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30 / Jun / 2010
Dancing in the rain
Elephant in the rain, Kabini Photograph: Sudhir Shivaram Story: Rajesh Ramaswamy

Dancing in the rain

Think of the monsoons and the mind goes to svelte Bollywood sirens gyrating to songs with a subliminal suggestion of fertility rites. At the very least, the mind’s eye conjures up images of the glitterati of the animal kingdom – those proud peacocks strutting their stuff and serenading the rains. One doesn’t often use the terms ‘rain dance’ and ‘elephants’ in the same sentence, but these gentle giants of Kabini, as evident in the image, perhaps have the most reason to break into a jig. The first shower of the season is a portent of plenty; it means a shower of benediction to the starving herds that congregate around the waters of Kabini. A distinct message from the rain gods that the days of deprivation will soon be past, it presages the greening of the world, the birth of new shoots, leaves and nourishing grass, that were conspicuous by their absence as the summer progressed. Lean may be mean in Bollywood, but not in the elephant world where ‘size zero’ is just a load of mumbo jumbo, and the unwritten dictum of ‘Mass is Class’ rules. Considering that an average adult can put away over 200 kilograms of fodder in a single day without batting her eyelashes, even a small reduction in servings could make for a very unhappy elephant indeed. Which is why, when the first rains hit, you simply hitch up your trunks and do a very passable imitation of Shakira, and sashay homewards with the good news.

We at Orange County have loved sharing this story with you, and shall bring you one every fortnight, as part of our Responsible Tourism Initiatives to raise awareness about the nature and culture of the environments we operate in.

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  1. yasmin naomi han chung says:

    great meaningful …alive pics

  2. Dr. Aby Jose & family says:

    That’s a good one!
    Thank you!

  3. Anirban Sen says:

    Dear sir, the write up is no doubt sublime but i guess your photographs overshadow your words. The elephant in the photo truly appears to be a harbinger of the life giving monsoon showers.The joy of the first raindrops hitting the parched earth is palpable in its expression !!….Awesome photo to capture the spirit of the monsoon.Keep posting more

  4. Ajay Karthick says:

    Great write-up and a great photo to go with it.. The mood in the photo far exceeds the write-up.

    Great one Sudhir.. Top stuff, as always.

  5. Ajay Karthick says:

    That’s a great write up and a brilliant shot from Sudhir.. Nice one, Sudhir, if you get to see this comment.

  6. Sudhir Shivaram says:

    Thanks all for your appreciation on the photograph. I am glad you liked it.


  7. Himani says:

    very sweet info & wish some day Orange county will invite me to witness this dance. Have heard of baby elephant walk dance number!!!!!!

  8. Sarath Champati says:

    What an amazing image…it captures the spirit and the magic of Kabini and the Elephants so well! Sudhir…superb photo and write-up..takes me back to my Kabini days instantly! Thanks!

  9. Meera Putman says:

    Amazing photograph. Thanks for sharing. Looking forward to more.

  10. Meena Waghray says:

    woka woka to the Elephants…may your Tribe Grow..Shakira and elephants…too much! Love the write ups!

  11. Kirana says:

    Amazing shot! Thanks for posting….

  12. Revathy Uthaiah Chottekalapanda says:

    I am enjoying this shot, feels like a painting. I like the contrasts and the game of light!

  13. Amee says:

    Lovely picture. insightful write-up

  14. Sanjay Ojha says:

    A nice picture of tusker taking a “shower”. By the way, I loved your picture of Purple Swamphen couple of weeks ago. Good job.
    Sanjay Ojha, New Delhi

  15. Devanand says:

    The article is laced with jumbo-sized wit and wisdom, in equal measure. The writer’s (Mr. R. Rajesh) talent is truly elephantine! Nice picture, too.

  16. Anuradha Ramachandran says:

    What a lovely pic. Captures the elephant’s gay abandon & sheer delight so beautifully.

  17. Govind says:

    Excellent pic

  18. GANESH HR, Naturalist - Orange County, Coorg says:

    Mr sudhir shivaram sir, I am Ganesh, Naturalist from Orange County, Coorg. This is a mind blowing photo sir. Animals eagerly Waiting for the rain and rejoicing when it happens is indeed marvelous! All glory to the creator of the earth
    Ganesh H. R.
    Naturalist, Orange County, Coorg.

  19. Sujatha Mani Thampan says:

    Thank you for sending this wonderful newsletter.
    writing to you to tell u that whoever is writing this piece is doing a really good job. 🙂

  20. Jagadish Bopaiah Machimanda says:

    Very good picture, thanks to Orange County Lifescapes for giving information.

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