20th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Natural World
Soul Stare

The tigers who gave us such spectacular sightings had moved to the other zone, thus the evening safari at the Agarzari zone of the Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve began with very little hope. However, as we all know, in the wilderness, expect the unexpected, nature had a surprise in store for us. After eating a substantial meal, we observed this lovely family of a tigress and her cubs relaxing calmly. When viewed through a crazy lens, the mother-child relationship can be heartwarming. The cub's direct gaze back at us felt so unbelievable in that very moment which gave a tickle. When we saw it in front of our eyes, it was as if the cub was asking, "Don't you see how universal the love language is?" Mothers' love is apparent, and the cub's innocence communicates a thousand words that can't be put into words.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 09.2022
Date Uploaded: 11.2022
Photo Location: Tadoba, India
Camera: NIKON Z 6_2
Copyright: © Narayanan Iyer