The image of the Elephant Skull on Lakebed is powerful yet haunting. We were driving along across the lakebed in Amboseli on our way to shoot some elephants before last light when we spotted this ominous formation off to the side.
It was laying on its side and a bit dirty. I cleaned it off, thinking of how this poor creature must have taken his last breath. I set the skull upright and faced it toward the sun. With shivers in my bones I walked to the side, laid down next to it and shot this photo.
Looking at it now, I still can feel the texture of the skull and the teeth – the details all come through.
The fragility of life and the stark reality of death are united and this elephant’s entire living memory is captured in this photograph.