The proud mahouts (elephant drivers) of India can go to great lengths to paint their charges with elaborate, colorful designs. This gentle giantess took time out her busy work day to pose for a photograph. She was blessed with naturally long eye lashes. Her manners were impeccable.
This close up was taken at the foot of the hill on top of which the majestic Amber Fort Palace in Jaipur, the capital of Rajasthan, sits. To reach the top you can ride on the back of an elephant traversing the steep incline.