The photographs in “Earth to Sky” reveal the secret lives of elephant families and show the suffering that the animals have known because of the thriving ivory trade. The book spans 20 years of National Geographic photographer Michael Nichols’s work.
Samburu National Reserve, Kenya, 2007 Nichols's dedication to photographing elephants grew from his work with conservationist J. Michael Fay, with whom he produced "Megatransect," a 15-month project that surveyed an uninhabited swath of African jungle by foot, including its elephant colonies. Here, young bulls grapple and test each other, learning valuable skills they will need in their adulthood. Michael Nichols/National Geographic/Aperture Buy Photo