Big Cat Diary in Spain

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Imagine getting paid to photograph these fantastic cats. Like the rest of us mere mortals I don’t get paid to photograph them but I did get to see them everyday for the past week and could have sat and watched them all day.

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The lion King of Beasts always looks regal when he decides to sit up and cast his eye over his land. Sadly this chap doesn’t have much land to look over however I suppose he doesn’t have to worry about predators with rifles hunting him down.

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I pretty much had him to myself whenever I went to see him. Most days he would simply be sleeping in the hot sun as cats do.
I decided to sit with him and see if he’d pop his head up to see if I could get the money shot, face straight on with eyes locked on me.
Once he decided it was time to poke his head out from the grass his gaze followed me wherever I walked, too hot for him to walk out for a close up shop though.
Below is the money shot, my crack at the greatest photograph of a lion ever!

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A photograph I’m pretty happy with. Originally I wasn’t going to take a camera on this trip as it was going to be relaxing by the pool for a week. Thankfully I did or there would be no close up shots of these beautiful cats without my trusty old zoom lens.

The animals are winding me up

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Going through the old files and having a play around with some shots from our trip to Fuengirola at the start of this year. The Biopark is without a doubt the finest zoo I’ve ever been in.
More to follow in this post as I edit and upload.

Photograph below is by wee mini Blogger Photography Kai my number one daughter.
This little lemur was mesmerized by it’s reflection in her sunglasses and stood staring into her eyes for what seemed like ages. It would have made a cracking photo of the both of them looking at each other but unfortunately I was too slow and it leaped over her head and off to join his buddies.

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Fancy a pint?

Lion Tavern

Can’t be to many pubs that get a plaque in their honour, the Lion Tavern got one so it must have been some place.
Nothing online to say why it has been remembered in this way.
In the Dundee Directory of 1824/25 A Mr Thomas Reid is listed as the owner of the Lion Tavern that is all I could find. Might send an email to the old museum to see if they have any info on this, they were pretty good at letting me know they’d skipped the WW1 oak memorial for the Dundee soldiers that gave their lives in the great war.

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Edit: I’ve emailed the cheeky chaps at the McManus Galleries and will update the post with any info they give me. Fingers crossed.