129: King of the Jungle

To me, there is something a little sad about zoos.  I know the majority of us might not otherwise be able to see most of the animals that we can visit in zoos, but still, I find it sad.  That’s especially true when I see the big cats, such as the lion above.

On the other hand, he’s probably living a more comfortable life than a lion in the wild.  Maybe he’s even enjoying it, being able to lounge around and have someone else bring him food.  Oh wait!  That’s often the case with male lions anyhow.  The females do the hunting.  To be fair to the males, they do spend a lot of time and muscle patrolling and protecting their territory.

Did you know that in the 1940’s there were as many as 450,000 lions in the wild?  It may be as few as 20,000 now.  If you’re interested, National Geographic has a Cause an Uproar program to help big cats such as the lion.  They also have a movie, The Last Lions, coming out in February 2011.

Today’s CD

Tori Amos, Boys for Pele.

I’ve been a big fan of Tori Amos for, well, I don’t know.  Since the early 90’s, I suppose.  The person that introduced me to Tori Amos’ music calls her “the goddess of the piano.”

Boys for Pele is not about Pele the soccer player, but about Pele the Hawaiian volcano goddess with the boys being the sacrifices thrown into her fiery pit to assuage her rage.  I was going to write that if you’re not familiar with the music of Tori Amos, you might not want to start with Boys for Pele; however, I’m not sure it matters where you start.  Some of her music can be pretty intense (“Me and a Gun,” a personal story of sexual assault, from her album Little Earthquakes comes immediately to mind) and some can sound almost whimsical in comparison to the heavy stuff while still covering serious or emotional subjects.

Click here to listen to “Winter.”  I picked this song for the obvious reason (it’s winter!).  Or check out Caught a Lite Sneeze (which is from the album Boys for Pele).

More Snow

We had more snow overnight and this morning.  I’m not sure what the total is for the season.  We have about a foot of snow on the deck right now.  There would be more if we hadn’t had a couple of thaws.

(Today’s view of the pond from the cattails.)

It’s still a dark, bluish-gray.  We haven’t seen the sun since last Saturday.  Hopefully we’ll get at least a glimpse of it tomorrow.  I’m told the possibility exists.

(In the woods, by the creek.)

Four deer ran through the outside meadow.  I also saw a red-tailed hawk and a couple of small woodpeckers along with the usual chickadees and doves.  The only other wildlife I saw was M speeding down the hill on a sled.

(A few spots of color.)

I looked hard for something different to photograph.  I’m sure it’s out there.  I just can’t see it.  Yet.  Winter is starting to seem long and slow, stretching into forever.

(In the meadow.)

Of course that isn’t true.  Spring will arrive eventually, followed by summer, autumn, and another winter.  That’s how the wheel turns.  But winter has a way of making it feel like the wheel has paused.

28 Comments on “129: King of the Jungle”

  1. I really enjoy the way this post takes periodic dips down into your ruminations for today –a bit of this, a tad more of that. It feels cozy and comfortable. Love this sentence: “Winter is starting to seem long and slow, stretching into forever.” Like the way the “s” sound stretches the sentence–slows it down. Also, really love the photos, especially the last one.

    • Robin says:

      Thank you so much, Kathy. 🙂

      I think those dips are caused by the way I write up my blog posts, starting early in the morning and then working on it little by little throughout the day. My mind wanders all over the place. lol!

  2. patbean says:

    Interesting that both our blogs had lion photos in them today. Check out mine at http://patbean.wordpress.com
    Pat Bean

  3. It sure does feel like the longest season, doesn’t it!! Those are some gorgeous lion shots you’ve got there!!

  4. boatacrosstheriver says:

    Completely agree with you about the big animals…sad. Including the dolphins. Did you ever see that doc. film “The Harbor,” or something like that? I could never bring myself to do it…I just avoid the dolphin exhibit now. Last time I took S. to the zoo, I told myself the animals were sacrificing their lives for education…sigh. Life is full of compromises.

  5. Your photos are spectacular, as usual. I love the look and feel of the last one. I suppose one of these days, when time permits, I’ll be more creative with photo software. It’s sad about the animals in the zoo, I agree.

  6. I love your winter images, but that’s a really nice capture of the lion, too.

  7. Bo Mackison says:

    So true–winter’s long stretch into forever. I love how you found that bit of color to capture–it DOES get hard, after several months, to make the snow and gray clouds look different! You are doing a great job on your outdoors commitment though!

  8. Karma says:

    You are right, there is a certain sadness to animals in the zoo. I have to think, like you mention, that most are living a better and likely longer life than they would have had in the wild. I like to hope that most have been raised in captivity and really don’t know any other way of life.

    I’m enjoying your zoo shots! I would have loved to see M zooming down the hill too!

    • Robin says:

      Took care of that for you, Karma. 😀

      I did take a shot of M zooming down the hill but it wasn’t very good. Maybe I’ll post it anyway.

  9. Now that you mention it, the Zoo is kind of sad. Were actually going to the LA Zoo next weekend, and I’ll be thinking of this post while we are there. The last picture is beautiful and captures the winter feeling very nicely.

  10. Marcie says:

    The light and how it reflects off the lion’s mane is absolutely stunning. And – I too – feel sad for the animals in the zoo.

  11. Your lion is a very handsome fellow, Robin!

    I’m sorry the winter is dragging on a bit for you over there, while I sit here and enjoy your snow photos every day! I have been imagining the photos you will be taking when the first buds of spring appear, and when the pond begins to thaw!

    Do you know where the flamingos go for winter? I’ve been meaning to ask….

    • Robin says:

      Thank you, Joanne. 🙂

      Winter always starts to drag when it get near or to February. It’s the nature of the beast.

      As for flamingos, they are tropical birds and generally stay put. If you mean MY flamingos, they are of the plastic variety. My youngest son gave them to me for my 50th birthday. They are a joke of sorts, in a good way. Here is the blog post about receiving them:


      Which will lead you to a link about why I like flamingos (if you’re interested). You’ll have to scroll down a bit on that one, until you get to the pink flamingos.

  12. penpusherpen says:

    I haven’t visited a Zoo since I was a small child…something of a feeling of ‘wrongness’ …I know people say ‘conservation’ wise, they are being looked after but still, you feel they need the freedom to roam, or maybe just ‘freedom’ to live or die.
    Snow, glorious snow, but at least it makes for such lovely photo opportunities, the berries is a good one…and the meadow shot is stunning…xx

  13. Anna says:

    Gorgeous shots and treatment of the King of the Jungle. I know what you mean about zoos and I have been at some zoos that truly do not take care of the animals as they should. It is sad. Love the photo, ‘In the Meadow.’

  14. Marianne says:

    Wow, the stats on the lion population is staggering.

    Tori’s music is lovely. I love the piano. Thanks for introducing her, Robin.

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