Jane Dixon Photography
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More Stories to Accompany the Shots
Sequences of wildlife shots coupled with the narrative or anecdote
WARNING: Some viewers may be disturbed by images in this sequence.
While on a morning safari in Yala National Park, Sri Lanka, the guide spotted a lurking leopard. Off in the distance was a herd of wild boar. Sitting for almost an hour, we watched as the boars came closer and closer until the leopard hunched down and selected his prey. In a blur of action, dust, and mayhem, a youngster was snatched and taken up a nearby tree. The surprise of the whole minute's action was the aggressive response of the adult boars. They were not going to let the leopard get away without a fight. In a whirl of counter assault, the leopard was chased off into the bush with a mouthful's worth less fur on its flank.
Elephant rides & snot
After an exhilerating 6 hours of driving along bumpy Indian country roads through villages filled with goats being sold for Bakr'Eid, we arrived at the deserted entrance to Koundinya Wildlife Santuary in Andhra Pradhesh. Not a sign of life, human or otherwise, to be seen. After 20 minutes of wandering the lane, a huge bull elephant, hauling its lunch, approched, accompanied by 2 mahouts. Hailing a welcome, we were invited for a ride by the chief mahout. Sure, didn't want to waste a long drive for nothing. After boarding the elephant via scaffolding, off we went on a bare-backed elephant ride through the jungle. On return to the camp, we became the stooges while the elephant practiced placing garlands of marigolds over our heads. The climactic surprise was cold elephant snot down the neck and back!
Early morning in the depths of Kanaha National Park, Madhya Pradesh, India (Kipling's inspiration for Jungle Book).
Our jeep came upon a male tiger in the track ahead. He sauntered for a few paces before something distracted him. Turning, he approached a tree at the side of the track. A scent had caught his attention. Another male maybe, a newly arrived female signalling intent per chance? The tiger wanted a better olfactory experience, and activated his Jacobson's organ (see the shot with the strange facial expression). He was obviously interested one way or another because he left his calling card before continuing on his way.