Paws to Reflect


The king of the beasts.  We know who that is, right?  The mighty lion!  I don’t know if it actually came down to a fight between a lion and polar bear, or full-grown tiger, or orca, who would win (definitely the orca if the fight was in the water!), so I don’t know if the title is really deserved by a lion or not.  What do you think?

Regardless, a full-grown male African lion is clearly an impressive creature.  Even when they are laying down in the sun.  On my recent visit to the Atlanta zoo with my youngest son and his two little girls, there was a magnificent male lion in the enclosure with mama lion and the cubs.  I took a normal full length shot of the brute, one of just his head and front shoulders, but then something else caught my eye.  His paws.  They were massive!  So, I snapped today’s shot of his front paws.

Look at the power, the breadth. This ain’t  your fuzzy, cuddly little kitty cat, that’s for sure.  It gave me paws to reflect, I’ll tell you!

ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY:  Yep, the US has had nasty weather this winter of 2014, haven’t we?  But, the most severe winter storm ever to hit the New York City region reached blizzard proportions, costing hundreds of lives and millions of dollars (in 1888 dollars) in property damage on this day in 1888. Although the storm also struck New England, New York was the hardest hit, with the 36-hour blizzard dumping some 40 inches of snow on the city. For several weeks, the city was virtually isolated from the rest of the country by the massive snowdrifts. Messages north to Boston had to be relayed via England. Even “Leather Man,” a fixture of New York and Connecticut history who had walked a circuit of 365 miles every 34 days for three decades, was reportedly delayed four days by the Blizzard of 1888. Leather Man, who walked during the day and slept in caves at night, was known as such because his clothes were made out of large patches of thick leather.

TRIVIA FOR TODAY: the name Italy comes from the word italia, meaning “calf land,” perhaps because the bull was a symbol of the Southern Italian tribes.f



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