Tuesday, April 13, 2010
Having said that, in India last month I had one of those exhilarating experiences that reminds me simultaneously of why I enjoy what I do, and that...well, stuff happens.
I was following primates in a remote reserve in Assam, when my Indian guide turned towards me with wide eyes and whispered forcefully: "hati, hati!" Hati is Assamese for elephant, and when one is coming towards you in the forest, it pays to go elsewhere.
I have seen loads of elephants before, but always from the relative safety of a vehicle. By contrast, seeing an elephant while on foot is a sure-fire reminder of how puny we truly are. I managed to get a couple quick shots of this approaching female and then happily retreated. It is imperfect, perhaps, but to me carries all the heart-pounding excitement of that moment. Driving to the airport may be more dangerous, but it is never this exciting...