Black & White Sunday: Lion Heart


I wasn’t planning on posting another photo of a lion this week, but as it turns out today is World Lion Day. In the last 50 years or so, we’ve seen the lion population in Africa decline nearly 95 percent which means that without immediate action, one day we could live in a world where images and statues of these creatures are all we have.

The photo that follows is a black and white rendition of the image that appeared in my last Thursday’s Special post. It is a local lion from the Zagreb Zoo, quite old and tired.

sleeping lion_b&w

This summer I visited Slovenia, a beautiful mountainous country bordering with Croatia. There I was high up in the mountains at the Predel pass at the spot that once marked the border of Austro-Hungarian Empire. The fortress that can be seen there today was built in the 19th century to replace an earlier wooden fortress that was burned down in a fierce battle between Napoleon’s Armada and the Austrian defenders in 1809. In spite of the enemy’s superiority the border regiment of Austrian – Croatian soldiers bravely warded off all the attacks and did not answer the call to surrender.

predl fortress_lion

In memory of the then killed soldiers Emperor Ferdinand I built a mighty monument consisting of a 6 m high rock wall with a pyramid leaning on it, and a cast-iron statue of a wounded lion at the bottom to stress the magnitude of the memorial.

predl_lion sculpture

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57 Comments on “Black & White Sunday: Lion Heart

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  2. Lovely tribute to the (tired) loins of this world, Paula. I like you monument! 🙂
    Ha en fin søndag. 🙂
    Klem, Hanne


  3. Sleeps like a baby 🙂
    Stunning photograph. We killed many in India. The count was 45000 in 1947 now less than 2000, I guess. There’s some awareness recently and lions are finally making a comeback, slowly and steadily.


    • 🙂 I thought that you would find it interesting. I hope you’ll.get a chance for another visit to.Slovenia and Croatia. And thank you Sue for your compliment 🙂


  4. They are incredible animals. I was just working on a lion post myself, but not b&W. I have something else in the works for that, though I may change my mind.


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  6. Such a beautiful and majestic animal! I’m very ashamed at the destruction to wildlife humans have caused. I love the B&W version, it really works for me. Slovenia is a country I’ve always wanted to visit, I hope to get there in the not so distant future.


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  8. Your Zagreb lion looks really good in B&W! By looking at the photo I get a false impression that it’s a cuddly, cozy, old cat creature, but I guess I would have had second thoughts going into its cage…
    The lion monument is also great, both the monument itself and the photo. I would have joined you in your B&W Sunday, but as you already know I was occupied this Sunday.


  9. Hola. Hello. Bonjour. J’espère que les vacances ont été bonnes! 🙂
    Curieusement, pendant ces semaines à Paris, j’ai remarqué beaucoup de lions. Architecture, immeubles, décoration.
    I will need to sort my pix out.


      • Bien. Aguantando un “été pourri à Paris” pero… Hey! Paris is Paris. Can’t complain. And the sun just came out! let me take out the apéritif et le saucisson et la baguette sur la table dans le jardin!!


  10. Both real and as sculptures, your images definitely testify to that lions are truly mighty beautiful creatures. And thanks for history addition.


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