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Exceptional photograph of four rhinos grouping together in a open grassland in Africa.
Lying in the back of a seat less Land Rover and watching the fireflies dart about against the blue of the Masai Mara sky speckled with stars, I am filled with a sense of contentment from the passing day’s events. This feeling of peace is a moment that will be immortalized in my memory forever, making me even forget about the challenges I was facing…
The day began with a simple scene, with my driver and guide, John, spotting a lion lounging in a solitary tree, which stood proud over a field of tall grasslands. Yes, this year the grass in the Mara was so unusually tall that even lions climbed trees!
After hours of patiently waiting in the burning sun and dry air, running out of water and food, the male lion finally wakens from a deep slumber and jumps down heavily from the lone tree.
We recognize this lion as Semi, aka “Earless”, the adopted son of one of the famous “Notch boys”, a feared and respected cat gang of the Mara.
Although fairly young “Earless” is an extremely strong and fearless lion; and as a result of some bravely fought battles he is missing his left ear.
Marching through the thick grass “Earless” begins his call. While he stops in the shade of the tree to wait for the answer of his calls, sunlight surrounds him and I see my opportunity to capture this moment; this stature of the animal that says everything about him: fearless and majestic, as he stands proud and dominant in a world where he is king.
With the light fading faster by the minute his roar continues to rumble even louder across the Mara plains.
Eventually his stepfather who has answered his calls appears in the distance. The two lions greet each other extensively as if they haven’t seen each other for a long time. Then, they walk off side by side, clearly having a plan in mind.