Brothers by Natalie Manuel

It’s not everyday you get to see a species known for its ferocity showing tenderness instead.

These are two Lion brothers (captivity) who had spent most of the morning playfully teasing each other before they sat down to…well….no other word for it – “cuddle”.

This was the only shot I got that worked as they were partially obscured by a toy in their enclosure. On review I was very lucky, not only was there a beautiful symmetry in the lions’ head positions, but both eyes were closed in the ‘moment’ as well. The image has been edited for a more dramatic effect and to perfectly isolate the two animals and their experience.

Part of the Lion Collection

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  • Paul Vanzella
    Paul Vanzellaabout 8 years ago

    Sensational – the texture and feeling in this image is divine!

  • helene
    heleneabout 8 years ago

    Beautiful – love it!!

  • Graeme Hindmarsh
    Graeme Hindmarshabout 8 years ago

    I love the contradiction – savage/tender. Great work!

  • Devan Foster
    Devan Fosteralmost 8 years ago

    your wildlife shots are great. your masking of the photos works wonders.

  • jenitae
    jenitaealmost 8 years ago


  • snoopytas
    snoopytasalmost 8 years ago

    This would have to be my all time favourite shot of yours Nat. i keep coming back to it and just look at it for ages.

  • kmargetts
    kmargettsalmost 8 years ago

    Wow, i just love it, i agree with Ricki, i have to keep looking at it, its fantastic.

  • carpenter777
    carpenter777over 7 years ago

    Very moving

  • jetsta42
    jetsta42over 7 years ago

    this is so beautiful

  • Tim Condon
    Tim Condonover 7 years ago

    You should be proud of it!! Loving your work.

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