Weekly Photo Challenge: Warmth – Huge Love

Coming from the tropics, we are never short of heat. The weather may be dry or wet, but it’s always warm, very warm or intolerably warm. Cool spells, when they occur, are regarded with shock and amazement.

For this week’s photo challenge, I chose a picture to reflect both the heat of the day, and the enduring warmth between an elephant and his keeper. As I mentioned in my previous post on this topic, an elephant and his keeper are bonded for life, beginning from the time the baby elephant is assigned to a young man in the elephant-keeping family.

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Elephant Camp in Chiangmai, Thailand

To read more about the elephants, here are the two previous posts:

1. Weekly Photo Challenge: Create – see the elephants painting
2. Pachyderm Paradise – many more pictures from the elephant camp.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Create

Elephants can be trained to do many things, and I will write more in my next post. Here’s a teaser – an elephant painting. Actually, we were told elephants are trained to paint and they paint from memory. Nonetheless, the end result is something the elephant created with a little help.

What struck me was the absolute precision with which this elephant painted his work of art. Another elephant at the other end of the field was dabbing colors seemingly randomly on his easel. Do the different techniques reflect the elephant’s personality, or the mahout’s?

Here’s the satisfied elephant taking a victory lap after finishing his masterpiece.