Behind the Scenes: Photographing the Elephants

Lady and Kat

Everybody is enjoying a quiet sanctuary day today. It’s one of those eat, nap, and repeat days, so we wanted to share a “Behind The Scenes” photo of our lovely co-founder, Kat. This is what our team looks like taking pictures of the elephants in the habitat.

Kat is taking a photo of Lady while standing up on a four-wheeler. This way, if Lady decides to walk over and look for treats, Kat can quickly drive further away to maintain a safe distance from the elephants. Thank goodness for zoom lenses. We generally just stop for a minute, snap a few quick photos, and leave them be. And we never do it alone, there are always two of us, again, for safety reasons. Hence Scott taking the photo of Kat taking a photo. ?

June 9, 2020


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    Gillian Gandy says

    That as a brilliant idea thank you for the photo and thank you for looking after Lady and the other precious girls

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    Wim Diepeveen says

    Your footage be it videos or photos are a real treat. Important issue of course is safety for everyone. Hope nobody’s ever in a stress situation. The girls will think one for all and all for one. ??????

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    JoAnn Merriman Eaton says

    Always appreciate all the videos and photos of the girls, as well as the behind the scenes activity. Keep up the excellent work, we love and appreciate each of you.

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    Barb says

    We often take pictures of our family members taking pictures but none compare to this photo taken at ESB ?❤️?

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    Julie says

    I think the sky is bluer over the sanctuary! The photo is lovely and so are you all for doing what you do!

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    Carey says

    I am wondering whether some of these photos might be good enough to have as a fundraiser somehow. Collages of the ladies and the territory, other animal residents and the magnificent vegetation birds etc. skies! Produced on environmentally sensitive and friendly paper – or make your own From personal experience of receiving a pack of writing paper and envelopes it makes good strong paper . With that hand made feel. different thickness’s suit different uses … What is it made out of? Why ele poo!!! How to ; D the Ele Poo Park Paper in Chiang Mai I can see a cottage industry springing up in years ahead! btw dont forget to show us your fruit and veg plots please! I’m also growing

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      Kat Blais says

      We are planning on putting together a calendar this year. A lot of the options we would have with photos, we simply don’t have time for. We’re still a very small team and our plates are extremely full. I can’t even imagine the what would be needed for a project like elephant poo paper, although we have some books and cards made from it, and it’s lovely. With a calendar, we can do it through a company that will take the orders, mail, and deal with returns, and right now, that’s the only way we can do things. As for our garden, right now it is being turned and tended to, but not yet planted. 🙂

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    Rosie P says

    A photographer’s paradise as well as a paradise for animals! Keep snapping, we love the fabulous pics you take.

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    Sherry says

    I always enjoy learning about your sanctuary. It is all interesting how the innards work. I also love knowing about all the
    animals, your pets, you have there at sanctuary and how you care for them.
    Thank you

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    Paula says

    Hermosa foto?
    Gracias por compartirnos el “Detrás de escena” también!
    Seguro ustedes deben cuidarse ya que estas damas son enormes y con una fuerza inmanejable❤?
    Majestuosos animales… se debe sentir imponente la cercanía con un elefante, además de la admiración y respeto que provocan. Que pequeños somos los seres humanos…

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    Carol Anderson says

    Lady shown enjoying the very best of your beautiful sanctuary. Truly Gods country. You could not have found a more wonderful place.

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