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Don't Mess with Tarpans

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I might have gotten slightly carried away with this. It was so fun to paint.

During the Ice Ages, there was no taiga forest belt such as today. Steppe and tundra graded smoothly into each other. The northernmost parts of the mammoth steppe were tundra-like: many plants that today live on tundras and montane grasslands of northern Fennoscandia grew there. With wild horses grazing on them and lions hunting the horses. Today, they live thousands of kilometers apart.

Here, a young cave lion is about to learn why one should be careful with tarpans. It's July somewhere close to the edge of the ice and the steppe-tundra is blooming. The plants depicted include Betula nana, Viscaria alpina, Rhododendron lapponicum, Orthilia secunda, Pedicularis sceptrum-carolinum and Dryas octopetala. Yes, the latter is the plant that was so common at the time at gave its name to the Dryas climatic periods.

And credits where they are due:

For the horse, I used Venomxbaby's stock photo as a reference: [link]

For the fur, I used Photoshop fur brushes by Sullivan (here: [link]) and Snow-Body ([link]).

Background and foreground are based on photographs I took in Northern Norway.
Image details
Image size
3362x1960px 2.77 MB
Make
Canon
Model
Canon EOS DIGITAL REBEL XSi
Shutter Speed
1/1328 second
Aperture
F/5.0
Focal Length
24 mm
ISO Speed
400
Date Taken
May 22, 2010, 12:28:26 PM
Sensor Size
17mm
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