On our recent visit to the Kruger National Park we were very lucky to see a leopard. On all my previous visits I had never been fortunate enough to see one like this in the wild.
The leopard is the smallest of the big cats. It has the ability to run at speeds of around 58 kilometres per hour (36 mph), and they have an unequaled ability to climb trees even when carrying a heavy carcass, they also have the capacity for stealth.
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SnapRJW (31627) 2013-12-02 1:43
Hi Wanda - I can imagine the excitement you must have felt seeing this beauty in the wild. To this day and after many trips to game parks I have not seen a leopard roaming free. Isn't she beautiful, her colours blending in with the grasses make her tricky to spot. Here she seems totally unaware of you and you managed to get a clean crisp image with a lovely natural feel. Nice job..... lucky you! Warm regards rosemary
yquem46 (38750) 2013-12-02 1:48
My best preferred wild cat, no doubt ! So far I saw 2 in Tanzania and 2 in Botswana
What a treat seeing its elegance and beauty
This one passed very close and you did not miss it. Superb
Have a nice day, best regards
Romano46 (18472) 2013-12-02 4:04
complimenti per questa bella foto. Questa si che Ŕ caccia fotografica nel vero senso della parola. un leopardo in libertÓ coplto con chierezza di dettagli e inserito perfettamente nell'ambiente circostante.
Ciao e buon inizio di settimana
mirosu (15386) 2013-12-02 4:53
Superb snapshot. Thanks to the soft light the Leopard fur patterns rendered incredibly well, with great details. Smart tight crop (close-up) choice to accentuate the Leopard with splendid sharpness, nice colors, excellent light and very good POV choice.
Very well done.
Wish you a peaceful Advent time.
holmertz (45936) 2013-12-02 8:24
This is such an incredibly beautiful and impressive animal. You were really lucky to see it so closely and to have time to take a perfect photo. A very enjoyable picture.
UlfE (14641) 2013-12-08 2:38
Congratulation on this excellent photo. The photo is pin-sharp and the focus is on the leopard. Your timing was also excellent. It very easy that the head of the animal is behind high grass in situation like this where the animal is in motion. TFS and have nice Sunday!
CLODO (32556) 2013-12-09 10:37
What an encounter! Even if it is taken full frame with a 300mm lens, it seems to be very close to your car, and hiding well in the yellow grass.
adores (41680) 2013-12-18 7:59
Seems you were fast enough to get a good shot, it mustn't be easy to see them so close. I like the photo, the light, the focus and the sense of movement.
Waylim (25434) 2014-01-03 11:21
I had the pleasure to see a couple of them in Kenya, however not in such good position. One was on the tree far from us and also dark. One one the ground was deep in the glass with only its head up and it left soon after we got there, too many other cars coming and spook it.
This is beautiful, love the pattern of the sky and blending in nicely with the natural environment.