Facing My Fears

posted on 1st of january, 2012

Since I was little girl, my parents took my sister and I on regular camping trips to the Addo Elephant National Park in the Eastern Province, South Africa. My dad volunteered as a ranger, which meant that he had to be on duty every other weekend to make sure that all the guests visiting the national park were behaving accordingly. Alas, this was not always the case... People were often found wondering outside their vehicles in areas where this was – and still is – prohibited! This basically means the entire park, unless there is a notice stating that you may leave your vehicle at your own risk.

I could never understand why people would want to leave the safety of their vehicles in a park where elephants roam. I mean, I was scared to death! Whenever we drove past elephants – or they walked past us – I hid behind my dad’s car seat, hoping and praying that we did not die that day. My mom did not help much in these situations... She always joked around about getting out of the car to go and play with them.

But fortunately as I got older, my fear for elephants turned into admiration. I have to admit that this was not always the case when I drove around on my own though, as it is very intimidating being both the photographer and the driver in situations where elephants are standing right next to your car. Then at some point on a recent trip to Addo, I decided to let go of any fear I had for elephants and just embrace those moments when I use to feel like speeding off before something bad might have happened – which of course never did happen.

I am so grateful for staying this time, because I saw them behave in ways that I have never seen before and I have a newfound respect for these majestic animals. Here are a few of the images I have uploaded after watching them for hours at a time over a period of two weeks. The rest will follow soon!

Comments (17)

Posted by Thevegetable on January 05, 2012
Amazing images :)
Posted by Kharyadi on January 04, 2012
Great images. Congratulations for defeating your own fear!! ^_^
I still have my own fear for elephants :-(
Posted by Lindsaybasson on January 04, 2012
Thank you :)
Posted by Nero67 on January 03, 2012
Beautiful images, congratulations!!!
Posted by Iwhitwo on January 02, 2012
Thanks for sharing both your story and great images Lindsay. I particularly like the "Young Elephants Playing" shot.
Posted by Peanutroaster on January 02, 2012
I'm jealous! Elephants are such a noble animal and a fantastic subject to photograph - they are like a living, breathing texture! All of that great wrinkly skin.
Posted by Clearvista on January 02, 2012
Fantastic photographs. Congratulations on overcoming your fear and reaping the dividends of unforgettable moments. Hope you go on to get many more, :)
Posted by Owaisphotography on January 02, 2012
excellent work
Posted by Lindsaybasson on January 02, 2012
Thank you all so much :) :)
Posted by FabioConcetta on January 02, 2012
Amazing images, congratulations!
Posted by Joezachs on January 01, 2012
Wonderful pictures.
I was (and is) always in awe of these gentle giants who roam the earth.
Posted by Rigsby8131 on January 01, 2012
Well done for facing your fears. Fantastic photos, congratulations!!!
Posted by Jdanne on January 01, 2012
Wonderful photos! Congratulations!
Posted by TMarchev on January 01, 2012
Good portfolio !
Posted by Physi28 on January 01, 2012
Very good photos and a touching story!
Posted by Dgphotographic on January 01, 2012
Stunning images ! I'm glad you have overcome your fear, after seeing these magestic animals at safari parks, I can only imagine the exhilaration of being so close to them in the wild. Look forward to seeing more.
Posted by Lindsaybasson on January 01, 2012
Oh! And happy new year =D Lots of blessings to you all! x

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