Saturday, January 08, 2011

Coming at You

Forward Motion

Hope you are not tired of elephants. I found out more about the ears... those funny ridges that I thought were cartilage are actually veins. I guess those of you living in Africa already knew that. Elephants' ears have a profusion of veins. When they flap their ears, the blood running through the veins is air-cooled by several degrees, even more if the ears are wet. As the cooled blood flows back into the head and the rest of the body, it helps the huge beast stay cool in the hot African sun.


  1. This is even better than the last one Shelley! And yes, I guess I did know that about the cooling! Did you also know that the African elephants ears are much larger than their Indian counterparts? I have also done a painting - just finished - of elephants. I have a friend who goes to Kruger twice a year - camping! And she takes the most wonderful photos.

  2. nope - not tired at all of elephants. i am partial to your african work though .. i must admit. i love this one.

  3. Great post, I want to check out a couple of your other messages. Thank you!