Death of a King – In Memoriam of Skybed Scar

NEW VIDEO POST on my YouTube Channel… “Death of a King – In Memoriam of Skybed Scar”…

This video features Kruger National Park in South Africa during a photo safari. It focuses on photographing lions but more than that it documents one of the most profound days of my life when I watched a majestic lion die before my eyes.

I still think about that day from years ago, what I witnessed and how Skybed Scar touched my soul… it changed me and it will change you too… Enjoy

Author: larry pannell

I started my career in photography as a professional photojournalist in 1979 at the time working with several newspapers and magazines in Southern California. What I loved most about photojournalism was its diversity and over my career I covered professional sports, concerts and travel. As life would have it mine took yet another turn and in 1988 I developed an interest in holistic medicine. I became a professional massage therapist specializing in sports medicine. In 1991 I decided to go to medical school and obtained a medical degree in Traditional Oriental Medicine and stared my career as a licensed acupuncture physician. After medical school I moved my practice to northern Idaho for a year before settling in the resort area of Sun Valley, Idaho. I’ve always been an outdoor person and hiking and backpacking the Rockies and fishing the pristine river waters and high altitude lakes offered me a wonderful photographic opportunity. In 2010 I left Sun Valley and I once again found myself on a cruise ship, this time working as an “Acupuncturist at Sea”. For the past seven years I have traveled to 85 countries, which has allowed me to photograph much of the world.

4 thoughts on “Death of a King – In Memoriam of Skybed Scar”

  1. Enjoy??? What in hell were you thinking whem you write “enjoy”. This is one of the most hard pictures I have ever seen… And.. “enjoy”?? Definetly god maybe does not exist


    1. Yes you should enjoy and celebrate the life and death of such a noble creature.

      If you took the time to read the initial post you would know how difficult this was for me and the privilege I felt that was bestowed upon me to witness the passing of this beautiful animal in it’s natural environment.

      Instead you decide to focus on one little word and question if there is a God in order to try to demean me…

      Since you brought it up I was raised in the Native American tradition where the life and death of all of the Great Spirits creations are celebrated…

      Read the first article or watch the video before you judge me…

      The Death of a King


      1. I have read the post, and I understand the respect you had while shooting. It’s just that these pictures have affected me a lot… Maybe that’s what you were looking for. I can’t help thinking of what lead to that…. Maybe days or weeks of pain, desase and lonlelyness of this beautiful animal. And then there you were with your camera to record his last minutes. I understand what you tried to show: this is what death looks like in nature, and death of free animals should be celebrated. I didn’t understand the word “enjoy” and thinking about what this lion went though his last moments (looking at the pictures you get conclusions) provoqued a great impression in me. I didn’t mean to demean you and I am sorry… I just got really affected after watching your pictures.


  2. Thank you for as a photographer and photojournalist there is no great compliment than to produce an image that truly affects a person deeply… Wishing you all the best – larry PS please take a look at the video on my YouTube Channel… I’d love to hear your take on it.. I’ve been published for decades but I am very new to producing videos and have much to learn…


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