19th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Natural World
Family Feast

A mountain lion cub watches over his mom in the light snow while she feasts on an elk carcass. I took this photo from a blind in the subzero temperatures of a Wyoming winter. The night was entirely silent except for the sound of wind and snow. When the motion-detected lights turned on, I couldn't believe what I was seeing. A mother lion, her head gently dipped to the cached carcass, while a young cub stalked out of the shadows. He carefully regarded a herd of deer passing under the blind and down the canyon. The cats were so still, the lights turned back off and they melted back into the darkness.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 01.2021
Date Uploaded: 11.2021
Photo Location: Jackson, Wyoming, United States of America
Camera: NIKON D850
Copyright: © Savannah Rose Burgess