When you think of lions, you often imagine them in a dry and dusty landscape. Still, this majestic animal was pictured in a much more colorful scenery – a brilliant carpet of yellow flowers.
Predators almost smell the flowers as they roam the lively sea of Thorns Devils.
An amazing transformation takes place every year at the Mashatu Game Reserve, Botswana, located at the eastern extremes of the Kalahari Desert.
The reserve has an average of just 30 days of rain a year, which happens between December and February.
After the rain, the landscape undergoes spectacular changes, and within a few days, the dusty plains widen to develop into fields of flowers.
These stunning images were taken by photographer Janet Kleyn.
The 52-year-old resident manager and professional photographer at PhotoMashatu, has been fortunate enough to witness this phenomenon for the past 4 years.
“To see this is a first for many people, including experienced safari-goers,” she said.
“Seeing predators in such a strange and beautiful setting just blows them away.
“Photographers started quickly taking as many photos as possible to realize that this was a unique sight.
“I have been fortunate enough to witness four years of this activity, and it never ceases to amaze me.
“It is beautiful to be here and watch the bush coming alive, the animals enjoy themselves in the rain, and the rivers begin to flow.
“It is truly a sight to behold.
“Many animals enjoy exploring these plants, including impala, kudu, and baboons.
“Cheetahs and lions are attracted by the large concentration of games in the area and are also frequently seen.
“This is also the time of year when Kudu and wildebeest start calving and large herds of elephants return to the area to take advantage of the new vegetation.
“With all the richness of the game set in a stunning backdrop, it’s no surprise that Mashatu Green Season has become a ‘must do’ destination for photographers.”
Guests at the Mashatu Game Reserve can enjoy a guided game drives or safari adventures by bike, or even horseback rides.
They can also rent specially adapted photographic facilities for exclusive use and schedule photo sessions with Janet or other PhotoMashatu experts at Matebole Elephant Photographic Hide.