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Heading back to our campsite in the northeast corner of the Serengeti in Tanzania, a small flicker of movement in the grass catches our attention. We move in for a closer look and find the curious twin faces of lion cubs (Panthera leo), inseparably posed, just as intently looking at us as we are looking at them.

Canon EOS 300D (the original Digital Rebel) with Canon EF75-300mm f/4.0-5.6 IS USM lens
Focal length 300mm, Exposure 1/50 sec at f/5.6, ISO 800

1308 views as of August 1 2012. Thank You!

Finalist in World Wildlife Fund’s Life Grows On Photography competition July 2011

Featured by the groups
Eye Contact October 6 2010
Baby Wildlife of the World February 20 2011
Baby Animals April 8 2011
You Big Softy July 4 2011
Amazing Wildlife July 5 2011
Shameless Self-Promotion July 7 2011
High Quality Cards: Animals and pets July 7 2011
High Quality Images July 8 2011
African Beauty July 12 2011
Wild Cats In Their Environment July 16 2011
Animals As They Should Be January 24 2012
Cats and Dogs January 25 2012
Welcome To The Jungle January 25 2012
Afrikaans January 26 2012
Photography Challenge Group August 1 2012
The World As We See It Or as we missed it October 23 2012
The World As We See It Or as we missed it Endearment Photo Of The Week October 22nd–28th 2012
Alphabet Soup February 22 2013
Amazing Wildlife Mammals December 30 2013

The #1 Challenge Winner in:
Mozambique & All African Countries Big Five September 2010
Baby Wildlife of the World Siblings February 2011
Baby Wildlife of the World Baby Wildcats (3 way tie) March 2011
Awesome Wild Animal & Underwater Kingdom Young Wild Animals September 2011
Awesome Wild Animal & Underwater Kingdom (September’s) Challenge Winners Challenge Oct 2011
Photography Challenge Group Baby Big Cats July 2012

Top Ten Challenge Winner
Baby Animals Group Avatar April 2011
Photography Fun A Pair of Pairs August 2011
Canon Photography Only Art of Two September 2011 (group now Fine Art Photography by Canon)
Awesome Wild Animal Kingdom Yearly Challenge – November Invites November 2011
The Best of Anything & Everything Two of a Kind or Pair June 2012
The World As We See It Or as we missed it It Takes Two November 2012

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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  • gingermegs
    gingermegsover 4 years ago

    Beautiful capture. Inst fav. So cute:)

  • Thank you. Just getting started in Red Bubble so am thrilled to be greeted so quickly and kindly. Look forward to getting to know your work too.

    – Owed to Nature

  • Michael Cummings
    Michael Cummingsover 4 years ago

    Beautiful capture

  • Thank you Michael. So are all of your pictures! Glad you branched out into photography so we could enjoy your special images.

    – Owed to Nature

  • joycee
    joyceeover 4 years ago

    Such a special capture. Just wonderful. Instant fave.

  • Thank you Joycee. Jealous you live in Perth. Visited there years ago. Loved Western Australia. That was in the days of film… guess I need to go back with my digital camera and lots of memory cards!

    – Owed to Nature

  • BigCatPhotos
    BigCatPhotosover 4 years ago

    Oh my goodness this is just such a wonderful image – superb.

  • That’s especially high praise coming from a Big Cat to such a little cat! ;-)
    I’m inspired by your passion and support for wild cats and WHF. Hope you get to see one of your cats in the wild too. Such a gift learning how wild creatures carve a living on Nature’s terms. Makes your respect and passion for them skyrocket.

    – Owed to Nature

  • Olitto
    Olittoover 4 years ago

    This is gold!

  • Thanks. Wish I could take complete credit for this shot. But it’s really those 2 little ones with their big expressions who should take the bow. I feel so fortunate when wild creatures like this let me share their world.

    – Owed to Nature

  • Mark Braham
    Mark Brahamover 4 years ago

    Exellent work throughout your photos well done.

  • Thank you Mark. As you say, with such wonderful work on this site, there’s much to learn from each other. Good to meet you and your work. You live in a beautiful part of the world so keep enjoying your hobby! I look forward to seeing more of it!

    – Owed to Nature

  • Damienne Bingham
    Damienne Binghamover 4 years ago

    What a gorgeous capture, this is just beautiful! Congrats on the challenge!

  • Thank you very much Damienne. I’m envious that you live in Australia and South Africa… no wonder you’ve got such inspiration in your work. The color and details of your macros are just beautiful.

    – Owed to Nature

  • Magaret Meintjes
    Magaret Meintjesover 4 years ago

    Stunning capture!


  • Thank you Magaret.

    – Owed to Nature

  • naturalnomad
    naturalnomadover 4 years ago

    Great work and congrats on the challenge!

  • Thank you. You have a great collection of work and wonderful variety from different lands. Gives me inspiration to get editing + loading and to travel more!

    – Owed to Nature

  • Magaret Meintjes
    Magaret Meintjesover 4 years ago

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