This picture has been taken in Botswana, Africa. Early morning we spotted this leopard, a creation of unparalleled beauty. We were lucky as it is very difficult to track this elusive animal. As we love getting up close and personal and capture the spirit of wildlife, we decided to follow her as long as possible. She climbed up a tree, hiding and sleeping and we waited patiently. It is really all about being patient and passionate, respect and being in harmony with the animals and their natural environment.
After a while, we were getting hungry and decided to eat our breakfast in the jeep. I didn’t know that a simple hard-boiled egg, a muffin and a cup of coffee could taste so delicious in the bush. The waiting game was still on. We sat in complete silence.
Around noon she was getting more active, decided to leave the protective surroundings of the tree. She stood and stretched, raking her claws on the bark, then slid headfirst down the trunk in a single fluid movement. She stopped and through the dense foliage I picked out a pair of eyes staring curiously. She was investigating our jeep which was parked at a safe distance as we do not want to disturb or alter her behavior giving her enough space and comfort.
She stopped again a bit further behind a tree, always keeping an eye on us. That is why I call this picture “Peek-a-Boo”. During the afternoon, she made attempts to catch an impala, but failed.
It was a huge privilege to spend a day with this gorgeous cat and I’ll never forget looking into this leopard’s eyes. She showed us a day out of her life and my hands shook with excitement when I realized one of my favorite pictures.