Despite very good predators’ sightings on this trip, Elephants were still the main protagonists and the subjects we worked with the most. In particular, we were lucky to witness a lot of herds on the dry lake. Last year the lake had been completely covered by water and still at the beginning of this year, it was wet for the most part. Now the water has almost entirely disappeared from the lake, leaving fertile ground for fresh new grass, rich in minerals. This grass attracted Elephants and other animals in big numbers.
One amazing morning we found a bond group of more than seventy elephants together on the lake. We struggled to photograph them as they were so many that it was difficult to fit them all in one frame while maintaining the impact of the image: I am not sure I succeeded but the experience was something out of this world. Being alone in the middle of this lunar landscape surrounded by the low rumbles of the Elephants as they get ready to move.
Before reaching the grass and the marshes the herds had to cross a shallow water puddle, one of the few remaining from last year. Absolutely amazing sighting, the feeling of eternity conveyed by the scene was overwhelming.
After reaching the grasslands of Amboseli, Elephants often visited some mud-holes where they happily mud-bathed. One morning it was a constant flow of one family after another at the mud-bath. We were again completely alone watching this explosion of joy and vitality by the Elephants.