My last NC Zoo image this week, taken back in June of 2013.
I was headed to the Gorilla enclosure early one morning, to catch a shot of the young gorillas, but stopped for a quick look at the lions. To my surprise, this female was warming herself on the large rock. The sky was partly cloudy and only some sunlight was getting through to her.
I quickly snapped a few images, then slowly and quietly setup my tripod. Luckily, she remained on the rock and I was able to capture this image. This is one of my personal favorites and have a large print hanging in my house.