Trunk Play

Uploaded: May 10, 2011 08:42:02


The trunk of the elephant plays a key role in social interactions and they say that an elephant never forgets. Perhaps this elephant remembers all of the times I have stood by his enclosure and spoke to him like he was my best friend and he decided to have a little fun with me by playing hide and seek with his trunk. Or perhaps his trunk just needed a rest.

Exif: F Number: 9, Exposure Bias Value: 0.00, ExposureTime: 1/640 seconds, Flash: did not fire, compulsory flash mode, ISO: 400, White balance: Auto white balance, FocalLength: 400.00 mm, Model: Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III


Jeff Robinson level-deluxe May 10, 2011

This is Outstanding Melissa - Great job!! #1375943

Kirsten Kiki Kjaer level-classic May 10, 2011

Too cute for words and a fabulous image, Melissa. #9397879

Douglas Pignet May 10, 2011

very nice B&W #9397890

Melissa Olsen May 10, 2011

Thanks Jeff and Kirsten.
This lovable guy has a big place to play in but for some reason he just wanted to stay behind the wall waving his trunk up and down. LOL

Melissa Olsen May 10, 2011

Thanks Doug! #9397897

Linda D. Lester level-classic May 10, 2011

He is so cute...wonderful capture!!!! #9397960

Robert R. Goodman May 10, 2011

Hi Melissa,Beautiful capture.I really need to get to the zoo.Stunning B&W!!! #9397984

Monnie Ryan May 10, 2011

Another very creative image - maybe he was just waving to you till he got tired! #9398139

John Connolly May 10, 2011

What a delightful animal capture this is Melissa! I have a real soft spot for these huge inteligent animals, they really are entertaining to watch! #9398259

Tammy Espino May 10, 2011

Love your elephant captures and work on it!! :) Winners to me!!! #9398513

Courtenay Vanderbilt May 10, 2011

Love the lighting and details Melissa! (another long day in the garden...taking my medication :-) #9398757

Val Feldman level-deluxe May 10, 2011

What a sweet, sweet capture, Melissa...and what a wonderful friend you've been to this big guy...and I think, truly, he feels a kindred spirit in you - yep, I believe there is a definite connection just by the look in his eyes - direct eye contact with you. Wonderful capture - a beautiful b/w, sensitively and beautifully done. #9398857

Annie Booth May 11, 2011

Hey Melissa, Love the eyes on this BIG fellow. I think he remembers you, by the way he is resting there.

You have a great day and take care my friend. #9399032

Michelle Alton May 11, 2011

Beautiful... Wonderful description too, Melissa. #9399046

Melissa Olsen May 11, 2011

Thanks to all! #9399894

Mitch Spence level-classic May 11, 2011

I love this, Melissa. It's beautifully done. #9400096

Jorgen Jensen May 12, 2011

This is an outstanding image Melissa.
Great photo-work on location and super PS-work at home. I love this image. #9401560

Wm Nosal May 15, 2011

Wonderful Image, Melissa! #9406135

Melissa Olsen May 15, 2011

Thank you Mitch, Jorgen and Wm! #9406138

Kate Jackson May 16, 2011

Love what you've done to this Melissa! A great portrait showing character! #9406503

Melissa Olsen May 16, 2011

Thank you Kate! #9406892

Thomas E. Hinds May 17, 2011

Fantastic image of this amazing creature! Superb work, Melissa! #9409512

Nancyj E. Hovey level-classic June 22, 2011

on your very deserving FINALIST! 8o) #9474119

Melissa Olsen June 22, 2011

Thank you Nancyj :-) #9474158

Wm Nosal June 22, 2011

Congratulations, Melissa! #9474242

Susan Weisensel June 22, 2011

Congratulations Melissa, I see a win here, I hope... #9474623

Melissa Olsen June 22, 2011

Thank you Wm and Susan, you are both very kind. #9474636

Courtenay Vanderbilt June 22, 2011

Well done, Melissa! Congratulations! #9474906

Thomas E. Hinds June 22, 2011

Congratulations, Melissa, on this beautiful Finalist! Remarkable! #9475160

Robert R. Goodman June 22, 2011

A big congratulations,My Friend.WTG!Melissa!!! #9475630

Nancy (Peaches) Harker June 22, 2011


HUGE CONGRATS on your AWESOME finalist!
Best of luck in the next round!


Monnie Ryan June 22, 2011

Congratulations, Melissa! #9476340

Tammy Espino June 22, 2011

Congrats on a fantastic finalist! :) #9476455

frank w. degenhardt June 22, 2011

What a joy this picture is. Congratulations on the Finalist my friend. #9476714

Melissa Olsen June 23, 2011

Thanks to all! I have to make sure to go to the zoo and tell my gray friend he is a winner :-) #9479399

Phyllis H. Burchett June 23, 2011

Congrats on this wonderful first place winner!!! #9479453

Jessica Jenney June 23, 2011

Congratulations, Melissa on your fabulous First Place Win! #9479458

Melissa Olsen June 23, 2011

Thank you Phyllis and Jessica! #9479484

Monnie Ryan June 23, 2011

Fantastic, Melissa - congratulations on your win!! #9479500

Kathleen Rinker June 23, 2011

Huge congrats Melissa!! #9479545

Melissa Olsen June 23, 2011

Thanks Monnie and Kathleen.

Agnes Fegan level-deluxe June 23, 2011

Terrific! Congrats on your first place win! #9479623

Patricia A. Stalter June 23, 2011

You must be doing the "smarty pants dance"!!!! So happy for you. #9479642

Denis Bennett June 23, 2011

very funny! #9479676

Michelle Alton June 23, 2011

This is such a great image Melissa. Hearty congratulations on the big GOLD. #9479829

Kathy Salerni level-classic June 23, 2011

Love this image! Big congrats on winning Gold, Melissa! #9479833

Val Feldman level-deluxe June 23, 2011

WTG, Melissa! So very happy to see this with Gold attached! Warmest congrats!!! #9479866

Michael Umbreit June 23, 2011

Melissa - Congratulations! - Mike #9479883

Nancyj E. Hovey level-classic June 23, 2011

on your very deserving
FIRST PLACE WINNER! 8o) #9479980

Claudia Kuhn level-classic June 23, 2011

Congratulations on your wonderful winner Melissa, great image. #9480122

Melissa Olsen June 23, 2011

Thanks for all the congrats! You guys are so kind! #9480149

Amy M. Wilson June 23, 2011

Congratulations on your outstanding First Place winner, Melissa!! #9480266

Tammy Espino June 23, 2011

YA BABY KNEW this was an awesome one!! Congrats girl on your win!!!!! (BIG SMILE) #9480565

Tammy Espino June 23, 2011

YA BABY KNEW this was an awesome one!! Congrats girl on your win!!!!! (BIG SMILE) #9480566

Linda D. Lester level-classic June 23, 2011

Awesome....Congratulations on your first place win!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! #9480624

Thomas E. Hinds June 23, 2011

Big congratulations on this fabulous Winner! WTG, Melissa! #9480748

JO ANN CLEVELAND June 23, 2011

Congratulations on this awesome Gold 1st Place Winner Melissa!

jo ann c. #9480885

frank w. degenhardt June 23, 2011

A fun and beautifully done First Place Win my dear friend. Congratulations. Way to go. #9481089

Renee Doyle June 23, 2011

Fantastic work Melissa!! Congratulations on this wonderful First Place Winner! #9481182

Usman M. Bajwa level-classic June 23, 2011

Many CONGRATZ on this First Place Gold winner, Melissa!!!

UB. #9481262

Courtenay Vanderbilt June 24, 2011

Huge Congratulations, Melissa! #9481676

Katarina Mansson June 24, 2011

What an absolutely fantastic capture with beautiful effects and tones! Congratulations on your winner! #9481706

Melissa Olsen June 24, 2011

Thanks again all for your generous congrats. #9481967

Robert R. Goodman June 24, 2011

Congratulations on this beautiful win,Melissa!!! #9482264

Patrick Rouzes June 24, 2011

Congratulations, Melissa! WTG! #9482293

Melissa Olsen June 24, 2011

Thanks Bobby and Patrick :-) #9482316

Dr Silly level-classic June 24, 2011

Congratulations Melissa on this fun Gold win. :O) #9482462

Erika G. Gossett June 24, 2011

Wonderful capture, and congratulations Melissa! #9482519

Michael Robichaud June 24, 2011

Congrats on a well deserved first place photo. #9482564

Patricia Seidler June 24, 2011

Congratulations on the GOLD Melissa! #9482573

Tarun Bose June 24, 2011

Big congrats, Melissa for your winner. #9482595

Datha Y. Thompson June 24, 2011

CONGRATULATIONS!!! Awesome First Place WINNER!!! :) #9482656

Ron McEwan June 24, 2011

A big congratulations on your 1st Place a well deserved honor Melissa #9483129

Marcel J. Fernandez June 24, 2011

Congratulations, Melissa on your delightful First Place Winner. #9483528

JO ANN CLEVELAND June 24, 2011

Congratulations on this fantastic Gold winner Melissa!

jo ann c. #9483591

ALLEN O. HOWARD June 24, 2011

Awesome capture and presentation Melissa! Congratulations! #9483667

Eivor Kuchta June 24, 2011

Big congratulations, Melissa! #9483863

Melissa Olsen June 25, 2011

Thanks all! #9484304

Anita Hogue June 25, 2011

Congratulations on your wonderful first place winner, Melissa! #9484397

Mary Beth Aiello level-classic June 25, 2011

Absolutely gorgeous work, Melissa. Huge congrats on this beautiful First Place Winner. #9484763

Debra R. Harder June 25, 2011

I absolutely LOVE this image, Melissa! Huge congratulations on your well-deserved FIRST PLACE WINNER!! Brilliant!! Deb #9484854

Melissa Olsen June 25, 2011

Thank you Anita, Mary Beth and Debra! #9484896

Jeana Clark June 25, 2011

Many Congratulations to you Melissa for this Well Deserved WINNER!!!!

~J~ #9485066

Evy Johansen level-classic June 25, 2011

What a wonderful capture, Melissa!! Big congratulations on your win!! #9485899

Janet Fikar June 26, 2011

Brilliant shot! Congratulations on your well deserved win! #9486584

Bojan Bencic level-classic June 26, 2011

Congratulations on your win, Melissa. #9486642

Mike Clime June 27, 2011

Congratulations on your winner,Melissa! #9488738

Mary K. Robison June 28, 2011

Congratulations on your First Place Winner, Melissa! #9490989

Melissa Olsen June 28, 2011

Thank you Jeana, Evy, Janet, Bojan, Mike and Mary. #9491569

Donna La Mattino Pagakis June 28, 2011

Awe, what a cutie. Nicely done Melissa! Congratulations on your FIRST PLACE WIN! #9491996

Karen Bacon June 30, 2011

A big congratulations on this wonderful first place winner Melissa! #9497653

Melissa Olsen July 01, 2011

Thank you so much Donna and Karen.

Merna L. Nobile July 02, 2011

Congratulations to all of the Award Winners for May 2011. Merna


Jeffrey R. Bange July 04, 2011

Congratulations Melissa on a very deserving and absolutely beautiful first place winner. #9506094

Melissa Olsen July 04, 2011

Thank you Merna and Jeffrey!

Jorgen Jensen July 05, 2011

You really deserved the first place with this fantastic image Melissa.
Congratulations !! #9508046

JudyAnn Rector level-deluxe July 13, 2011

Wonderful, Melissa... CONGRATULTIONS!! #9527896

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