Lion in wait by Owed to Nature

Lion (Panthera leo_) and Wildebeest (_Connochaetes taurinus), a classic interaction awaits in Tanzania’s Serengeti National Park

This shot was a gift from the Camera Gods. We were watching a lioness on the left side of the road watching a lone wildebeest when she spooked it so that the wildebeest took off across the road to the right. She made a lame attempt to chase then proceeded to creep across the road and crouch in serious stalking position. Such a great posture so I took a picture of her in her huntress stance. That’s when the Camera Gods struck…

Little did we know that as we were watching this “set up,” the lioness’s subadult son had positioned himself in the grasses to the right. He seriously spooked the wildebeest into making an abrupt about-face to recross the road. Literally, right into his mother’s hands. I had no idea of any of this at the moment I hit the shutter release. It was only later, reviewing my shots, that I saw what my eye missed as the camera’s mirror blocked my view for a split second… there on the right edge of the frame, the wildebeest re-enters the scene just as this image was exposed at 6:22:26 PM.

At 6:22:27 PM, I took my next shot…

Shot handheld using:
Canon EOS Digital Rebel (the original!)
Canon EF75-300mm f/4.0-5.6 IS USM lens
Focal length 300mm
Exposure 1/200 sec at f/5.6
ISO 400

’SDuring 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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  • Poete100
    Poete100over 4 years ago

    OMG You got photos out of this…yikes!!!

  • Yes, amazingly I did. But not by any stroke of talent on my part. I’m still amazed by some of the experiences I’ve been able to witness firsthand out there. I actually posted this series for entering into a challenge for one of the wildlife groups. So, now that I’ve got my entry in, no worries… I’ll get back to the “softer” side of Nature in my next posts. ;-)

    – Owed to Nature

  • wayne51
    wayne51about 4 years ago

    Awesome. Wayne

  • Thank you Wayne! This shot was pure luck. Or as I like to say, a gift from the Camera Gods. ;-)

    – Owed to Nature

  • Neville Jones
    Neville Jonesabout 4 years ago

    Extraordinary! Great pictures and your description fills in all the space before, between and after the images. Great work Sylvia! Thanks for sharing.


  • Thank you Neville. Great comments that I greatly appreciate. Thank you for sharing them! ;-)

    – Owed to Nature

  • Michael  Moss
    Michael Mossover 2 years ago

  • Thank you again Michael! …Sylvia

    – Owed to Nature

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