King of the Beasts (2)

This is an impressionist picture; as it was taken at a considerable distance with a hand held zoom.

It can be compared to an impressionist painting that even the grass is a bit fuzzy.

This is the animal that is used in many symbols, logos, emblems, statutes of many cultures and countries, for many centuries.P1030640A

There is a silence in the wilderness just before this animal appears.

Many animals are so frightened and fled before or when the lion appears.

He is the king of beasts; a symbol of strength and bravery.

Picture taken by my wife in Namibia, Africa last month.

King of the Beasts at Namibia

This is the animal that is used in many symbols, logos, emblems, statutes of many cultures and countries, for many centuriesP1030559.MP4_snapshot_00.03_[2016.06.24_15.20.30].

There is a silence in the wilderness just before this animal appears.

Many animals are so frightened and fled before or when the lion appears.

He is the king of beasts; a symbol of strength and bravery.

Picture taken by my wife in Namibia earlier this month.

 

Rundale Palace, Latvia (0)

If you are interested in the Lion and the architecture around it, you may be interested in my next series on Rundale Palace.

There are several lion statutes on top of the building and columns of this palace in Latvia.DSC_0206

This lion looks a bit intimidating but at the same time interesting.

The real treasures are inside the palace!

Weekly Photo Challenge: Inspiration ( Lion)

Wild animals inspire us to think about the greatness of Nature.

Lion is supposed to be the king of wild animals.DSCF2315

We have been hearing about lions being killed in Africa.

Please stop killing them!

PS The picture was taken by my sister-in-law Jennie while travelling in Botswana.

Longhu Shan – Temple of the Celestial Masters and the Lion

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We didn’t see much in our trip to Longhu Shan because of the rain and the flood in the river.

We came across the Temple of the Celestial Masters, with some impressive architecture.DSCF0871

Near the main gate, we saw a pair of Lions.

Never know whether medieval China has any lions as today this animal does not exist in the country.DSCF0870

Here is a close up view of the face of the lion near the main gate of the temple.

Also near the temple is this drum tower.DSCF0866

Inside the temple we also saw this symbol of Ying Yang- I have never seen one in these colors.DSCF0872

The trip was a bit of a disappointment!

The Lions at Itsukushima Shrine, Miyajima Island, Japan

I was thinking of posting something on the Itsukushima Shrine, but never have the time to do it.

It would be a simpler task if I just concentrate on some of the things I saw – the Lions.DSCF0338

I have taken pictures of at least three Lions

Even when we alight the ferry and walked towards the shrine, there are various statutes, including Lions (second picture) alongside the seaside walk to the shrine.DSCF0322

Right at the waterfront of the shrine is a Lion (first picture)which is quite unusual in its sculpture. This lion looks powerful and photogenic.

In the nearby courtyard of the shrine, I also found a stone lion (last picture), which seems to be playful.DSCF0354

Lions have a special meaning in the Oriental culture, something which Orientals will revere.

Two Lions and Two Monks at Angkor Wat

This is a causal picture taken at Angkor Wat, Cambodia.

What prompted me clicking were the two monks walking past in red / orange clothing.

They were in sharp contrast to the two lions statutes with their mouth opening wide.DSC_0163

The lions seem much bigger than the monks, but this is an illusion of taking pictures which are at different distances from the camera lenses.

Otherwise, the place was just calm and green, maybe also timeless!

Lions in the Garden of Dolmabache Palace, Istanbul

The search for images of benches has led me back to the photos of Turkey, in particular, those taken in the quiet gardens of the Dolmabache  Palace by the Bosphorus Strait of Istanbul.

While we enjoyed the view out to the sea when sitting on the seaside benches, we also enjoyed strolling around the peaceful garden which was reclaimed from the sea for the Sultan.CIMG0502

One of my favorite pictures is that of a sculpture of a male lion in the garden, with a tree, an ornamental fence and the sea as background.CIMG0501

Not far from the sculpture were the lioness and her two cubs. While the cubs looked playful, the mother looked on guard with undivided attention.CIMG0493

In front of the palace was the swan fountain, it looked well integrated with the flowers, the pond and the surrounding.CIMG0505

As no photos were allowed to be taken within the palace so once outside the palace building and out into the garden, we took whatever photos  we found interesting including  a gate to the palace garden.CIMG0506

The top part of the arch gate was highly ornamental, the details really got me  interested.

The visit to the garden was just unforgettable!