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Saturday’s Scene: A Close Encounter

Lion in South Africa's Sabi Sands Private Game Reserve

Patiently waiting for his next meal

When the safari vehicle pulled up close to a pond in South Africa’s Sabi Sands Private Game Reserve, safari guests from Ivory Lodge, including us, reflexively covered noses and mouths to protect against the putrid smell of a rotting elephant carcass; but it didn’t help much. The guide and tracker both calmly breathed in the obnoxious odor, while the rest of us tried not to gag.

Two male lions lounged near the dead elephant, alternating between gorging themselves and guarding their food source from the vultures that waited in the branches of nearby trees. The handsome lion in this photograph swished his tail to chase away a couple of persistent flies that buzzed near the majestic animal’s eyes. Would he pose for us much longer?

How many more minutes would we have to photograph a lion up close? When your safari vehicle pulls up to an animal sighting, there’s not a lot of time to change lenses. That’s where a camera like the Panasonic Lumix comes in handy. On this day, I appreciated the 18X zooming capability (current models zoom to 24X). Look at those eyes!

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