<p><b>In February 2009, Photo of the Day featured user-submitted photographs.</b></p> <p>Watching a mahout lovingly bathe his elephant, I tried capturing the moment from the riverside but wasn't satisfied with what I saw through the viewfinder. There was something lacking that made the image not do justice to the scene. I then climbed a tree with a branch extending out over the water and got my shot, which may have been my last as I almost fell off after taking it. I'm sure the beautiful elephant would not have been very happy about me falling out of a tree straight onto her stomach!</p> <p><i>This photo and caption were submitted to the <a href="http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/photo-contest/2008-nature">2008 International Photo Contest</a>. See photo galleries, play jigsaw puzzles, and download wallpaper of images from more than 105,000 submissions.</i></p>

Mahout Bathing an Elephant, India

In February 2009, Photo of the Day featured user-submitted photographs.

Watching a mahout lovingly bathe his elephant, I tried capturing the moment from the riverside but wasn't satisfied with what I saw through the viewfinder. There was something lacking that made the image not do justice to the scene. I then climbed a tree with a branch extending out over the water and got my shot, which may have been my last as I almost fell off after taking it. I'm sure the beautiful elephant would not have been very happy about me falling out of a tree straight onto her stomach!

This photo and caption were submitted to the 2008 International Photo Contest. See photo galleries, play jigsaw puzzles, and download wallpaper of images from more than 105,000 submissions.

Photograph by Mohit Midha

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