Janis Hurley

Camera: Nikon d850

Lens: Nikon 400mm f2.8

Aperture: f2.8

Shutter speed: 1/1250

ISO: 1250

Description: Backlit Cheetah Cub at Sunrise

Story from behind the lens: We came upon Mama Cheetah and her two little cubs early morning in darkness. We observed them playing and darting in and out of the woods. I was constantly adjusting for the light as the morning brightened... and as the sun rose behind the forest, the rays twinkled on the leaves and grasses. Just then this little one came out and posed, and the magical fairyland was complete. I love the calm feeling of serenity in this backlit image.