Video: The Lion and the Photographer

Candice Gaukel Andrews August 30, 2012 8

Every photographer—amateur and professional—who’s been on a Natural Habitat Adventures trip is familiar with that catch-in-the-throat feeling when a wild animal comes within close range of your camera lens. And if you’re quiet and patient, often something magical happens: a whale breaches on your side of the Zodiac, or a polar bear stands up to investigate your Arctic tundra vehicle window.

One photographer recently had such a moment with a big cat in Africa. Watch the short National Geographic video below. Photographer Mattias Klum entertainingly describes his rare, natural encounter with a lioness—and the perfect shot that resulted.

Here’s to finding your true places and natural habitats,


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  1. jerey October 11, 2018 at 11:22 am - Reply


  2. Penny September 4, 2012 at 5:42 pm - Reply

    Well said Todd. How lucky for all of us that not only did we have the right photographer there but we also had the right lioness there to communicate and connect with him.

  3. Jon H. September 1, 2012 at 3:40 pm - Reply


  4. Jacqueline R. August 31, 2012 at 5:12 pm - Reply

    A must watch video! Thanks for sharing.

  5. Becky B. August 31, 2012 at 2:05 pm - Reply

    the energy between species is pretty amazing when it happens!

  6. Rahul Tripathi August 31, 2012 at 2:04 pm - Reply

    a very nice story behind a very nice photograph.
    “the attack/interest mode”…… ha ha ha…:)

  7. Todd August 31, 2012 at 2:03 pm - Reply

    What a remarkable experience. Even more so is that it was right guy in the right time and place who could not only capture it, but appreciate and communicate its impact on him, on the lioness and (hopefully) for us. Thanks for sharing this!

  8. Inge Van Ommen August 31, 2012 at 6:19 am - Reply

    Very nice story, I really like it. Beautiful pictures too!

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