WILD & FREE

Honey (named after the colour of her eyes) and her three cubs were very obliging to rest on this ridge whilst they scanned the plains for breakfast. Taken in the Masai Mara early one morning about half an hour after sunrise, this is one of my favourite images and I find myself always coming back to it.

(Masai Mara – Kenya)

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africa, big, cats, cheetah, cubs, fast, feline, game, hunt, hunting, kenya, mara, masai, mother, nature, predator, sabfav, safari, speed, spots, travel, wild, wildlife

Comments

  • aneta
    anetaalmost 7 years ago

    Beautiful! great composition. well done

  • hospitalera
    hospitaleraalmost 7 years ago

    the four are looking like they sit for a painting ;-) SY

  • helene
    helenealmost 7 years ago

    Lovely shot

  • Kim Roper
    Kim Roperalmost 7 years ago

    This is so beautiful, love the exact same alert expression on each of their faces, beautifully captured and composed!

  • Lance Leopold
    Lance Leopoldalmost 7 years ago

    Too cute!!!

  • Sharon Bishop
    Sharon Bishopalmost 7 years ago

    Gosh Steve, how lucky can you be to be able to see this kind of scene. I love the Masai Mara – the Okavango Delta and Cornwall (!) these are the best places in the world for me.
    Absolutely gorgeous pic.

  • Coralie Plozza
    Coralie Plozzaalmost 7 years ago

    Family aint it grand …. beautiful shot

  • bsilvia
    bsilviaalmost 7 years ago

    great!

  • NewYorker
    NewYorkeralmost 7 years ago

    You are such a skilled photographer…beautiful image

  • candid
    candidalmost 7 years ago

    beautiful capture. they seem as though they were very camera happy!

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