I grew up in national parks in South Africa. My father was a game ranger then warden of a number of parks when I was a kid. This photo looks fake to me too.
Oh wow. Just wow. Lions are so magnificent, deadly, but magnificent. And here this one is sleeping so peacefully. Making this my wallpaper! Thank you for sharing!
Hey Ande, I am a passionate lion lover and when I saw this picture, I was overjoyed. I want you to know that I REALLY appreciate this photo as well as you. I think that we should maybe meet up seeing that we both love lions. Coffee sometime?
Absolutely beautiful! A real treat that you were able to get so close to something so magnificent! My dog, Maggie, is of similar coloring so I really just want to go snuggle with him. ;)
I created an account just so I could comment here. My super-awesome cousin took this photo! I'm proud of you, Ande!!!
I'm sorry but this picture does not look natural. That lion looks like it's dead; what lion just lays, ASLEEP, on its side in the middle of a field w/o it's pride to protect it? Or was the picture photo-shopped? Not impressed.
@Daniele Grasser I took it. It's definitely not dead. I tripped right after taking this photo and it leaped up and looked me right. It was in a lion game park in South Africa, so yeah, it was just lying there in the field. And no, it wasn't Photoshopped. Sorry you weren't impressed!
@Daniele Grasser sorry, clicked on like, to agree with what you said, but it came up as unlike,
I just want to thank National Geographic for this site. I am a teacher and we look at these pictures all the time. These amazing shots generate fabulous conversation in my classroom and bring the outside world into our little classroom in Utah.
Thanks to all the people who comment as well. We read your comments (after I have read over them before hand) to see what other people are thinking as well. My kids love that they see some of the same people commenting each day. Anyway, thanks!
would make a great poster for a spa or a hotel room. It's contagious. It's catching. It makes me feel zzzzzzngork!!!
The colour is accurate. That is a rare White lion. Please not that it is not a case of albinism but his colour is due to a unique recessive gene, which at one point in time was only endemic to one place in the globe; The Timbavati Region.
@Kurt Bugeja dear kurt, thanks for your explanation,and i trust that it is accurate... since i was torn in my ignorance between finding the picture an amazingly unique & peaceful composition but yet very unsettling . receiving an impression that the lion "king of the wild" in this compostion resembled a fire rug or even worse yet a photo shopped fire rug.
I know it may sound absurd, however lions as most cats do like to sleep. Some have been known to sleep for up to 21 hours a day. The only way in which wild lions keep themselves fit, especially the rogue ones, is by hunting. As you may be aware their hunting also involves hunting animals such as the Wildebeest, which are much more larger than themselves. Practically the lions will be giving it all they've got in order to run after the pray, jump on it, bring it down and kill it slowly. And that requires lots of energy.
With regards of the photo, it is not the typical glorified King of the Jungle photo, however it illustrates a magnificent beast (shiny white almost "angelic") resting with the background landscape (gray skies, dull colours) complementing the air of peace that is around.
He looks so pale. Is that color accurate I wonder? I like the contrast between him and the darkness of the rest of the pic.
@Rebecca Rose Yep, the color is accurate. No Photoshopping done (I took it). I had never seen a lion that color before either!
@Ande Truman @Rebecca Rose Seems like you might have talked about the color in the initial comments. It is very odd. Someone said it was a rare white lion, which is supposedly not related to albinism, but it looks like a plastic sculpture, too. I'll believe you if you say it's real, but even your "tripped" story sounds odd. How close were you? Did you have a vehicle to jump back into? Why didn't he eat you? Do you not taste good? We are all awaiting the answer to these important questions.
@Russell Campbell I'm a photographer, not a zoologist. I have no idea if he's rare, I just thought he was beautiful. I think you're the only one who's really concerned with the answers to these questions but I'll break this down.
I went to a Lion Park near Port Elizabeth called Seaview Lion Park, I believe. There are walkways in between the fields of lions separated by 3 electric wires and another fence with large square holes in front of that. I put my lens through the holes of the fence to take the picture. I am looking at my camera data and it was taken at a 24mm focal length, so obviously I was very close. To get this angle I needed to kneel down since so I could get a view of the sky is well. Because I was was protected by the fence and electrical wire, I didn't feel the need to lace up my running shoes in case it scaled the 10 foot fence and ate me. So I left my sneakers unlaced. I knelt down and took the photo. As I repositioned myself to get down even further, my foot slipped out of my unlaced shoe so I grabbed the fence so I wouldn't fall. The noise scared him and be jumped up. He wasn't threatened, just startled. They're fed on a regular basis at the camp so they're pretty docile anyway.
Is that enough?
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