Photo By Heather Cudworth

“In February of 2019, I was in Kenya for a breathtaking photography safari,” explains Heather Cudworth. “On this particular day, which just happened to be my birthday, my group woke up before sunrise to start our day of sightseeing. After a bit of searching, we saw a momma leopard with two young cubs. We spent some time observing the majestic cats, but as the sun rose higher in the sky, we decided to venture off to look for more wildlife.

“Shortly after leaving the sight of the leopards, our guides received word that there was a cheetah sighting. We hastily made our way to the spot of another spotted cat. We soon saw a momma cheetah with three cubs. While this image of the mother cheetah captured her ‘chirping’ as she was communicating with her cubs, the look of a giant, cheesy smile on her face is the exact look I had on my face for the entire day. It was one of the most incredible moments of my life—to be in the presence of these beautiful animals and observe their behavior in their natural environment.”

Canon EOS 6D Mark II, Tamron SP 150-600mm F5-6.3 Di VC G2. Exposure: 1/3200 sec., ƒ/5.6, ISO 1600. 

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