Any safari to Africa without close encounters with cats is disappointing for pretty much everyone. Wildlife photographers can't get enough shots of these amazing animals. Lion, cheetahs, and leopards are commonly seen in many of the game reserves, but smaller cats are sighted infrequently. This is a caracal. It is easily identified by the long ear tufts similar to the American lynx. I photographed this cat minutes before the sunset, and I was rewarded with amazing light on the face. The last rays of golden light illuminated the eyes beautifully. My settings were 1/800, f/5.6, and 1000 ISO. More and more, I'm using shutter speeds faster than I normally would to ensure tack sharp images.