Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Elegant Elephant Tails

THE ADORABLE elephants my daughter drew, and that I posted earlier, flew to my mind when searching for a word beginning with the letter “E”. Elephants are one of my favorite creatures on the planet. Their twirling trucks and the swoop and swirl of their bulky bodies have mass appeal. The intelligence of elephants shows when they socialize. It is clear to see they are clever in the way that they gently nurture their young and empathetically rub each other's noses while chatting.

I love elephant ears, whether the large fanning African or petite flapping Asian kind. I like having an elephant ornament around the house. Since elephants are known for wisdom, longevity and sheer elegance, (despite being plus-size), they are said to bring good luck, especially when their trunks are turned upward. There are no elephants native to my world in BC. They are seen only in zoos or in the circus and seem lost when not free to roam.

Elephants are the largest living land animals on the globe. Each over-200-pound baby is thought to be an offshoot of prehistoric mammoths. When they travel the wild with their families, I love how they wrap their trunks around the tail of the elephant ahead for safety. And I love how they stamp their footprints deep into the dust as they saunter gracefully across the horizon.

Copyright by Penelope Puddlisms

This post showcases the letter "E" for elephant. If you think words are fun and enjoy playing with the alphabet, visit ABC Wednesday.

18 comments:

  1. I love elephants too. A number of homes I visited all these years had elephants in porcelain, clay and wood in their collections. I do know that if one to have one in your home is to point their trunks towards the front door in the house. It brings in good luck.

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  2. Oh, I love elephants too! Your daughter's drawing is just brilliant, and the photograph of your ornament has a similar grace and flow to it. You probably know of this link to the sanctuary in Tennessee where Tina, the Vancouver zoo elephant lived out her final year of life. Carol and Scott, the original founders, have left amid an unpleasant court battle, but the new directors continue to hold the well-being of their rescued elephants as their top priority.

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  3. What a great choice. Your daughter is very talented. I love elephants too. Carver, ABC Wednesday Team

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  4. those are the CUTEST elephants I've EVER seen

    ROG, ABC Wednesday team

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  5. Wonderful drawing. Small elephant is cute.

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  6. Ah, very interesting about an elephant trunk needing to point upward towards the door, Stephanie. Will definitely reposition my elephant ornament to give it a test. :)

    Carol, Thanks for this info because the details of what happened to that elephant at the Vancouver Zoo escaped me. If it’s the same one I’m thinking about that was chained at the entranceway of that zoo for hours and hours at a time, I am thrilled to be reminded that it had a far better ending. I complained about this poor creature having only a few yards of space to pace and wobble its head in utter boredom and loneliness, as I’m sure many others did over the years.

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  7. Such an ENJOYABLE post. I love your daughter's style of drawing.

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  8. I love your daughter's elephant watercolor. She has clearly inherited your talents!

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  9. Truly love elephants and was thrilled to see them in their natural habitat in Kenya.
    See, there is something good about being "plus size". (:0)

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  10. I love Holly's elephants, especially the baby one. Great choice for E day.
    Luv, K

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  11. I was lucky enough to see wild elephants in Kenya ..they took my breath away they were so magnificent.
    Jane x

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  12. Talented daughter and so very cute.

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  13. Excellent post! Love your daughter's artwork! Did you read the book "Water for Elephants"? That elephant was super intelligent. (I don't think the movie was near as good as the book!)

    leslie
    abcw team

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  14. Love that picture of elephants. They are magnificient creatures with I believe a very well developed social and family structure. One day I hope to see one in its' natural environment.

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  15. Great post with a great drawing. My brother bumped into an elephant when he travelled through asia Luckily he was on a scooter. My mum collects elephants. I will tell her about the trunk. i didn't know that

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  16. I’m interested in where your daughter’s eyes were aimed when she drew it. Elephant is such a big and lovely creature. I’m the one who believe animals have emotions, and I’ve seen a video where elephants are mourning.

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  17. Cute! very creative.

    Have a nice day.

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  18. Beautiful blue elephants! How lovely the depiction of a tiny elephant!
    Elephants are family loving, intelligent animals. Looking at them is soothing.
    I guess they are most loved animals in Japan also. After WWⅡwas over, an elephant was presented to an empty zoo in Tokyo from India. Children welcomed her enthusiastically and her episodes had been broadcasted and reported for a long time.
    keiko

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