I was out on the deck about to do my yoga session when I noticed the elephants were swimming across the river. We were staying in the family tent which is closest to the main area swimming pool. So I decided to delay the start of my session and just watch them. I guess this in itself is a form of meditation. You don’t have to be sitting cross-legged in a serious pose to be meditative. You just need to be present in the moment and absorb it for what it is.
I did pick up my camera and try to film it because I have just found the video button on my camera. So exciting – I have no idea how I am going to get the film from the camera into the world, but hey.
Maybe it was the energy of the intended yoga session, or maybe it was the pods of the ana trees that attracted the elephants, but they made a bee-line straight for me. They actually appeared to be running. I managed to stay and watch them until they were quite close – really very close, and then I lost my nerve and popped quickly into the room. I then photographed them through the gauze netting. The one baby elephant looked down at my towel that I had laid out as a make-shift yoga mat and wasn’t sure whether to walk over it or around it…I think she stepped over it.
The elephants love these nutritious pods and they will go out of their way to feed on them whenever they can. The wind had been blowing so there were a lot of pods on the ground. A real feast for the ele’s
Elephants in camp are a spectacular sight. Of course you have to keep your distance and give them lots of room so that you don’t land up having a confrontation of the unpleasant kind. But if you are in your room, you can sit quietly and watch them and you will see that they get really close to your tent. At one point I was sitting reading in the chair when the elephant actually almost brushed up against me through the gauze. I got such a fright in one step I was right on the other side of the room looking like Bambi in the headlights!
So until I get my video techniques spot on, I can’t share this one with you – you have to just see the stills images and get a sense of how close they were. It was an awesome experience.