February 11, 2014

Masai Moment

Photograph by Bjorn Persson, National Geographic Your Shot

Your Shot contributor Bjorn Persson counts this picture of a baby baboon in Kenya's Masai Mara National Reserve as a personal favorite. "It was one of those rare moments where everything just clicked," including light, eye contact, and perspective, Persson says.

"We were out on safari one late evening, and suddenly we were surrounded by what felt like hundreds of baboons. They were all around us, acting very curious, and after a few minutes I discovered this little newborn looking out from its mother's safe bosom. For a long time we made eye contact, and after a while I realized that it wasn't me studying him, it was him studying me."

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25 comments
Cyril Ekeha
Cyril Ekeha

A sting in that gaze;apprehension,uncertainties at the gates of life.

Janice H.
Janice H.

Love those eyes.         Such a sweet and perfect shot of mother and child.      Ah nature!

Joy Saldanha
Joy Saldanha

There is not a baby animal that is'nt cute. This lil' one is much more so, with its direct gaze into human eyes. What a wonderful picture, and one cannot help but love the subject . Who most likely saw the first human in his life, and gave him a curious, 'eyes wide open' look. j.e.s.    

Sandra Hickman
Sandra Hickman

Very cute and just simply feeling safe with his moms protection.

Mallika Shah
Mallika Shah

Do you see a sadness in the baby's eyes?

Lawrence Sibley
Lawrence Sibley

"Baby baboon".  The four 'b' consonants give those two words an appealing sound.


The shadow around the illuminated little face draws one's attention to the dark, glistening pools of those inquiring eyes. 

Tina Marie S.
Tina Marie S.

Quote: For a long time we made eye contact, and after a while I realized that it wasn't me studying him, it was him studying me." 

The eyes say so much and the grasping hand, fingers so much like our own, impart a gentle and intense awareness of the moment.

RAHI R.
RAHI R.

excellent snap............


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