It’s hard not to love all of the big 5, but there is something very unique about the leopard. This large, beautiful cat roams the savannah alone; and while it’s general demeanor lounging in the trees or playfully taunting its soon-to-be dinner might give off a sense of carefree laziness, leopards have a very real hidden ferocity. Former ASC client and photographer Kimberly Fairbank managed to capture a very classic, very representative shot of a leopard while on a recent safari trip in South Africa.
Here’s what Kimberly had to say about the experience.
Out on safari our ranger got a call on his headset alerting us to a leopard sighting. When we got to the location she was sleeping up high in a tree, legs dangling. We were thrilled to see her stir and were rewarded by her coming down the tree, tail high in the air for balance, rubbing her head on the tree bark and then looking straight into my lens!
What an incredible image and experience. Apparently National Geographic thought so as well because Kimberly’s image was chosen to be a part NatGeo’s online stock image site. Congrats Kimberly! Check out her website here to see more of her stunning photos.
P.S. If you have any beautiful pictures of Africa from your own travels, we’d love to see them! Feel free to email them to edward[at]africansafaris[dot]com and we’d be happy to post them on our blog with your permission.