Janis Hurley

Camera: Nikon d850

Lens: Nikon 400mm f2.8

Aperture: 2.8

Shutter speed: 1/1000

ISO: 100

Description: Female Lion approaching a male lion who was napping in the grass

Story from behind the lens: On this morning, we had seen this male lion for quite a while and he lay down in the grass to sleep. Nearby we watched and photographed some females who were feeding on a buffalo carcass. After a time, this female made her way over to the sleeping lion. It was just after sunrise with a beautiful glow. As she approached, he must have sensed it and he stirred. He lifted his head and leaned back into her as she circled around him. It was a brief and affectionate encounter and I was so happy to have captured it!