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A very curious lioness stares directly at the children through the glass at the Denver Zoo. Before this she was standing on her hind legs and pawing at the glass as if she was trying to get out and ‘play.’ Quite an interesting display and a treat to see. One of the zoo volunteers said that he has been volunteering in the lion area for almost 20 years and had never seen one of the lions act like that!

Denver, Colorado



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A photographer who was born in a coal chute; to a mother who was literally squatting over it, in rural West Virginia. He managed to stave off black lung while splitting firewood in the backwoods of Kentucky for a four fingered accountant and Veteran of WWII. After dodging improvised explosive devices and periodic mortar/small arms fire in a far away land; he now whiles away his time digging in the Colorado dirt, occasionally finding the strength to raise his lazy hand to snap a picture or two.

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  • Sassafras
    Sassafrasalmost 4 years ago

    LOVE, love, love this!! It is quite similar to the one you favorited in that a wonderful inter-species communication is happening right before our very eyes.
    Love the 2 additional views of this baby reflected in the glass AND the close attention this lioness is paying to the young child.
    Good capture.

  • Yea, that sort of inter-animal connection is definitely present. I just can’t believe how calm he was being face to face with a lion with just a sheet of glass separating the two!

    – Christopher Barker

  • redqueenself
    redqueenselfalmost 4 years ago


  • Kathy Baccari
    Kathy Baccarialmost 4 years ago

    Wow Christopher………what a wonderful smile on Cayden’s face. Looks just as happy as can be. Neat shot. Kathy :)

  • He definitely was KB. One of his favorite places to visit…when he’s in a good mood!

    – Christopher Barker

  • Vicki Spindler (VHS Photography)
    Vicki Spindler...almost 4 years ago

    Awww a lovely capture!!! :))))))))))))))

  • Thanks again Vicki!

    – Christopher Barker

  • Andrew Kalpage
    Andrew Kalpagealmost 4 years ago

    Fantastic..whenever I take my kids to the Zoo, the bloody Lions are asleep :-)

  • Thanks Andrew. It was truly an amazing experience. Most of the time the captive animals are pretty docile but on this day all the animals were acting crazy! It was very cool.

    – Christopher Barker

  • Magaret Meintjes
    Magaret Meintjesalmost 4 years ago

  • Bobby Dar
    Bobby Daralmost 4 years ago

    2 good

  • Thanks Bobby!

    – Christopher Barker

  • Naveen  Sharma
    Naveen Sharmaalmost 4 years ago

    Ohhh WOW Lovely Work !!!

  • Much appreciated Naveen!

    – Christopher Barker

  • Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos
    Konstantinos A...almost 4 years ago

    Congratulations! Your wonderful image is among the featured work chosen for the group by current featured artist Sharon Bishop

  • Thanks Konstantinos. I know it is a stretch for this image in the ‘African Art & Photography’ group, so I appreciate the feature for sure!

    – Christopher Barker

  • Ell-on-Wheels
    Ell-on-Wheelsalmost 4 years ago

    Congratulations on your 6th Dec 2010 FEATURE in Kairos Christopher :-)

  • Thanks so much Ell, what an honor!

    – Christopher Barker

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