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Lion (Panthera leo) and Wildebeest (Connochaetes taurinus) clash in classic style in Tanzania’s Serengeti National Park.

This shot was taken at 6:22:27 PM and is the second in a series of shots. Please see Lion in wait for the introduction and full story of what happened at 6:22:26 PM…

I credit the Camera Gods for gifting me with these captures. But I also credit the instinct and experience of our guide, Israel Mwanga, who knew exactly where and how to position us for the best vantage point. Of course at the time, we couldn’t understand why he pulled us forward and turned the vehicle away from where we could watch the lioness on the left side of the road. But she soon spooked the wildebeest who ran off to the right and we figured, no matter, opportunity lost. But then Israel’s motivation became clear. The lioness’s son was hidden in grass to the right, cut off the wildebeest and frightened her into an about-face, running her directly into the waiting arms of his mother. And there we were, miraculously positioned with a front row seat.

Africa. Truly a land of natural wonders and magic.

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

Featured by the groups
Mozambique & All African Countries November 17 2010
Wild Cats In Their Environment July 20 2013


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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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  • Poete100
    Poete100over 3 years ago

    I don’t to see wild animals preying on others but this is an excellent capture!!! L

  • Yes, definitely Nature at its most raw. One of the hardest things to see. You never get used to it. But with each foray into remote reaches, I come to understand and appreciate all aspects of Nature. How everything is intertwined and dependent on each other. How in the rhythms of Nature, there is no good and bad just the challenges and rewards, the give and take of each moment. Somehow I find solace and inspiration in the honesty, authenticity and beauty of each creature having their place in the balance of things and time. How they’re guided by and true to instincts honed through generations and literally face their demons head on without question or pretense. What can say… definitely Nature on it’s terms and I don’t think I’ve ever seen it as plainly as I did here.
    Thanks Lorraine for looking and commenting, especially while keeping your hands over your eyes!
    –Sylvia

    – Owed to Nature

  • Poete100
    Poete100over 3 years ago

    LOL…it really bothers me…and thank you for understanding…My friend from work did visit your gallery and loved it…Lorraine

  • No worries whatsoever. I’ve learned from the best of critter that it’s all about respecting each other’s boundaries! Please pass along my thanks to your friend from work too. You know, I’m always thankful to you for your support! ;-)
    –Sylvia

    – Owed to Nature

  • jeanlphotos
    jeanlphotosover 3 years ago

    WOW~~~~~~~~What you got to witness…..Incredible..

  • Yes, this was and continues to be one of my most unforgettable and powerful moments. Exciting, horrifying, exhilarating, frightening, riveting… but most of all profoundly honest and universally humbling. I love Nature. Whether it’s action like this or the serene brilliance of a sunset… what gifts to witness!

    – Owed to Nature

  • Magaret Meintjes
    Magaret Meintjesover 3 years ago

  • Magaret – you are far too kind… but I’m thrilled, privileged and ever so grateful for your Features. Thank you so much for your recognition and support!
    –Sylvia

    – Owed to Nature

  • Michael  Moss
    Michael Mossalmost 2 years ago

  • Thank you Michael!

    – Owed to Nature

  • Magaret Meintjes
    Magaret Meintjes12 months ago


    Congratulations! Please view your feature and participate in comments
    here
    Thank You and WELL DONE!

  • Thank you so very much Maggie for your Feature, kindness and fave! ;-) …Sylvia

    – Owed to Nature

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