We stared at each other for what felt like a long time but I'm sure was just 20 seconds. What really struck me were its piercing, yellow-green eyes. At first I tried to make myself big by kind of throwing my arms in the air. But the lion just put its head down, hunched its shoulders, and started walking toward me. It kept its eyes on me the whole time, and I thought, I've got to shoot this. Once it came within 15 yards, I felt my face get hot. I knew I'd better hit it the first time or else I'd be a goner.