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Hunting lion

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It's labor
Especially the more dangerous ones.

Stopping and getting ready
Animals taking off

Stalking again

Sweat runs
Flies and midges challenge
Stay calm and collected
Stinging nettles
Eyes stinging from perspiration
Crouching on all fours
Looking up
Neck muscles hurting
Thorns and rocks under your knee
A branch hurting your face
Blood-sucking fly
Sitting on your back
And the burning sensation to swat
In a place you cannot reach

Camera ploughing in the dust and sand
Scratching against a rock
Dust covering the lens
And accidentally
You touch the lens
With your dirty hands

The moment of truth

Guide close behind you
Nerves tensed
Eyes meeting

You want comfort to get closer

Is dusted in the space
Between you and the armed guide
"It's too close
The lioness has young
She is very aggressive"
Carries across more in lip reading
Than sound

Adrenalin blinds the periphery
Blood pumping
Noise rushing in your ears
You take aim
Limit your vision through a narrow lens
As if putting all your faith in God or man

The zoom exaggerates her proximity

The lioness growls
You see a snarl
Eyes flashing hatred
Camera clicks
A heavy armor plate on your chest
Keeps you breathing
Pumping tight against the inside of your ribs

Echoes in your mind
And you feel the slight tremble in your muscles
Engulfs your immediate awareness
You start to crawl backward

For the first time
You wonder if you soiled your pants ...

Note: Thanks to Tara who helped me groom this.
I hope you enjoy sharing the excitement of the "hunt".
April 8, 2009
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Apr 8, 2009 1:26:22 pm
Oh Piet - i cannot believe this - a man of many, many talents!!!! Fantastic writing... you had me on the edge of my seat.. I smell the dust and feel the flies... the sweat burning... Wow - incredible! :)

by Meisiekind Homepage »

Apr 8, 2009 1:26:36 pm
wonderful lion!!!!

by flora-crassella Homepage »

Apr 8, 2009 1:28:28 pm
Stunning capture and Poem Oom Piet.

by kgb224 Online Now!   Homepage »

Apr 8, 2009 1:29:22 pm
I don't love hunting, but your words were amazing... especially the final phrase! ;)

by emmecielle Homepage »

Apr 8, 2009 1:35:03 pm
You already know everything I think about this poem ... absolutely fabulous writing! :) Intense, exciting, thrilling, riveting ... spectacular work!

by auntietk Homepage »

Apr 8, 2009 1:37:34 pm
Fantastic words! I do not like hunting but I like your poem!

by starone_angel Homepage »

Apr 8, 2009 1:37:59 pm
Fanstastic photo

by jeroni Homepage »

Apr 8, 2009 1:39:30 pm
OK, Piet. This is very, very good. Tara steared you right. I know I've heard you mention lions before and wondered what getting into and out of their space would feel like. Now, you've given me an adrenaline pumping opportunity to see and feel for myself. And, then you've given me a chance to relax along with you and laugh at the end as you consider what involuntary event may have happened to you enroute. A-1 my friend.

by bmac62 Homepage »

Apr 8, 2009 1:47:34 pm
stunning words!!!

by Ac-Dc Homepage »

Apr 8, 2009 1:48:40 pm
Excellent capture and words, Piet!!!

by carlx Homepage »

Apr 8, 2009 1:48:59 pm
Cool shot here Piet and love the info to go along with it :)

by magnus073 Online Now!   Homepage »

Apr 8, 2009 2:04:27 pm
Wonderful shot and awesome poem , loved it!

by moonbunnie Online Now!   Homepage »

Apr 8, 2009 2:22:30 pm
excellent image piat well done

by kelvinhughes Homepage »

Apr 8, 2009 2:59:22 pm
Piet, better than Wilbur Smith's lengthy descriptions of the hunt.

by drace68 Homepage »

Apr 8, 2009 3:19:04 pm

by timtripp Homepage »

Apr 8, 2009 3:23:18 pm
Wonderful story and scene. Excellent work.

by bpclarke Homepage »

Apr 8, 2009 3:44:32 pm
But in the end you know it was all worth it. It's not just the image capture, but the adventure that went with it. Great description.

by Digital_Mischief Homepage »

Apr 8, 2009 4:51:12 pm
Wonderful poem and capture Piet! :)

by annie5 Homepage »

Apr 8, 2009 5:37:38 pm
I know I would Piet, excellent story and photo.

by 1010 Homepage »

Apr 8, 2009 6:11:23 pm
great shot and excellent info piet...

by Minda Homepage »

Apr 8, 2009 6:50:56 pm
Piet, you're back! It's been so long since you posted anything that I thought you were a myth!
That's quite a perilous, breath-taking, and bone-chilling narrative you've presented us with here.
Really great prose and a neat shot of the uptight lioness.

by goodoleboy Homepage »

Apr 8, 2009 6:59:24 pm
Excellent work Piet! Keeps you on the edge of your seat, really feels like you are there! Bravo!

by ShadowsNTime Homepage »

Apr 8, 2009 7:13:17 pm
Excellent story and image!!!

by morghana Homepage »

Apr 8, 2009 7:17:11 pm
wonderful looking and cool story too

by jocko500 Homepage »

Apr 8, 2009 9:06:39 pm
Is there anything you can't do, Piet? You drink in a tree trunk pub, roam the bush to capture Africa's natural glories, and now write the perfect description of stalking that marvelous lion for the camera shot of a lifetime!

by Buffalo1 Homepage »


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