2021-03-29: Monochrome Monday

I almost missed my Monday post, but remembered in the knick of time that I hadn’t put anything up yet today. I edited this one yesterday, and it was an interesting sighting that ended up involving three different leopards, while staying at Lion Sands.

This sighting was at dusk and lit with a spotlight with a red filter. Converting it to black and white was a great option to remove the strange colour casts, but I’ll be honest, I still find it a little flat looking. But, it was pretty flat with only a bit of light left in the sky, and the sighting in a fairly heavily treed area.

Regardless if the photo turned out great, it brings back memories and I find myself right back there in the vehicle, sitting behind our ranger Albert, who was getting rather frustrated by the confusing tracks all of the place, which made far more sense when we came to realize they were made by three different cats.

2021-03-28: Leopards

Leopards caught my eye today, so that is what I worked on. I sure wish I was out watching leopards today, rather than watching the snow falling.

Hosana, seen occasionally on Safari Live, made an appearance the last day of my trip.
A leopard cub in the grasses at the top of a termite mound.
This is the cub’s Mom, who was not too far away.

Wishing everyone a wonderful week!

2021-02-22: Monochrome Monday

Lately I’ve picking a theme for the week; so far no one has complained about a few posts in a row about one sighting or a similar topic, and it makes it a lot easier for me editing with the limited time I can dedicate to that at the moment.

If you missed yesterday’s post, go back and check it out as it has a little story of this leopard and a few links to other posts where she was featured.

Wishing everyone a wonderful week!

2021-02-21: Leopard and cub

A few weeks ago I feature some images of a leopard on an impale kill (if you missed them, you can see them here). These images were shot about 10 – 15 minutes later in the morning; the leopard came out of the tree and relaxed in the grass a short distance away, and in short order, the cub came out of where it had been hiding to have a brief visit with Mom.

In the previous leopard post I mentioned that the sighting on the kill was a challenging one for one of the other guests, but thankfully as we decided to leave, the leopard decided to leave as well, so it wasn’t like we ended up missing out on a sighting. In fact, as the leopard moved from the tree to the grass where she met her cub, she had a bit of a stare down with a tracker on another vehicle, which was definitely a tense couple of moments (you can see that post here, with a few more images of these leopards).

Mom patiently waiting for the cub to come out of hiding.
Such a wonderful greeting between mother and cub 🙂
Mom is the first to head off.
The cub was quick to follow!

2021-02-01: Monochrome Monday

As noted yesterday, my computer is dismantled for the time being while I work through some office reconfigurations, so today I’m sharing a few images that I have shared before. It’s just what caught my eye when looking through my media library, rather than a specific theme.

Enjoy, and have a great day!

2021-01-18: Leopard in a tree

I always hesitate a bit about sharing images of predators feeding, as some people (including me) are squeamish, but I don’t find this to be gory or difficult to view, so I hope no one else finds it challenging to look at. Many people say that they want to see a kill while on safari; I never have, though I have arrived at lions feeding very shortly after taking down a pair of impala, and it’s a very hectic experience to witness. In terms of an animal feeding, this was very tame as the carcass was already well picked over and it was high in a tree so there weren’t a lot of smells with it. But it still spooked one of the people in our vehicle, and after a short time there she indicated to our guide that she was ready to move on and that it was getting a bit much for her.

The day previous, she had been quite keen to see a cheetah starting (and then quickly failing) at a hunt. I wonder what would have happened had the cheetah been successful? My thoughts on this are, when heading out in nature, do your best limit your expectations of what you will experience, and what you hope to experience, and even, what you think you will enjoy experiencing.