Horned Hulk by Morkel Erasmus
Just found out this photo has been honourably mentioned in the 2016 Monochrome Awards. Still one of my favourite rhino photos in my portfolio. I will forever cherish this special moment when a massive Black Rhino stared down my lens in the sweetest of post-dusk light, with dust kicked up and his head cocked just right for his horns to be proudly displayed. With the knocks that rhino populations all over Southern Africa have been taking since 2010, it’s a rare treat and special occasion to spend time with any individual of this iconic African mammal. While we were photographing another black rhino mother and calf who were coming for a drink at a remote research waterhole, we noticed this brute coming up on our position from the North. The sun had already set, and as he became aware of our scent (and undoubtedly the sound of our shutters), he snorted in alarm and kicked up puffs of dust. As he realised we weren’t a threat, he proceeded to the water while we, having savoured the moment (and no doubt spurned on by the pending arrival of what would turn out to be upwards of 200 elephants for their evening drink), retreated to our shelter a mere 30 meters away to cook dinner and retire for the night, enveloped by the sounds of rhinos snorting, elephants rumbling and lions roaring in the distance – a magical day in Africa! Prints can be ordered directly by mailing PRINTS@MORKELERASMUS.COM Other links: WEBSITE FACEBOOK GOOGLE+ This photo is Copyrighted © Morkel Erasmus Photography.
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