Anup Shah

Camera: Canon Eos 5DS

Lens: 14mm

Aperture: f/2.8

Shutter speed: 1/500

ISO: 400

Description: Two male lions walking side by side, Maasai Mara National Reserve, November 2021

Story from behind the lens: Dawn, Maasai Mara, Kenya. November 2021. The sun breaks free of the horizon. There is a hint of a faint breeze. Otherwise, a pure stillness reigns. Then, a taut impala stares fixedly. Two moving objects, it spies. The lion on the right is distinctly older than its youthful companion. The old guy is one of the Four Musketeers that ruled Mara long time ago. Ruthlessly. And now, Morani has re-appeared out of nowhere. Reminds me of a lyric from a Beatles song, “He’s a real nowhere man, sitting in his nowhere land, making all his plans for nobody”.