If you’re ever on safari with passionate photographers, you’ll recognize the flurry of clicks you’ll hear the second a lion begins to yawn. It’s humorous really. It’s as if a major celebrity just stepped into view prompting the paparazzi to going wild.
While the photographer knows the big cat is probably at his laziest, the uneducated viewer of the final image sees huge incisors and a wide open mouth and assumes the animal is roaring when in reality, it couldn’t be less so. But photographically, it’s a winner. Add a little back lighting and some steam and the scene becomes even more dramatic.
Oddly enough, a yawning lion is often a precursor to movement. (Though on the average they just get up, move 5 feet and lay down again) I guess it’s no different from when we yawn before we jump out of bed in the morning.
As luck would have it I was right, our hero got up, yawned some more and then moved within two feet of our jeep to rest on the other side with his back facing us. Ugh…thanks Mr. Lion. That being said, I bet if I hadn’t mentioned the yawn thing but just said that the lion in the photo above was pissed off by our obsessive attention and was growling at us, I bet you’d believe me.
What does this have to do with Brangelina you ask?
Think about the lion’s yawn next time you see a tabloid photo of an angry, frightened or sad-looking celebrity paired with a salacious headline. You know what I am talking about…the ones that profess that the image was taken moments after a celebrity asked for a divorce, or saw a spouse cheat, or is in the middle of a public fight. Chances are you’re just seeing another version of a lion yawn… a captured moment, a millisecond change in facial expression, that means absolutely…..wait for it…….NOTHING.