By Danny Baggott @Dan_Baggie

A COUPLE of lazy lions take a break to relax underneath a beautiful rainbow

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The mother and father of the pride relax in the sun as the storm approaches

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.

The lions seemingly lie together beneath the edge of the rainbow

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.

Photographer Charlie Lynam captured the beautiful images in December last year

“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 had been following the same pride of lions for three days

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.

According to Charlie, the largest male figure in the pride was definitely the boss

“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.

Charlie said everything came together perfectly and Africa showed us some of its magic

“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.

The team got as close as 15 meters away from the lions

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.

The images were taken in the Central Kalahari Game Reserve in Botswana, Africa

“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?”