04 June 2010

Leopard — another version

Leopard, Naini Tal zoo, India

Just playing/experimenting. The original photo's here.

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Barbara said...

I think I would caption these photos "Power." The watchfulness, the curve of the back, the heat that seems to radiate off of its skin ... power. both versions are impressive. (This is not about a leopard, but on a sad note, the staff here at the Atlanta zoo have euthanized a 17 yr. old male Sumatran Tiger. As I understand it, his health had deteriorated.)

pohanginapete said...

Barbara, leopards certainly are immensely powerful animals — the Planet Earth footage of a snow leopard carrying a markhor up a mountainside is simply astonishing.

Ruahines said...

Kia ora Pete,
What an amazingly beautiful animal. Not sure if in the wild I would want to be the subject of that steady gaze.

pohanginapete said...

I agree on both counts, Robb. :^)

Barbara said...

The "Planet Earth" DVDs were a birthday present a few years ago and the snow leopard footage is a portion I watch repeatedly. It's especially poignant after reading Peter Matthiesen's account of his participation in a search for the snow leopard. (Time to catch up on your other postings ;0)

pohanginapete said...

Cheers Barbara. I've read The Snow Leopard right through several times now (including while I was in Nepal), and it continues to haunt me. While I was in Pokhara I considered the possibility of visiting the area in which Matthiessen and Schaller journeyed, but it's now out of bounds for all but the fabulously rich. I still dream, though.