Sad Eyes - St. Lawrence Cathedral, Genoa, Italy

Some photographers like to capture photos of lions either on safari or at zoos. I have done both, but when I saw this statue at the Cathedral of San Lorenzo in Genoa, Italy, I knew I had to take a photo. The Cathedral, reconstructed during the 12th century, has since the time of the Crusades protected the ashes of Saint John the Baptist, the patron saint of Genoa. The entrance to the cathedral is protected by this statue of this lion. What struck me was that it has the saddest eyes that I have ever seen on a lion. Maybe being there for all of those centuries without moving and having tourists hanging all around and on it makes him sad.