Leopard abstract

Caption: Male leopard (Panthera pardus) is the epitomy of feline stealth as it stalks silently through dense vegetation, Elephant Plains Game Lodge, Sabi Sand Game Reserve, South Africa.

The above photograph is unusual in that it’s a more abstract portrayal of this magnificent Big Cat, emphasising the leopard’s camouflage and predator behavior rather than the more conventional full-figure portrait of a leopard lounging languidly in a tree or lying gracefully on a rocky outcrop.

Camera: Canon EOS 400D (Digital Rebel XTi); Lens: Canon EF70-200mm F2.8 IS USM; Focal Length: 70mm; Shutter speed: 1/4000; Aperture: f4; ISO: 400.

Location: Elephant Plains Game Lodge is a private, family-owned lodge situated within the 65,000-ha Sabi Sand Game Reserve.

Sabi Sand, adjacent to South Africa’s flagship reserve, the Kruger National Park, is possibly best known as home to a handful of the most luxurious private game reserves in southern Africa, including Mala Mala, Singita, and Londolozi.

There are no dividing fences between Sabi Sand and Kruger, allowing the prolific wildlife to roam freely between the two. The Sabi Sand area – and Elephant Plains in particular – has earned a reputation as one of the top spots in the world for viewing and photographing leopards in the wild.

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