Having depressed everyone and myself by publishing the photographs of the sad and unhappy lions at Iford Manor, I found a couple of happier lions at the same location who retain their pride and publish their portraits here.
The first lion glowered at me for daring to take his photograph without seeking permission. Once I had apologised, he posed for me again. As I pressed the shutter button, his head whipped round to stare at something or someone behind me!
When I went to photograph the other lion, he ignored me and, looking very startled, cast his gaze at something beside or behind me. Now I am not easily spooked, but it is a bit disconcerting when you turn around and there is no-one else there! A bit like the Trees, I am starting to think that when I go out with the camera, I am not alone. Perhaps it is a guiding spirit showing me the way to the unusual subjects I come across? I don't know. Do you ever get these feelings?