NIKON D4 with Nikkor 200-400mm f/4. ISO 200, f/5.6, 1/2009s.
My wife and I, along with our driver/guide, followed this spectacular lion pair through their mating ritual, beginning with their self-selection within the pride, followed by days out and about in isolation. On our last morning, we found them on a ridge as the sun was beginning to rise within a lightly cloudy sky. Over days of observation, we were particularly struck by the remarkable and consistent tenderness expressed between these two peak carnivores