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"Royal Repose"


oil on linen

Male lion - Maasai Mara, Kenya


Royal Repose

  • The cool glow of the morning light on this lion's mane cast beautiful pinks and purples and gave a sense of peace and tranquility.
    This beautiful male lion was resting in the early morning light after a night of unknown adventures on Kenya's Maasai Mara National Park.

    This handsome lion was named "Caesar" by researchers on the Masai Mara in Kenya.  He was in his prime when I photographed him and I can see why lions are called the "King of Beasts".

    The male lions chief role is defending territory and females from other males.  Size is thus an advantage and the mane gives the appearance of greater size. Confrontations between rival males are often settled before fighting takes place with the smaller male perceiving his disadvantage and retreating before coming to blows.  The mane also protects against the claws and teeth of an opponent should fighting occur.

    The framed original oil painting is AVAILABLE!

    Please inquire if you are interested in print options.

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