Shelter from the rain

Ashleigh McCord's Image

During a visit to the Maasai Mara, Kenya, Ashleigh captured this tender moment between a pair of male lions.

At first, she had been taking pictures of only one of the lions, and the rain was just a light sprinkle, although the second had briefly approached and greeted his companion before choosing to walk away. But as the rain turned into a heavy downpour, the second male returned and sat, positioning his body as if to shelter the other. Shortly after they rubbed faces and continued to sit nuzzling for some time. Ashleigh stayed watching them until the rain was falling so hard that they were barely visible.


Behind the lens

Ashleigh McCord

USA

Image details

  • Nikon D500
  • 300mm f2.8 lens
  • 1/200 sec at f2.8
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