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Greetings, this short set is from a Serengeti safari this past April. We were fortunate to find this isolated tree serving as the temporary home to a female leopard and her two cubs. The Sausage tree sat alone, about a quarter mile away from a brushy and tree-lined tributary. Its position was perfect for the mother leopard to come and go from, knowing she could safely leave her cubs alone as it was off the normal routs of other predators.

We were in this area for a week of our safari, allowing us to observe them on different days, and photograph them in varied morning and evening light. Our efforts were rewarded with affectionate displays between the mother and cubs, and playful moments while the cubs were alone. The time spent photographing this leopard family was very special, yielding lots of images and priceless memories to go with them.

The first image is from our very first sighting at daybreak - as stormy skies cleared and the sun broke through …illuminating the tree from a distance, and the subtle silhouette of a leopard. All images full frame in at least one dimension.

For those interested, I have a recap of the safari on my blog, with additional images.

Thanks for looking, comments welcome.

All the best,

Jim

Serengeti safari recap, April 2013

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Jun 29, 2013 at 05:58 PM
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You captured some precious moments Jim. I like the whole set. Beautiful work.
Harsha



Jun 29, 2013 at 06:33 PM
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p.1 #3 · The Home Tree ...for leopards


What a wonderful set. You have captured some beautiful moments. Enjoyed each and every one.

Birdie



Jun 29, 2013 at 06:42 PM
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Awesome Jim...how nice to find a leopard lounge. Many go and never see the elusive cat but your group was rewarded with excellent sightings. I'm sure all your guests were Over the moon with the experience.
Eric



Jun 29, 2013 at 10:48 PM
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p.1 #5 · The Home Tree ...for leopards


Beautiful set, Jim. I like how to arrange your set from the entire habitat to tight shot of the Leopard family. I love them all.

- Tam



Jun 29, 2013 at 10:59 PM
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p.1 #6 · The Home Tree ...for leopards


Very well done Jim. I like them all ~ Ron


Jun 30, 2013 at 01:13 AM
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p.1 #7 · The Home Tree ...for leopards


Looks very familiar !



Jun 30, 2013 at 01:41 AM
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p.1 #8 · The Home Tree ...for leopards


Fantastic images..but that 4th and 5th one are just beautiful, one or both would be going on the wall.


Jun 30, 2013 at 05:31 AM
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love your big cats Jim


Jun 30, 2013 at 09:16 AM
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p.1 #10 · The Home Tree ...for leopards


Wonderful story and beautiful images. Great job.


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p.1 #11 · The Home Tree ...for leopards


Terrific shots Jim, eye candy for me
David



Jun 30, 2013 at 11:33 AM
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A very pleasing and interesting set Jim. I quite enjoyed viewing it.


Jun 30, 2013 at 02:17 PM
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The first is real good and the last a beauty Jim

Morris



Jun 30, 2013 at 05:48 PM
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p.1 #14 · The Home Tree ...for leopards


All amazing shots! Number two is tops for me.... fantastic work!
Kevin



Jun 30, 2013 at 11:00 PM
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harshaj1 wrote:
You captured some precious moments Jim. I like the whole set. Beautiful work.
Harsha


Thank you Harsha, I appreciate the generous comment.

Jim



Jul 01, 2013 at 01:57 PM
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p.1 #16 · The Home Tree ...for leopards


Stunning series! Wow...................

Ted



Jul 01, 2013 at 02:17 PM
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birdied wrote:
What a wonderful set. You have captured some beautiful moments. Enjoyed each and every one.

Birdie


Birdie, thank you very much for the kind comment.

Jim



Jul 01, 2013 at 04:07 PM
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eyelaser wrote:
Awesome Jim...how nice to find a leopard lounge. Many go and never see the elusive cat but your group was rewarded with excellent sightings. I'm sure all your guests were Over the moon with the experience.
Eric


Hey Eric, as you know, it's easy to take a rare opportunity for granted when it's right in front of you, but I think we all knew this one was special. Thanks for the comment!

Jim



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canon.eos30d wrote:
Beautiful set, Jim. I like how to arrange your set from the entire habitat to tight shot of the Leopard family. I love them all.

- Tam

Thanks Tam, glad you liked them.

Jim



Jul 01, 2013 at 04:11 PM
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Beautiful work Jim, what a marvelous set

Tim



Jul 01, 2013 at 04:12 PM
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