14th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Natural World
Eye to Eye in the Mara

While on Safari in Maasai Mara, we came into contact with a lone lion, and spent nearly an hour with him all to ourselves. I'll never forget the feeling when we locked eyes, a moment of wonder and pure bliss for me (although I was intimidated and quickly looked away as he was so near our vehicle) If you look closely, you can see the reflection of our land rover in his eyes.

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Date Taken: 12.2015
Date Uploaded: 11.2016
Photo Location: Rift Valley, Kenya
Copyright: © Jennifer Taber