Today, 10 August 2014, is World Lion Day, and I’m posting this photo of a rather threadbare old lion. He might look world-weary lying here in the Mara oat grass, but he still conveys a sense of the powerful creature he once was. Of course in these days when humanity and wildlife increasingly compete for territory, it is wishful thinking to hope that all lions might live out their natural life span in the wilderness they have left to them.
DP weekly photo challenge: texture
18 thoughts on “living textures: ageing with dignity”
Thank you for honouring this wonderful creature….so majestic, no matter how old and threadbare. Janet:)
I thought he deserved his own post.
Thanks for sharing Tish and have a pleasant day my friend
You too, Noel.
I wish he could tell us his stories. The picture nearly looks like a painting.
Yes, he looks like a lion with some tales to tell.
It is so sad that humans seek to destroy such majestic animals. He is beautiful, if a little frayed at the edges.
At least the old boy won’t be shot as a trophy should he happen to wander over the border and out of Kenya to where such things happen.
That is a little comfort in this harsh world.
Wasn’t even aware we observed a World Lion Day on Aug 10 so not only was your photo a great interpretation of this week’s photo challenge, it also provided some interesting info too. Thanks for sharing 🙂
You are most welcome, Gale.
I must be honest ,I wasn’t going to comment, ( no reflection you, Tish) I get upset about World this and that day as it invariably means there’s a problem. I am grateful there is no World Ark Day… yet!
Nice post, as always.
Thanks, Ark, for commenting. I understand your reservations entirely. He’s such a good old boy though isn’t he. Most wildlife shots are of gorgeous topcats, not ones that have rather lost their looks. Comes to all of us I suppose…
In respects to looks: mine seem to improve in direct proportion to my failing eyesight.
I expect that one day I will look ‘Absolutely Fabulous’
I have just ‘discovered’ the TV show Vicious, thanks to my old guitar tutor.
Funniest thing since grandad fell off the bus.
Will look out for Vicious. Need a laugh.
It is with Derick Jacobi and Ian McKeller.
I can only find clips on Youtube.
He certainly deserved his own post! He looks like he just wants to rest there in the tall grass surrounded by wild flowers…