14th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Natural World

Watching this herd of giraffes in Masai Mara, Kenya, showed me how graceful and gentle these creatures are. This individual kept itching her back, but whenever she reached it, she closed her eyes, like a great ballerina. After more than an hour of waiting, I finally caught one with her eyes open, and (hopefully!) captured her beauty with this image.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 08.2015
Date Uploaded: 08.2016
Photo Location: Kenya
Camera: NIKON D810
Copyright: © Yaron Schmid