By Danny Baggott @Dan_Baggie
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After following a large pride of lions for three days, photographer Charlie Lynam captured the incredible images of a mother and father seemingly positioned at the end of a colossal rainbow that managed to shine through a dark sky.
Charlie was camping in the Central Kalahari Game Reserve (CKGR) in Botswana, Africa for three days last December when capturing his breathtaking photograph.
He said: “For me, this was a very special moment as it is something you do not come across every day.
“The lions signify the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.
“Everything just came together perfectly – the lions, the rainbow, the black sky - and I got quite emotional watching it all unfold in front of me.”
Charlie knew he would eventually strike gold with his images if he followed the lions into the middle of nowhere.
“I really got to know the pride well,” he added.
“The big male lion in the pictures was definitely the boss. He was surrounded by a group of females and a small cub also. They were a very tight group.
“We were literally in the middle of nowhere. We stayed in the surrounding areas for a week and we did not see one other person.
“It was totally remote, which helped the pictures.”
The lions were calling around 5pm in the evening and so Charlie managed to piece together the story from there.
He said: “We got to the plains around five and stood 30-40 metres away from the couple.
“The sun was setting beautifully, but there was this huge storm coming in from the other side and so we watched on as the lions settled down in the pouring rain.
“And all of a sudden, the rainbow appeared overhead – and Africa showed us some secrets – it was a little sprinkle of African magic I think.
“All I kept thinking was - is this really happening?”