Maik Suessemilch

Camera: Sony Alpha 7IV

Lens: Sony 200-600mm

Aperture: F9

Shutter speed: 1/160sec

ISO: 640

Description: Close up of a massive Elephant Bull

Story from behind the lens: Our guide Ken was rushing for a River Crossing close by, as this massive Elephant Bull crosses our way. He was in mast and stressed. I told Ken to stop the car because I ever want a proper close up of an elephant, showing their beauty. Do you ever had a staring contest with an elephant? We locked eyes, and in that moment, I felt an understanding. A mutual respect painted in a canvas of silence.

His wise eyes mirrored years of wisdom, resilience, and survival. The lines on his skin etched tales of time and nature, each one a testament to his magnificent existence.