With my last days living in Oregon counting down to under 60 now I went to the Oregon Zoo with a different mindset yesterday. I wanted to start seriously to begin taking portraits of my favorite animals as if I would never see them again. You see in a real sense I’m never going to return to the “Left” coast after my relocation is complete. My departure date is tentatively poised for the 1st of October.
I was blessed with the ideal light yesterday morning with occasional clouds blocking out the bright sunlight, diffusing its contrasty affects just long enough to capture the saturated colors that come from my favorite light. I took advantage of the situation to take a closeup portrait of our magnificent male African lion, Zawadi. He’s now an old hand at being a daddy, having 3 two year old cubs and 3 one year old cubs. All their birthdays are just a month away the first week of September.
I like the totally regal pose he struck for me to capture. The background was the rough boulders of his outside environment. He sat atop his personal throne with one of his two lionesses, surveying his pride. Zawadi, the magnificent!