Lions (Panthera leo – Shona: shumba; Ndebele: isilwane) are a favourite of the author, especially when they are at peace with their observers. This young carnivore had just awoken from its siesta and was beginning to groom itself, cleaning up after the previous nightís feast. Our presence evokes the occasional glance and then its dominance yawn, but no more. One may wonder how much longer this male will be part of the pride, for he seems old enough to migrate and eventually establish a female range of his own, perhaps with a sibling. The older dominant males will see to it that he does eventually, but like one male in the same pride, previously chased off, some slip back into the comfort of the pride. Then it gets ugly.
(Canon EOS 5D Mk III/EF100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM +1.4x ; 1/180 sec; f/8; ISO 1000; 420mm)
Picture ©2014 Andrew Field – Simply Wild Photography
The Austrian born photo journalist, Ernst Haas, who pioneered colour photography, is credited with bridging the gap between photojournalism and photography as a form of creative expression. He was one of the first photographers to exhibit at the Museum of Modern Art in New York as a single artist exhibitor. Haas’ book The Creation (1971) was a top seller in its day. The quotation below is attributed to him:
“There is only you and your camera. The limitations in your photography are in yourself, for what we see is what we are.“
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