Stalked by a Lion: Wildlife Photography

Imagine the feelings that must overcome a person when a lioness prowls 15 feet away from them in the wild. Wildlife photographer Mattias Klum does an excellent job describing such a face-off in a short telling he recorded for National Geographic. Have a look at the following video to hear the story in the photographer’s own words:

 “To do what I do, you don’t have to be some tarzan jungle jim, you have to be the contrary. You have to be soft; hopefully intelligent. You have to read the environment and you have to be modest. Otherwise I would have been eaten a long time ago. “

His story begins with him sitting, patiently waiting by a stream for an animal to get a drink. He was surprised when a lioness came down the hillside toward the creek and unknowingly walked right up to Klum. In a split second, Klum had to decide to make himself known without appearing as a threat to the lioness. Having discovered Klum’s presence, the lion crouched to the ground and continued prowling closer to the photographer. What happened next is nothing short of a miracle.

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Face-Off with a Lion

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2 Comments

  1. John says:

    Only 2 photos?

  2. lyn says:

    Amazing! Great photos! Great Story! Great Survival Instincts!

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