Etosha National Park, Namibia, Africa

An African Lion B&W fine art photograph shows the impressive predator standing in grassland. That majestic black-maned Lion is doing the Flehmen behavior, as he picks up the scent of a Lioness.

copyright Anette Mossbacher, 17 July, 2023

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This photograph was captured with a Canon EOS-1D Mark IV and a lens. The following settings were used:

  • Aperture: ƒ/5.6
  • Exposure time: 1/2500s
  • ISO: 500
  • Focal Length: 600mm

The original photograph has the following dimensions: 6359 by 4239 pixels (WxH).

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That African lion B&W fine art photograph shows a black-maned Lion standing in grassland. In this black and white photograph, that impressive male Lion with his black mane is doing the flehmen’s behavior. The flehmen behavior is a behavioral response of a male Lion when he picks up the scent of a lioness. In this case, this male Lion smells the Lionesses of his pride further away from him. The flehmen’s behavior looks like snarling, like in this black maned lion photograph raising the head while doing so.

Black Maned Lion

We arrived at this place late afternoon. We saw five African Lionesses and their seven cubs. They were in the grassland walking towards the Etosha salt pan. The African Lions came out of the shade of several bushes. One impressive Lion of the pride followed the pride a bit further but stopped to look back at his mate. It seemed that his mate still needed a bit of time to wake up from the usual day of sleep. Most likely, he was still under the bushes in the shade to stretch. It took quite a while until we could see the second male Lion with a black mane in the free open grassland.

African Lion Panthera leo is in the IUCN list categorized as vulnerable.

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2 comments for African Lion Standing In Grassland

  1. Hanneke

    Wow, he’s got something on his mind… great shot!

    • Anette Mossbacher

      This lion for sure had something in mind, Hanneke. 😀
      Thanks so much.
      Ciao Anette

  2. Ruth Koprek

    A mesmerizing black and white lion photo. I’m crazy about it. 😍

    • Anette Mossbacher

      Indeed this African lion looks very proud in this B&W fine art photography.
      Thank you very much Ruth for taking the time to comment.
      Ciao Anette

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