Eloise had us all mesmerized by her sheer size. But equally as powerful, was the serene nature of her personality. She moved softly with great care and tact. Despite her size, she could sense if she was about to step on something even an inch wide and adjust her stride. I’ve photographed many animals and I rarely have the chance to touch the animal I’m working with because of safety or comfort level of the animal. But in this instance, I was able to put my hand on Eloise’s shoulder and feel the wonderfully unique texture of her skin and wrinkles. I closed my eyes as I felt the rise and fall of her breath and felt an amazing sense of gratitude come over me. An amazing moment.