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a lioness gazing upward
November 9, 2015

Lion Below

A helicopter flying overhead captures the attention of a lioness as she walks through the tall grasses of Botswana’s Okavango Delta. Shooting from aboard the aircraft, Chris Schmid considered the experience a lucky one. “She was ... looking at me, and there’s nothing in Africa so intense as a lion looking right at you.”

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Photograph by Chris Schmid
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