When hippos come to surface, they let their breath out, sending a spray of water in the air. One evening in Mana Pools National Park, Zimbabwe, my agenda was to capture this phenomenon on camera. I positioned myself against the sun, waiting for a pod of hippos in the “Long Pool” to co-operate. Unfortunately, that evening the hippos were spread out making it very difficult to predict where one is going to surface. I noticed a mother hippo with a young calf. I concentrated on this duo, knowing that even if the mother goes under, she is bound to come up close to the calf. Fortunately my plan succeeded!