Lens-Artists Photo Challenge – Your Inspiration

This week, Patti looks for our take on Inspiration for the Lens-Artists Photo Challenge. I recently spent some time with the lions at Brookfield Zoo and looking through the resulting images, I was inspired to write this little poem.

With thoughtful gaze and stealthy stride,

Behold the monarch of his pride,

Awaits the dawn with stoic grace

And measures out the time and place,

A kingdom of a lesser space.

What long forgotten freedom lies

Within the memory of these eyes?

To rule again, his roar imparts,

The plains of home from which life starts.

Your realm lies here, within our hearts.

Following the sad and untimely death of their two lions, Isis and Zenda, in 2020, Brookfield Zoo acquired two 4 year-old male African lions, brothers named Titus and Brutus, from Utah’s Hogle Zoo in Salt Lake City. It certainly is interesting to see how they are adjusting to their new home.

Brookfield Zoo is a participating institution in the Association of Zoos and Aquariums’ African Lion Species Survival Plan. African lions are listed as ‘vulnerable’ according to the Red List of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature, due to hunting and loss of habitat.

30 thoughts on “Lens-Artists Photo Challenge – Your Inspiration

    • Thank you, Marianne! There was a time, many years ago, when writing took precedence over photography but I’ve become rather lazy in my old age and now find photography far less taxing on the brain. Still, I like to keep my hand in, so to speak, and have a little dabble in the literary pool every once in a while.

  1. Really loved both your poem and images this week Sue. You expressed beautifully the conundrum of keeping wild creatures in zoos. Those of us who have seen them in the wild know how difficult their existence is and admire their strength and beauty. While I hate to see them in zoos, I suppose these two have never seen life in the wild and candidly they look far more healthy than those we saw in Africa where they are battle-scarred and much less well-fed. It’s a difficult question but so long as we allow them to be hunted, and continue to develop the land they once roamed, perhaps a zoo or wild animal park is not such a bad place for them to be. Gorgeous post.

    • Thank you so much for your comment, Tina. I’ve never had the opportunity to see creatures like this in their natural surroundingsd but I can image what a hard life they have. At least the lions at Brookfield are well cared for and if studying them helps to understand the problems that they face in the wild and ensure the survival of the species then that’s a good thing.

  2. Fabulous post, Sue. Your poem highlights the dilemma of keeping animals in captivity and your images show the majesty and power of these incredible creatures. Beautifully done!

    • Thank you so much! It always makes me a little sad to see the animals in these confined areas but on the other hand it’s good to know that the people who are working behind the scenes are making every effort to ensure the survival of so many of these species that are on the brink of extinction.

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