I set off on my first ever safari in Dhikala in the summer of 2015 and we were greeted by strong gusts of wind and dust & dried leaves flying all around. Within minutes, the skies darkened (at 3:00pm it looked closer to 7:00pm) and there was a torrential downpour. Thankfully the gypsy had a tarpauline roof that was quickly stretched out and there we were, 3 of us stuck inside a tarp-covered gypsy with the fury of a thunderstorm ringing all around us. Nothing much that we could do but to drive to the grasslands and wait it out.
Thats when we saw a group of 4-5 elephants with a tiny one foraging and we decided to wait at a distance for them to cross the road ahead of us. It was quite slow going but since nothing much was happening, time was on our hands. The light was really low and in order to get some decent hand-held speed I decided to underexpose any shots I made. The little one was so tiny that we could hardly see him above the grass – the best moment would be to wait when they made the crossing. And when they did finally cross the road a good hour later, I got this moment with the tiny one perfectly placed in the light between the legs and the underbelly of the mother. Picture-in-Picture style.
Thankfully the green grass offsets the rather dull environment. And you can still make out the rain against the dark of the mammal.