have figured out that whilst we may be a nuisance at times, we are mostly harmless. And though they could crush us with ease they prefer to live peacefully with us two-legged 'softies'.

Elephants drinking, Etosha, Namibia

elephant trunk, Etosha, Namibia

Take the trunk for example:

it’s a power pack of more than 10000 individual muscles.

This giant hose is amazingly sensitive to pick up a single flower and yet strong enough to push down an entire tree.

Also their over-size feet: they are like small barrels, carry a body weight of several tons, but are artfully used for squashing, digging & stripping their plant food.

Elephant feet, Etosha, Namibia

And now, please come EVEN CLOSER: Do you see?

Isn't this one of the most impressive animal skins out there in the African bush? Full of nobs, deep lines and wrinkles it beautifully covers up the unrivaled muscle power of this charismatic African animal, the elephant, the LORD OF THE WRINKLES.

Elephant skin with wrinkles, Etosha, Namibia

With our best wilderness wishes,

Claudia & Wynand du Plessis

Namibia Nature Photographers -


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