Under Mom's watchful eye by Owed to Nature

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Atop a rock kopje in the plains of the Serengeti, a cheetah mother stays alert so her two young cubs can relax and soak in the African sun.

On a personal note… Cheetah is my favorite animal. And this was taken in my favorite place – the Gol Kopjes of The Serengeti. It was my first private safari, my first digital camera, my first time seeing little cheetah cubs. We spent 2 hours with them, basking in the glow of pure African sun. Memories forever framed and treasured in my memory. This moment stays the clearest of them all. I still feel the blood rush through my heart as Mom slowly raised herself to scan the vast horizon. A slight breeze blows and we relax… All is right with the world.

Canon EOS 300D (the original Digital Rebel)
Canon EF75-300mm f/4.0-5.6 IS USM lens

FYI: My first image uploaded to RedBubble on September 7 2010

Featured by the Groups:
You Big Softy October 18 2010
Live and Let Live January 26 2011
Wild Nature Photography February 5 2011
Photography Challenge Group March 16 2011
Wild Cats In Their Environment May 22 2011
Animals of Africa – Best of the Best November 3 2011
Images Of Endearment November 29 2011
We Sell Art November 30 2011
Cats and Dogs December 8 2011
High Quality Images December 11 2011
Afrikaans April 19 2012

Top Ten in the Challenge:
A Meaningful Moment Animals – Moments Caught in Time Feb 2011
Photography Challenge Group Big cats with Spots March 2011
Amazing Challenge Entertainment Spots & more spots July 2011
Animals of Africa Mother Love October 2011
Animals of Africa February Avatar Challenge for March 2012 March 2012
Afrikaans Cheetahs in Africa April 2012


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During an unexpected chance to experience Africa, a seed was planted. Nurtured by subsequent forays into wild places, this photographer was born.

Jacques Cousteau said “People protect what they love.” And we’ve all heard that “A picture is worth a thousand words.” So, enough with this. My photography says the rest. Thanks for listening.

Sylvia J. Zarco
aka Owed to Nature

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  • JaniceMachado
    JaniceMachadoalmost 4 years ago

    Thanks for submitting your work in
    Pets Need A Hug

  • Dawn M. Becker
    Dawn M. Beckeralmost 4 years ago

    MY CHEETAH’S… Love this!!! I petted a Cheetah and that was the most awesome day I had!!! great capture :-)

  • I’m SO envious. Cheetahs are my favorite animal. Normally I wouldn’t think of disturbing a wild animal but cheetahs are so special – and the cubs are just so precious – I’ve always wanted to pet one, just once. Have never gotten the chance. I can just imaging how amazing that must have been for you! So nice to hear you like these guys’ picture. It was my most awesome day. In the Serengeti, first time to see little cubs and we watched them play, nap and play for at least 2 hours. Heaven… ;-)
    Thanks for your comments and fav.

    – Owed to Nature

  • Ann J. Sagel
    Ann J. Sagelalmost 4 years ago

  • Thank you and the group for the Feature!

    – Owed to Nature

  • AngieDavies
    AngieDaviesalmost 4 years ago

    Wow what stunning creatures! Great capture! Congrats on the features!

  • Thank you Angie. I admit, cheetahs are my favorite creatures and this is one of my favorite shots. So wonderful to hear you like them too. ;-)

    – Owed to Nature

  • Rosehaven
    Rosehavenalmost 4 years ago

    Adore your “Big Softie” feature !!! Big Congratulations~ Warmest wishes ~ Lynne

  • Thank you so much Lynne! Congratulations to you too!

    – Owed to Nature

  • Keeawe
    Keeawealmost 4 years ago

    Beautifully done! Congratulations on your feature!

  • Thank you Keeawe! And apologies for how long it took me to say so because I really do appreciate your thoughtful comment.

    – Owed to Nature

  • joycee
    joyceealmost 4 years ago

    Wonderful capture!!

  • These guys hold a special place in my heart. So gratifying to share them and find others enjoy them too. Thank you Joycee.

    – Owed to Nature

  • Elaine123
    Elaine123over 3 years ago

  • Thank you Elaine! I’m absolutely thrilled to have this image featured by the Group!!! ;–)

    – Owed to Nature

  • mrcoradour
    mrcoradourover 3 years ago
    OH What a great capture of this majestic Animal,

    A Favorite

  • This is one of my favorite moments too so makes it extra special to get your comments and favorite. Many thanks Malcolm!

    – Owed to Nature

  • Stuart Baxter
    Stuart Baxterover 3 years ago

    magical image

  • Such a wonderful thing to say! Thank you so very much Stuart.

    – Owed to Nature

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