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March 8, 2008 / Bo Mackison

Gray Scale

Grey Scale

This big guy was one of only a few animals outside at the zoo on this chilly winter morning, though he didn’t seem to mind the 27˙F. weather. While I took his picture, he fed himself his breakfast hay swinging his trunk up and down.

I was so amazed at the dexterity of his trunk, I checked out a few facts about elephants on Wikipedia. This is an Asian elephant – only one “finger” around the lip of his trunk. (The African elephant has two.) And what I found most amazing – scientists estimate there are between 40,000 and 100,000 muscles in an elephant’s trunk. The trunk is such a finely tuned instrument, an elephant can as easily pick up a single blade of grass as he can tear down a medium sized tree. Check out the facts about elephants on Wiki and you’ll come away amazed. Guaranteed.

Milwaukee County Zoo
Milwaukee, WI
March 1, 2008


  1. Ron in L.A. / Mar 8 2008 12:24 am

    Great capture Barbara…


  2. montucky / Mar 8 2008 8:38 am

    You did a nice job with this one! Lots of character in that face!

  3. mon@rch / Mar 8 2008 10:08 am

    Amazing use of lines in this shot! WOW I love it!

  4. Nicole / Mar 8 2008 10:32 am

    Wonderful shot and lesson.
    I didn’t know that!

  5. Nicole / Mar 8 2008 10:40 am

    Great shot and lesson!
    Thanks – didn’t know the muscle thing!

  6. Gandalf / Mar 8 2008 11:35 am

    The nose knows for sure or the trunk with funk. Pretty cool facts. I wonder how far he/she could throw a snow ball.

  7. jeanabaena / Mar 8 2008 12:02 pm

    nice details. 😀

  8. Robin / Mar 8 2008 6:06 pm

    Wonderful detail and texture in this shot. 🙂

    Elephants are cool.

  9. Bernie Kasper / Mar 8 2008 10:00 pm

    Great shot of a beautiful animal Barb, nice work 🙂

  10. Sumedh / Mar 8 2008 11:43 pm


  11. Smiler / Mar 9 2008 1:18 am

    That’s gorgeous. I love elephants to begin with, but your shot is great. It also got me totally obsessed about the fact that I NEED a better zoom lens. Hey, it’s a blog topic like any other. 🙂

  12. ladypercy / Mar 9 2008 12:47 pm

    Great picture! And, I love the double meaning in the name.

  13. barbara / Mar 10 2008 9:39 pm

    ron ~ thanks, though glad I captured him here and not half way across the world. I get homesick.
    montucky ~ old elephant face – lots of character
    mon@rch ~ thanks, those lines really came out in the gray
    nicole ~ wiki can teach much! 🙂
    gandalf ~ how far can you throw a snowball? just please, not at me, okay?
    jeanne ~ thanks
    robin ~ cool, yes, especially in Wisconsin in winter! 🙂
    bernie ~ thanks, animals are fun to do.
    sumedh ~ thanks for commenting
    smiler ~ mmm, I know. I obsess about a lot of lenses.
    lady ~ glad you liked the title.

  14. Gandalf / Mar 11 2008 9:28 am

    I can heave a snowball a good 40 or 50 feet. I can usually hit the ground with it.

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