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OMG, Not more tourists! by Linda Sparks


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One of a group of three mature lionesses who had settled down in the roadway for a much deserved nap. She and her sisters were totally non-plussed by our group as we snapped a million shots of them. Eventually, they got up, had a drink and a tinkle, then strolled into a massive section of the Great Migration wildebeast herd. Maybe they were looking for easy prey, or maybe they were just giving the wildebeasts a thrill. They certainly created varying levels of panic behavior as they wandered through the herd.
Panthera leo

Taken on the Southern Seregetti Plains , Tanzania, Africa

Panasonic Lumix FZ100 24x

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After being widowed, I needed to find something new to occupy my mind. I chose photography. That turned into an obsession, compounded by my love of the artistic license provided by Photoshop and the many other artful programs that help us explore all the facets of turning a photo into art.

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  • Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos
    Konstantinos A...over 2 years ago

    10 April 2012 – 2 images per day

  • Magaret Meintjes
    Magaret Meintjesover 2 years ago

  • Karen Checca
    Karen Checcaover 2 years ago


  • I’m honored, thanks so much

    – Linda Sparks

  • kappisan
    kappisanover 2 years ago

    Great catch Linda!!:)
    BIG Congratulations on your feature too!!!:D

  • Thanks so much

    – Linda Sparks

  • LittleLivs
    LittleLivsover 2 years ago

    I love this :D great title!!!

  • Thanks. I’m sure the tourists are just as annoying as the flies.

    – Linda Sparks

  • WildestArt
    WildestArtover 2 years ago

  • Thanks so much for the honor. I am sure these lions were bored with tourists.

    – Linda Sparks

  • Anna Goodchild
    Anna Goodchildover 2 years ago

    This is an incredibly clear shot – ell done! hat aperture & shutter speed did you use?

  • Ah, the rubber meets the road. I’m not a technical photographer. I took this, as I do most shots, on Intelligent Automatic with a superzoom. That this lioness happened to be within 15 feet of the vehicle, hence the title, didn’t hurt. This was F4.1 and 1/800. I do use a number of the presets on the camera and do vary the exposure when necessary (deep shade).

    – Linda Sparks

  • Rene Hales
    Rene Halesover 2 years ago

  • Anna Goodchild
    Anna Goodchildover 2 years ago


  • Karen Checca
    Karen Checcaover 2 years ago


  • Thanks so much for the feature. Always appreciated.

    – Linda Sparks

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