On a warm sunny African afternoon in Ngorongoro Crater, most of the animals have had their morning feed and are ready for a nice rest in the shade.
Being the kings and queens of all the animals, the lions certainly have no problem lying flat out in the open for a big sleep without a concern in the world.
But that doesn’t stop the inquisitive lion cubs from checking out the safari vehicle as we slowly approach them.
While she’d rather be asleep, mom lifts her head once in awhile to keep an eye out while one of the cubs peers out from behind her.
I made the above photos with my Canon 6D and the 70-200 f/2.8 lens, which gives a great focal range for wildlife photography. But when the cubs came out from behind the protection of the adults I switched to the Canon 7D with the 400mm lens for a nice close-up.
A perfect pose that lasted only a moment!
Steve Kent says
Beautiful shots, what lens/body were you using?
Tz is such a special place, I’m jealous
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Sherri Stone says
I love these Anne! I have a soft spot for cats of all sizes, lol. The perfect pose was indeed perfect!
Rachel Cohen says
Wonderful images Anne! 🙂
So beautiful! I take pictures of our lions and cubs at our local zoo (Portland OR) through glass. What an amazing opportunity to see these lions in the wild. Thank you for sharing.
Michael Russell says
Great photos Anne! With that first shot being 200mm on a full frame – you guys must have been pretty close!
Mary @ Green Global Travel says
Lovely photos. I like that all the tones in the pictures are variations of light brown. It’s striking!
Barbara Hayton says
Beautiful, sharp images with great composition and exposure. I’ll be there in April and can’t wait. I hope I get some images as good as yours.
Very nice Anne. Perfect Pose sure gives meaning to “be there and be ready”.
Jer in Dallas says
These are some of the finest shots of the big cats I seen in some time. However, one must also remember, these are not “pets”.