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ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ..........................Sorry, well I did say I'm sleeping. Smile

Anyway, where was I. Oh yeah, I popped into town today and decided to take a stroll around the park, feed the birds, play on the swings and maybe speed down the slide. After playing in the park I went down to the duck pond to give them some bread.
As I removed the bag from my pocket a massive flock of ducks and swans came racing over, all of them flapping their wings. Interesting I was thinking, well you could have knocked me down with a feather when one of the swans spoke in a very regimented voice, he said "I say dear chap, I am Flight Lieutenant Flapper Swan of the PAFF and I wish to examine that bag food you have brought for us before any of us eat it".
I stuttered "PAFF?", he replied "Yes, the Park Air Feathered Force, Squadron Quill". "Oh" I said, thinking, well that was obvious, why didn't I get that in the first place.
I decided to keep the peace as the park was empty and as I was on my own and pretty much outnumbered, so I opened the bag. Bad move, feathers began to fly, apparently I had upset him by trying to feed them Warburtons, rather than Hovis. What a mistake to make. It was then I noticed a flock of geese which were airborne and beginning to get into attack formation, I decided this was a good time to basically legit, so I did, legit that is as more and more birds took to the air, some were dive bombing and others were dropping stones.
Finally I entered a different part of the park and the birds turned back, I could see them handing out the bread I had dropped, the cheek of it, it wasn't good enough before. Lets just say I wasn't going back to complain.
I carried on walking and finally found quite an enchanted area full of trees, rocks and flowers, it was beautiful. I started to relax as I wandered through this beautiful place. I rounded the corner and nearly jumped out of my skin. There he was a gorgeous Lion, not dissimilar to the one in my upload, well actually it was the one in my upload. I quickly grabbed this shot before once again legging it, I didn't get very far until I found I had actually ran around in a circle, I then bumped into his companion, I grabbed a shot of her then she ate me.
That's pretty much the end of the story, a little abrupt I know, but take my advice, be careful when visiting your local park.

The two uploads today are actually of the lions in London Zoo. I am not a huge fan of captive animals, but the way these beautiful creatures are mercilessly poached for their fur etc, at least we know two that will be safe and their offspring.

I hope you like them, thanks for looking and for any comments.

Brand:NIKON CORPORATION
Camera:Nikon D300 Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:70.0-300.0 mm f/4.5-5.6
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Date Taken:22 Jul 2011 - 11:19 AM
Focal Length:260mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/5.7
Aperture:f/7.1
Shutter Speed:1/200sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:100
Exposure Mode:Aperture-priority AE
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:No Flash
White Balance:As Shot
Title:I'm Sleeping
Username:Hop-A-Long Hop-A-Long
Uploaded:12 Dec 2012 - 5:39 PM
Tags:Cats, Female, Fur, Lions, Male, Pets / captive animals, Sleep, Wild
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LynneJoyce
LynneJoyce e2 Member 6LynneJoyce vcard United Kingdom98 Constructive Critique Points
12 Dec 2012 - 5:44 PM

Lovely candid shot of this magnificent creature. I have a friend in South Africa who says that captive lions are the lucky ones as the ones in the wild have short, harsh lives and are riddled with disease.

nonur
nonur e2 Member 5nonur vcard Turkey8 Constructive Critique Points
12 Dec 2012 - 6:00 PM

The old guy seems to be very happy among the foliage behind the flowers or berries. He's checking you out, perhaps.Wink

AnneWorner
AnneWorner e2 Member 6612 forum postsAnneWorner vcard United States42 Constructive Critique Points
12 Dec 2012 - 6:01 PM

I'm glad the birds were only dropping stones on you Andy Tongue

I agree about captive animals, but sometimes we have to do it to bring endangered species back. If we humans would just quit mucking with the environment, maybe so many species wouldn't be lost to us.

Anne

christinecilia
christinecilia e2 Member 2christinecilia vcard England
12 Dec 2012 - 6:12 PM

never had one speak to me. great shot nice detail. christineGrinGrinGrinGrinGrin

franken
franken e2 Member 123136 forum postsfranken vcard Wales4 Constructive Critique Points
12 Dec 2012 - 6:14 PM

Excellent candid.

ken

mrswoolybill
mrswoolybill Critique Team 7436 forum postsmrswoolybill vcard United Kingdom1024 Constructive Critique Points
12 Dec 2012 - 6:18 PM

It's happened, you've finally flipped. Tea withdrawal symptoms was it? Cold swan instead of cold turkey? Go and brew up a pot and lie down in a darkened room with it...
Nice shot. I don't like zoos either. But I do like the way cats of all sizes regard us with an undisguised air of superiority. He's already imagining you as burgers.
Moira

CarolG
CarolG e2 Member 7128 forum postsCarolG vcard Greece17 Constructive Critique Points
12 Dec 2012 - 6:24 PM

Two lovely images, Andy, and the tale to go with it is wonderful, as always GrinGrinGrinGrinGrin Carol

morpheus1955
morpheus1955 e2 Member 7morpheus1955 vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
12 Dec 2012 - 7:16 PM

Two brilliant shots, love the both

Hugh

WhiteRose1
WhiteRose1 e2 Member 41055 forum postsWhiteRose1 vcard England136 Constructive Critique Points
12 Dec 2012 - 7:37 PM

You've been reading too much Edgar Allen Poe, Andy Smile but a good somnolent posture on the lion.

Dave

NDODS
NDODS e2 Member 43250 forum postsNDODS vcard United Kingdom103 Constructive Critique Points
12 Dec 2012 - 8:40 PM


Quote: It's happened, you've finally flipped. Tea withdrawal symptoms was it? Cold swan instead of cold turkey? Go and brew up a pot and lie down in a darkened room with it...
Nice shot. I don't like zoos either. But I do like the way cats of all sizes regard us with an undisguised air of superiority. He's already imagining you as burgers.
Moira

Brilliant, so wonderfully captured.

Regards Nathan

taggart
taggart e2 Member 1042 forum poststaggart vcard United States12 Constructive Critique Points
12 Dec 2012 - 8:53 PM

In v 2 she has got your eye--- all three of them-- What is that crazy doing with one big eye and two squinty ones-- Like both images!

Brian65
Brian65 e2 Member 5Brian65 vcard United Kingdom
12 Dec 2012 - 9:10 PM

It might be sleeping, but it got its eyes on you Andy. Great shots.
Brian

sweetpea62
sweetpea62 e2 Member 4sweetpea62 vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
12 Dec 2012 - 9:50 PM

Great shots Andy still laughing at your story brilliantGrinGrin..Lin

EAS
EAS  5 Scotland13 Constructive Critique Points
12 Dec 2012 - 10:22 PM

Loved the story line. Goodness knows, you couldn't make it up! Tongue Two lovely images. I especially like V1 and the laid-back Lion look.

Ann

pluckyfilly
pluckyfilly e2 Member 8283 forum postspluckyfilly vcard United Kingdom33 Constructive Critique Points
13 Dec 2012 - 2:35 PM

very nicely done

Glostopcat
Glostopcat e2 Member 8234 forum postsGlostopcat vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
13 Dec 2012 - 6:46 PM

In the jungle, the mighty jungle
The lion sleeps tonight
In the jungle, the quiet jungle
The lion sleeps tonight

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I'd be lion if I said that i did not love this image and your narrative which brought a smile to my face, I'm not surprised this one has proved to be a roaring success with the epzers'GrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrin

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