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14th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Natural World
water buffalo head-spar for love

Kruger Park in South Africa abounds with life. We drive the narrow roadway that passes through the park. A herd of water buffalo suddenly blocks our safari van as they migrate to a new location. Two male buffalo teeming with energy begin to head-spar for dominance locking their horns back and forth as they twist and turn. Just as I take the photo, their eyes meet and their horns form a heart. A dorsal mane of hair stands on end to demonstrate further aggression. All lead to a remarkable photo.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 09.2016
Date Uploaded: 11.2016
Photo Location: Nelspruit, South Africa
Camera: Canon EOS REBEL T2i
Copyright: © Marilyn Adelman