16th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Natural World
Force of Nature

Taken in Amboseli National Park, Kenya. Featured is one of the oldest elephants within Amboseli, one of the last elephant strongholds in Kenya. She was positioned just feet away from the road, clearly unafraid of the smaller humans obsessively taking photos. It is difficult to concieve the tribulations this creature has experienced, but I am sure that it is used to educate younger elephants in the heard- an important role of the matriarch. This photo aims to convey the sheer power and audacity of such an old elephant. As we drove by and stopped to take photos, she began to aggressively move her head, clearly showing that our time together was up, and that it was her decision to permit who was allowed. With one foot forward and her trunk in mid-swing, her stance commands respect and attention- a lesson that I think all of the photograph's viewers can absorb.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 07.2018
Date Uploaded: 08.2018
Photo Location: Amboseli, Kenya
Camera: Canon EOS 7D Mark II
Copyright: © Noah Rothstein