A male lion resting on a rock, staring off in the distance. What does he dream of? And look at those beautiful paws!
“An optimist is someone who gets treed by a lion, but enjoys the scenery”
– Walter Winchell
Today in the Netherlands it is Kingsday. Dutch people all over the world celebrate King Willem-Alexander’s 50th birthday.
The lion is called the ‘king of the jungle’. A bit of a strange label, since lions live on the African savanna and not in the jungle. But I can imagine what makes the lion king-like: his mane circles his head like a crown, and his pose is absolutely majestic.
That’s not to say that a lion is never afraid or threatened. Just before this photograph was taken, two lions – locally known as Ginger (the albino) and Garlic – were resting in a very relaxed manner. Then two elephants approached.
The lions were immediately alert, and moved away when the elephants came closer. Like any earthly king, the lion is not almighty…
Today is headache-day. So I’m spending my time with my eyes closed, trying not to move. I just wish I could enjoy it as much as this lion seems to do…
Photo taken in South Luangwa National Park, Zambia