David Yarrow, ‘SERENITY’, Trailside Galleries

Dinokeng, South Africa 2014

It is rare to capture a perfect reflection of a lion and this picture is – to the best of our knowledge – unique. There are many shots of lions drinking water, but these rarely capture the animal’s elegance and the water is often disturbed. In this photograph the surrounding water is calm enough to offer an unblemished canvas and consequently there is great resolution in a reflective image – the detail in the right eye is particularly satisfying.

The king of the food chain in East Africa is often captured after a kill or in the process of a kill and whilst this makes for good documentary imagery, there is little serenity. This is unfortunate because no animal has a greater capacity to look serene than the lion. That is what makes this image – taken just 20 minutes after sunrise, rather special.

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