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The Lion

The Lion
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Copyright: Serge BREARD (BREARD) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 106 W: 1 N: 419] (2141)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-07-22
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Nikon D800, 70-200mm f/2.8 VR
Exposure: f/8, 1/250 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): TN Classics, Parc Animalier de Cerza [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2011-10-19 6:57
Viewed: 3141
Points: 38
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [French]
Please! Do not disturb ...

The Lion of Africa.

The African lion (Panthera leo leo) is a subspecies of lion. Traditionally divided into ten different subspecies, African lions are now a unique subspecies. Genetic analysis have indeed reduced the number of subspecies of lion to two: the lion of Asia and the African lion. Panthera leo leo formerly designated the Lion of the Atlas, the former subspecies of lion living in North Africa, now invalid.
We recognize the African lion in the Asiatic lion (Panthera leo persica) by its more abundant mane and almost systematic lack of a pouch of skin (a gusset) extending under the belly to the back legs which is very common in the Asian Lion. The Lion of Africa generally has a thinner coat and a tuft of hair shorter at the end of the tail as the Lion of Asia.
The distribution of the lion in historical times, more restricted, however, was important. It covered large parts of Africa, but southern Europe and the Middle East and India. To ancient times, lions were still living in the Balkans, Southern Europe (Panthera leo europaea) and in Anatolia and the Middle East, and many authors who were contemporaries make their report (Herodotus Aristotle or the Bible, among others). It is assumed that in Europe, the lion has disappeared because of the man in the first century AD. AD.

The spread of the Lion of Africa is largely limited to sub-Saharan Africa. However, the extreme south of Africa no longer has lions since the 1860s, when the extinction of the former subspecies of the Cape lion (Panthera leo melanochaita). In North Africa, the former subspecies of the Atlas lion (Panthera leo leo) died in the 1920s.

The Lions have a great ability to adapt and many different habitats. The preferred habitat of the lion is the savanna, but it is also found in dry forests and semi-deserts. We do, however, never found in dense forests and humid or arid deserts. Therefore, the species naturally lacking in the Central African rainforest and driest deserts of North Africa and the Middle East.
Many threats to the African lion: overhunting, poaching. In Kenya, the Masai Mara National Park, lions are threatened by poaching together to protect the herds, dry spells and action of the insecticide Furadan which would have poisoned and killed at least 76 lions.

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hello Serge
very nice picture of the head of this lion
great details and nice naturel colours
thanks greeting lou

Ciao Serge, fantastic portrait of superb creature in nice sleeping pose, fine details and splendid sharpness, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

Hello Serge,
Nice portrait from a very close range. The razor sharp details, natural colors and perfect focus are great.
Interesting moment and portrait.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2011-10-19 8:47]

Salut Serge,un portrait vraiment super,etrange et de grande classe,quelle nettete et couleurs,et aussi l'expression du visage est vraiment originale.Mes compliments et belle soiree',Luciano

Hi Serge,
perfect portrait of this lion. Very good sharpness and details. Nice colours.
Thanks for sharing,

A classic pose and while not unique it is yours and you posted...I am so happy!

Original y efectivo recorte de la cara y parte de las melenas de este vijeo (supongo) león.
Los colores parecen muy fieles.

Como ves, yo estrené hace poco una nueva cámara , la Canon 7D, ya que el mes pasado me
robaron mi Canon 50D y mi querido Sigma 18-50mm. f:2.8.

Un abrazo: Josep Ignasi.

Hi Serge,

Excellent potrait of this lion with fine details & sharpness.
The expressions shows the aggresiveness of this lion. Very well taken from a nice POV.
Thanks for sharing.

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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2011-10-19 11:15]

Hi Serge,
Very nice photo of this African Lion, old male, TFS!

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2011-10-19 11:27]

Hello Serge.
Excellent portrait and well presented . Very good sharpness and colours. I like the tight cropping here - well done.Best regards Siggi

ciao Serge
have been able to grasp a very charming expression! nice first floor of the king of the savannah!

Hallo Serge,
portrait impressionnant de ce lion, bonne netteté e couleurs naturelles, j'aime cette composition serrée
Merci et félicitations
Bonne nuit
Ciao Maurizio

Salut Serge!
Un portrait impressionant avec une belle nettteté! Je voudrais bien savoir où tu as pris cette photo. En Afrique ou bien dans un zoo?Merci pour la partager!

Hello Serge
Beautiful photo with interesting composition, wonderful colours and good sharpness.

Hello Serge
Amazoning photo!The compozition,the colours and the sharpness are excellent.
Best regards

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2011-10-20 4:22]

Bonjour Serge,
Il n'a pas l'air commode, celui-ci!! Un excellent portrait de ce lion vieillissant ou du moins en a-t-il l'air..
Bien vu..on ne dérangera pas;-)

Hello Serge,
Great detail/clarity and colour. Wish I could have seen the complete mane. Well done.

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  • PeakXV Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 121 W: 0 N: 544] (3135)
  • [2011-10-20 19:40]

Hello Serge,

Great & timely capture of this lion either about sneeze, snarling or crunching a bone perhaps. Regardless it is a fine portrait closeup of an impressive beast in choice lighting & from a perfect POV!



  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2011-10-22 18:06]

Hello Serge,
This is definitely not the image you would like to wake up to while lying in your sleeping bag in a tent. I can't imagine living in a place where this intimidating fellow roams freely at will.
An impressive close up of the King of Beast, giving us his best smile, or is that snarl. Excellent detail, color and exposure. Well done!!

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  • vanda Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 338 W: 25 N: 754] (3673)
  • [2011-10-23 9:44]

Hi Serge!
Impressive close-up of lion! Really face to face :) The image is perfectly clear and details are superb. Nive, warm colours.
Very well done.
Bonne semaine.
Ciao! Vanda

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