Colorful elephants parade through the desert in strange shades of red and green, but this is not.
Photographer Anja Denker spotted ‘color’ elephants covered in chalk near a waterhole in Etosha National Park, Namibia.
She has spent three years taking pictures of elephants enjoying the water supply in the desert.
One of her favorite images shows a seven-ton white elephant appearing to laugh as it walks through the dusty landscape.
‘I like the movement and energy of the photo. Every time I look at it, I can still hear angry trumpets in my ears and a flash of fear – because this happened just meters away from my car.,’ she said.
‘The biggest compliments I get are that I can capture the subjects’ emotions I shoot.’
The 45-year-old visual artist also photographed elephants with green and red markings on their skin.
The green color is due to algae present in the mud that elephants roll down to stay cool in the scorching heat.
The red color of elephant skin is caused by animals that use Namibia’s famous red soil to clean their skin.
Etosha – which means ‘place of dry water’ – is one of the top safari sites in southern Africa.
Its waterholes have a ‘magnetic’ effect on wildlife, attracting 150 species of mammals, including elephants, rhinos, springboks, and lions – especially during the dry season from June to May 11.