Etosha National Park, Namibia, Africa

A wildlife photograph that shows how two giraffes create a beautiful archway for a zebra foal. The vibrant pink African sunset colors reflect on the wild animals and clouds in the sky.

copyright Anette Mossbacher, 15 July, 2023

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This photograph was captured with a X-H1 and a lens. The following settings were used:

  • Aperture: ƒ/8
  • Exposure time: 1/90s
  • ISO: 1250
  • Focal Length: 560mm

The original photograph has the following dimensions: 5189 by 3364 pixels (WxH).

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That wildlife photograph shows a beautiful archway two giraffes create for a zebra foal. Both towers of giraffes nearly touch each other’s heads while the young zebra stands peacefully a little further in the middle of the archway. The vibrant pinkish colors of the African sunset reflect on the wild animals, as well as in the storm clouds in the sky.

How did this wildlife photograph come together? To the left-hand side, not in this photo, are about eight giraffes drinking at a waterhole. At the same time, a zebra herd comes out of the bush on the right-hand side. The two animal species crossed each other.

Young Zebra Foal With 2 Giraffes

While the young zebra foal was waiting for its mother to catch up, the right giraffe turned around, waiting for its mate. From the left comes the adult giraffe walking into the picture. That giraffe walks towards the other giraffe.

Both animals are creating an archway. That scenario that two giraffes create an archway for the zebra foal happened twice. After a little while, the tower of giraffes went into the bush to feed, while the zebra herd went on to the waterhole to drink.

The giraffe, Camelopardalis, is in category vulnerable in the IUCN red list. The Burchell zebra’s Latin name is Equus quagga burchellii.  

Clients have asked me to process this photograph in black and white and sepia color. Here is the result of the baby Zebra between the tall towers.

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3 comments for Giraffes Archway For A Zebra Foal

  1. Andreas Liedmann

    Hey Anette …. absolutely gorgeous.
    Love the symmetry in this one and the saving arch ….for the foal.
    Well-timed and you had the luck and for sure the patience to create such a nice image.

    Just wish the left giraffe could have turned the head a tiny bit more.

    LOVE it

    • Anette Mossbacher

      Hi Andreas,
      Thank you very much, Andreas.
      The left giraffe, oh well yes, this wild animal just did not follow up with my wishes with turning the head. 😀
      It did not stop either to pose for me a bit longer with the little baby Zebra. As you know, we cannot have everything out there in the African Savannah! 😀
      Ciao Anette

  2. Hanneke

    This, of course, is an absolute stunner! And I absolutely love this one in black/white as well!

    • Anette Mossbacher

      😀 Indeed, the black and white fine art of this photograph is as well one of my favorite images.
      Thanks so much, Hannke, enjoy your view of your marvelous limited fine art wildlife prints. 😀
      Ciao Anette

  3. Suzanne Jeffery

    Love! All creatures great and small!

    • Anette Mossbacher

      Thanks so much, Sue for commenting.
      Cheers Anette

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