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Aesop Revisited

This photo reminds me of the old fable where a poor man believes he is going to be eaten by a lion but instead realizes the lion is injured; he saves the lion by pulling out a thorn from his paw. Later, the lion returns the favor by not attacking when the man is captured and “fed to the lions”. They get married, have kids, and live happily ever after.

Or something like that.

This lion looks like she is suffering from a thorn in the paw. Her facial expression and her upturned paw combine to make me believe she is hurt. Fear Not, Oh Ye Hysterical PETA Members! In fact, I have captured her mid-yawn, and her paw is simply how she left it after licking it. I got the exact shot I was thinking of when I first saw her.

And for all you pedant’s out there who are going to give me a hard time because the lion in the fable was a male and my lion here is female, well, all I have to say is, “Lassie!” Yeah, that’s right. LASSIE!

400mm, 1/500, f/5.6, ISO500

Until next time,



First time I brought a guest to the zoo, she sat along the window pane to the orangutan enclosure and one of the females came right up and sat down opposite her. Within minutes they were both slowly pawing at the glass and leaning their heads toward each other. It was an incredible moment and one which was only recorded on a HI-8 camcorder – no photos.

Lesson learned – I always consider bringing a camera with me now whenever I leave the house. It’s a routine, and it gets occasional groans from my family. Oh well – part of the price I pay for this “hobby”.

Deets – I found this guy outside the enclosure just hanging around in the hammock. There were no openings from which to take shots. So I looked for the cleanest part of the window, pressed the lens up against the viewing glass, and fired away. I love looking into his eyes. 400mm, 1/125, f5.6, ISO800.

Arctic Wolf

I love wolves, probably because I love dogs. I’ve always had them, ever since I was little (dogs, that is!). All kinds, too.

This one reminds me of a Samoyed I once owned. Probably the happiest dog I’ve ever owned. Seriously, he could make the entire Disney empire look depressed and in need of meds. While this guy isn’t quite that happy, he does resemble my dog.

I was surprised to find the wolves active; they’re usually very sedate whenever I visit the zoo. It was a hot July day and the wolves were moving briskly through the enclosure. I caught this one pausing and snapped away.

Photo Deets: Heavily cropped, I also thought about Ps’ing away the grass stain and dirt from around his eyes, but in the end decided against it. I may have to revisit that decision though, as that dirt blob is really bugging me. I was also able to get my lens close enough to the wire barricade that the lens couldn’t focus on it, effectively turning it invisible in the shot. 400mm, 1/640, f/8, ISO100, on a monopod.