20th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Natural World
Shadow Majesty

An Asian elephant (Tusker) marching along a river which runs along paddy fields of the farmers. Elephants are freely roaming around in north central province (which consist of patchy forests) of Sri Lanka which often cause human elephant conflict. Farmers usually allow elephants to their paddy fields once the crops are harvested but chase them away by various ways & means when the crops are grown. I used a drone keeping very high in the sky without getting any notice to the animal to capture this amazing shadow which reflected on the riverbank which decorated with beautiful foot prints of the majesty.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 03.2022
Date Uploaded: 10.2022
Photo Location: Dambulla, Sri Lanka
Camera: L1D-20c
Copyright: © Lalith Ekanayake