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Chris Taylor

Ranger

Chris was born and raised in the Kwa-Zulu/Natal Midlands where his family inspired his early passion for the natural world. Exploring Southern Africa as he grew up, this passion was allowed to develop and his curiosity to expand. After high school, Chris spent ...

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on A Golden Scene of Elephants Down By The River

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Denise Vouri
Guest contributor

Such fantastic lighting Chris for this elephant herd at Finfoot crossing. Dark clouds with the sun shining through is magical. Sometimes not what you’re seeking turns out to be a 10+ sighting.

Chris Taylor
Ranger

You’re right, Denise. You just never know what will be around the next corner!

Ian Hall
Master Tracker

Ah -dignity , something ellies usually have in profusion

Michael and Terri Klauber
Guest contributor

Chi’s, What a beautiful experience in more ways than one! The images are dramatic and the “entertainment” was over-the-top! Thanks!

Chris Taylor
Ranger

I’m glad you enjoyed it.

William Paynter
Senior Digital Ranger

Chris, a wonderful story of the elephants told in pictures. A little humor about the young female entering the water so typical of animals as they go about their daily lives. Thanks!

Chris Taylor
Ranger

Thanks William. Yes, that young female kept us quite entertained!

Bob and Lucie Fjeldstad
Guest contributor

Beautiful ominous clouds, gorgeous golden light and a great low angle made that a terrific photographic opportunity and you nailed it … great images!

Chris Taylor
Ranger

Thank you, Bob and Lucie! A bit of luck being in the right place at the right time. Glad you enjoyed the photos.

Jane Retief Thomson
Digital Ranger

Beautiful photos Chris, lovely contrast of the golden light and dark clouds. Have really enjoyed both your bucket lists and these too, thank you .

Chris Taylor
Ranger

Thank you Jane. Happy to see that you’ve been following my recent posts, I’m glad you enjoyed them.

Anita Santoro
Explorer

Ellie ‘sitting’ is one of my fave photos ever! She might have slipped but she looks posed in the shot!

Valmai Vorster
Digital Tracker

Hi Chris, an afternoon well spent watching the elephants drinking water, eating and even sliding on their backsides into the water. That must of been fun to see her sliding down into the water. They enjoy water so much, reminds me of children playing in water. Fantastic foto’s and the light and clouds makes it even more spectacular.

Chris Taylor
Ranger

Thank you Valmai. They kept us entertained for ages; it was a fantastic sighting.

Marcia Parker
Senior Digital Ranger

Beautiful photos!

Mary Beth Wheeler
Guest contributor

Really lovely photos in the golden light!

Sam &Amp; Mary-Jane Armacost
Guest contributor

Chris: Great to read your blog this morning. The photos are spectacular! Our hearts are still at Londolozi after a great week with you and Euce. Sam and Mary Jane

Chris Taylor
Ranger

Thank you Mary Jane and Sam! Great to hear from you again. Hopefully we see you two back here sooner rather than later. Keep well.

Francesca Doria
Digital Tracker

Along with leopards in golden morning light this is one of the best view and pictures set. How nice the female that slid downwards she made me smile

Christa Blessing
Master Tracker

Great, lovely, funny, beautiful are your pictures of elephants, Chris.
Hope for more

Chris Taylor
Ranger

Thank you, Christa. I hope you are well.

Vin Beni
Guest contributor

Fantastic series of photos! Elephant looks like it’s posing for you on the slide!

Cally Staniland
Digital Tracker

What a back drop of colour, with the most exquisite soft light for your afternoon with the Eli’s. Magical Chris. Thanks for sharing one of your bucket lists with us ! 🙏🏻❤️

Leonie De Young
Digital Tracker

A really nice blog Chris and the pics are excellent. Love the dark clouds with the golden sun on the ellies. I would have liked to be there to see that ellie sliding down on her rear end. I have to admit that the elephants are my favourite – especially the younuns – they are so adorable and amusing. Thanks for sharing with us.

Wendy Macnicol
Digital Tracker

Really lovely pics and article thank you Chris. Love watching ellies but, being a cautious soul, rather from further away than too close! Wendy M

Wendy Macnicol
Digital Tracker

Me again, I am afraid. Have you guys had your first good Spring rains yet? We have had a marvellous beginning to Summer with a really good rain over a couple of days in here Randburg. Wendy

Chris Campbell
Explorer

Hi Chris, fantastic light for your shots.
Do you remember the male ostrich that was seen near, the old railroad in August? Was it ever seen again, I haven’t seen any mentions of ostrich and wonder if it became a meal or wandered elsewhere looking for a female.
Good to hear that you are all getting vaccinated at last.

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