Lions Mating

Lions Mating  5

Lions Mating 5

These photos were captured at about 6:30 AM local time in the golden light of morning at a game reserve near Mossel Bay, South Africa. Range was about 10 meters and there were no barriers between me and the lions.  After seeing Lions up close in their natural environment I have come to believe they are the most beautiful of all wild animals.

85 responses

  1. yourothermotherhere

    Big cats, little cats—the same way.

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    January 25, 2013 at 6:09 pm

  2. That’s his happy face lol!

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    January 25, 2013 at 7:11 pm

  3. Scroggers… ;)

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    January 25, 2013 at 8:06 pm

  4. Thank you.

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    January 25, 2013 at 10:42 pm

  5. They like it in the morning, do they?

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    January 26, 2013 at 1:06 am

  6. In the right place at the right time !!!!! to take very good shots of course,,,,, hahahaha
    Best regards

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    January 26, 2013 at 10:04 am

  7. Amazing photos. Did you feel endangered while taking them?

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    January 26, 2013 at 10:31 am

  8. Wow, what to catch this and great photos Ron :-)

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    January 26, 2013 at 11:39 am

  9. Wow! These are amazing Ron!
    Suzy :D

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    January 26, 2013 at 1:46 pm

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    Cheers!

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    January 26, 2013 at 4:46 pm

  11. Im from south africa! I have to agree with you. Noble elegant animals. full of strength and beauty

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    January 27, 2013 at 1:43 am

    • I hope to go back in a year or two. The trip was wonderful. Thank you.

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      January 27, 2013 at 7:07 am

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    January 27, 2013 at 5:59 am

  13. Fascinating captures!

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    January 28, 2013 at 1:39 am

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    January 28, 2013 at 1:58 am

  15. Have to admit I’m a bit envious you were so close to such majestic creatures. Did you travel with a tour group to South Africa or on your own?

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    January 28, 2013 at 5:45 am

    • South Africa was a roll my own trip. I can’t hack group travel. I do have a friend in Cape Town who helped me plan it and allowed some couch surfing.

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      January 29, 2013 at 4:56 pm

  16. I especially love this post (and the next one !) because lions are, after monkeys, my 2nd favorite animals (and I’m a Leo !!!). I’ve been close to a lion once, in a zoo, and it really scared me, so congratulations to you for photographing, in such a beautiful way, these amazing creatures !

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    January 28, 2013 at 8:21 am

  17. Very nice! Arent they amazing animals to get up close to. Gives you new perspective on their power and size……ummm, the animals, not the mating :D

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    January 29, 2013 at 2:04 pm

  18. Wow! Amazing series!

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    January 30, 2013 at 11:12 am

  19. Magnificent animals!!

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    February 1, 2013 at 12:49 pm

  20. Oh.My.Gosh breathtaking!!!

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    February 5, 2013 at 8:41 am

  21. What absolutely amazing pics of these magnificent creatures. Yes, Lions are truly kings of creation… do you know the story of Christian the lion?
    You can Google this great soul… or read about him in my blog Love of a lion…

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    February 6, 2013 at 5:15 pm

  22. Probably…

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    February 10, 2013 at 12:32 pm

  23. Ron……….that lead in shot of the male lion is one of the most majestic things I have ever seen! What a thrill it must have been to be able to be where you could get a shot like that! Thanks for sharing and thanks for visiting my blog again.

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    February 10, 2013 at 2:23 pm

    • I wasn’t far away, it was before 7 AM, my experience with shooting wildlife is very limited I had a cold and I am not a morning person. Having said that, I must have been extremely lucky.

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      February 10, 2013 at 2:25 pm

  24. I’ll have to post my video of goats mating–not quite as majestic! Great pics!

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    February 18, 2013 at 9:58 am

  25. “Be gentle.”

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    February 18, 2013 at 11:18 pm

  26. Thanks for coming by my blog today. Of course, of the three great blog posts listed in the notification of your “like”, I had to choose “Lions Mating.” I’m a romance writer, after all. The hero in my work-in-progress has amber, leonine eyes, so of course this was important research.

    What a thrill for you to have been able to capture this and thanks for all the technical details on the photography.

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    February 20, 2013 at 6:30 pm

  27. Wonderful Blog

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    February 28, 2013 at 12:16 pm

  28. These are amazing. Primal. Beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

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    September 25, 2013 at 12:02 pm

    • The staff at that place went nuts when they heard I got these shots.

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      September 25, 2013 at 12:05 pm

  29. Hi Ron, How long are you in Chicago for? Lets get some coffee or something. Talk shop!

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    October 19, 2013 at 8:06 am

  30. Love all of this. Thanks, Ron!

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    October 19, 2013 at 9:24 am

  31. Yes, I too am partial to all the big cats – wonderful perfections of nature.

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    October 19, 2013 at 11:05 am

  32. Were you anywhere near Kruger Park? I am going there in 2014…

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    October 19, 2013 at 1:56 pm

    • I was nowhere near Kruger Park, but hope to go there someday.

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      October 19, 2013 at 3:48 pm

  33. These are fantastic! What’s Africa like? I’ve always wanted to go–maybe one day.

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    October 19, 2013 at 2:34 pm

  34. i hear you about the renos…they drive me crazy too!!! nature at its finest…truly beautiful…but isn’t being so close a dangerous thing?

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    October 19, 2013 at 9:58 pm

  35. I agree with you there, having seen them in masai mara kenya they truly are noble creatures! I love the light which I’d noticed even before reading, it has a kind of magical quality abouit it that haloes the pictures . : ) thanx Trees

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    October 20, 2013 at 2:42 am

  36. Beautiful, simply beautiful Ron.

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    October 20, 2013 at 8:03 am

    • Thank you Malin, I had not seen much of you the last few days.

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      October 20, 2013 at 8:04 am

      • I wrote it in my blog in the beginning of october (To rest II), that I had to take a break. But, now I’m back. :)

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        October 20, 2013 at 8:06 am

        • I took a break from posting in July while I was in Europe. During that time I did a lot of photography and posted when I returned. Probably I was almost around the corner from you.

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          October 20, 2013 at 8:09 am

        • Yes, I remember that you took a break in July. :) And yes, just around the corner from me. :)

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          October 20, 2013 at 8:11 am

        • Check back in about 30 minutes for a new post!

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          October 20, 2013 at 8:13 am

        • Okey, I will. :)

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          October 20, 2013 at 8:14 am

  37. I can certainly see why you received so many responses to this post. 10 meters!!!!!!!! Are you crazy??????? You were in danger. Aside from that, I hear Africa, let alone South Africa is the most beautiful place on earth. I heard this from a man who delivered single engine airplanes all over the world. Also aside from that, I really love the photos. Unbelievable, really, that you caught them.Unbelievable!

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    October 20, 2013 at 5:39 pm

  38. wow!! wonderful

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    October 21, 2013 at 4:58 am

  39. Fantastic shots! Not only were you lucky to spot the mating lions, but you were also in the perfect position with gorgeous lighting. Just beautiful!

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    November 2, 2013 at 9:14 am

    • Thank you, the staff of the place went nuts over those.

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      November 2, 2013 at 9:40 am

  40. WoW, it’s the first shots I’ve ever seen of these creatures mating. Not even on National geographic have I seen it. I personally love Elephants more. Very sociable. you wouldn’t have been tensed up taking these pictures. lol.

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    March 11, 2014 at 10:48 pm

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