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“Soulmaten” by Marina Cano

pair of Boreal lynx captured in Cabarceno Wildlife Park in Cantabria, northern Spain wildlife photography

“Soulmaten” by Marina Cano


-She is here again, darling
-Really? She also came yesterday
-Yes and the day before… we have to invite her for a drink one day!

That’s how I imagine this couple speaks about me. I know I have spent more time there than any other person in the world. I shoot in the area because it’s twenty minutes away from my house; it’s a wildlife park, the largest in Europe, where animals live in semi-free conditions.

This is a couple of Boreal lynx (also known as the Eurasian lynx or the “Lynx lynx” in Latin) from Cabarceno Wildlife Park in Cantabria, Northern Spain. We are almost family. I “was there” the last ten years, and I saw them as they became adults, had babies and now matured. You can appreciate which one is the female—she has rounder eyes and a special, pretty face. I noticed that lately they don’t spend so much time up on the hill where they’d become accustomed to climbing. It might be because they are not that young anymore.

One thing I always say that’s obvious, it’s “to be there,” in the place where we want to take pictures, where the action is, at the best moment of light. Sometimes the light sucks, nothing close to what we had imagined. Or nothing happens, for hours, or for the whole day. But there is something inside us, like a little fire, that will make you go back the next day, and the following… and then one day it comes all together; the light, the action, the composition, the weather!

So here it’s one of the precious times when they are up there together, and it is this moment when they are so close to each other that makes this picture special with their beautiful and different faces. And the most important thing: I was there. – Marina Cano

This image is available as a print here. Cano leads workshops to the Cabárceno Natural Park area, including a trip planned for the 6th-8th of June. More information on that can be found on her website here. Follow her on Facebook, Twitter, 1x and 500px.

Equipment and settings: Canon EOS 1D Mark IV, EF 300mm f/2.8L IS II USM lens with the Canon 1.4x teleconverter for a focal length of 420mm – 1/640th @ f/4.0 – ISO 320