Male Lion Lying Under Tree
Lions, including male lions, are most active at night, when they do the majority of their hunting.
During the day they sleep most the time, usually under shady trees. This behavior is not great for lion photography,
particularly when there's heavy contrast between the sunlight and shade.
Male lion (Panthera leo
) resting in the shade under a tree,
Moremi Game Reserve, Botswana. © Scotch Macaskill
Camera: Canon EOS Elan film
camera fitted with Canon EF 80-200mm F/2.8L lens,
using slide film scanned on a Nikon Coolscan V scanner.
Location: Botswana's Moremi Game Reserve, which covers more than 4,000 km2, combines mopane
woodland and acacia forests, floodplains and lagoons. But it is the floodplains of the Okavango Delta,
one of the world’s largest inland water systems, that have made this reserve world-renowned.
Moremi is best visited in the dry season and game viewing is at its peak from July to October,
when seasonal pans dry up and the wildlife concentrates on the permanent water. It is then that the
wide variety of wildlife - elephants, buffalo, giraffe, lion, leopard, cheetah, wild dog, hyena,
jackal and a full range of antelope - is most accessible to visitors.
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