southwest corner of Kenya, at the border with Tanzania
My wife, our driver/guide, and I followed this spectacular lion pair through their mating ritual, beginning with self-selection within the pride, followed by days out and about in isolation. On our last morning, we found them on this ridge as the sun was rising into a lightly cloudy sky. The pair meandered along the ridge, pausing to mate, and repeated the cycle. From a respectful distance, we moved our Rover step-wise so as to stay ahead of them, then jumped to the ground to shoot images, and repeated the sequence with an eye on that sun. This image was among the last taken. Over days of observation, we were particularly struck by the remarkable and consistent tenderness expressed between these two peak carnivores—a glorious example of harmony in nature.