Here's to 2009..

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When you like to take photographs as a hobby, especially animal photography, it is a rare but thrilling privilege of knowing yourself in the company of someone who has published, what I regard as one of the most beautiful books on leopards ever made. It is called “Living with Leopards” and the author is Mr. Nils Kure, Regional Manager of Mala Mala in South Africa. The book has been on my coffee table for over a year now and is so thumbed by now that I didn’t dare to take it with me to have him sign it for me. (I played with the idea of having him sign off our rather substantial bar-bill and secretly glue it into the book later on :-)).

This beautiful leopard was also taken on the very first day of our holiday. Can you imagine that we saw 4 leopards between arriving in Mala Mala at 3PM and 7PM when it got dark!!
It was already late; too late to photograph and it was only with the help of tracker Phillemon's spotlight (that did not disturb the leopard at all and lit her up perfectly) that I was able to capture her.

Dear Friends,
As the minutes to twelve o’clock tick off, I want to thank each and every one of you for your presence on Flickr. I value your friendship, comments, faves, your encouragements, for letting me admire your photos and for your patience when I’m once again too busy to comment as much as I would like to. It feels very warm to be part of such a positive site as Flickr. Over the past 2 years I’ve got to know many of you, either in person or by email or through your comments. Please know that it means a lot to me.

I’m going to wish you THE best New Year. May it bring you lots of happiness, health and many, many wonderful new pictures. Take care.
With love,
Hennie

Φ-Filippos-Κ, mehughes, AnyMotion, and 399 other people added this photo to their favorites.

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  1. One more shot Rog 54 months ago | reply

    Great shot - great eyes!

  2. greekstifado - Yanni 53 months ago | reply

    Excellent....amazing shot!!!

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  3. Greg Morgan wildlife 53 months ago | reply

    Mesmerising eyes, what a beautiful cat and a fantastic shot

  4. nyomee wallen 52 months ago | reply

    May 2010 be the beginning of a wonderful new decade for you and your family.

  5. macchia.umana 52 months ago | reply

    bella foto... occhi che parlano..

    buon 2010

    auguri

  6. girliciouz_81@yahoo.com 52 months ago | reply

    happy new year to all of you..'

  7. Da Furball 52 months ago | reply

    Great shot, happy new year.

  8. Victorciraptor [deleted] 52 months ago | reply

    Awesome!

  9. woodfordp 52 months ago | reply

    what a beautiful animal - incredible capture. have a great 2010.

  10. Joe du Plessis 52 months ago | reply

    Well this one could also be in that same book. Pragtig!!!!

  11. JR♥Wolves [deleted] 50 months ago | reply

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Wild Feline Photography!, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

  12. shahar.bar 43 months ago | reply

    Very nice photo.

  13. Hani London 41 months ago | reply

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Flickr Big Cats, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

  14. Paco Rodas 40 months ago | reply

    Magnifica Foto (Felices Navidades)

    Para acceder a mi Galería (PULSAR EN ESTA DIRECCION)

    www.flickr.com/photos/pacorodas/

    o esta otra para acceder a álbum de "FAUNA"
    www.flickr.com/photos/pacorodas/sets/72157625082379271/
    Leopardo de Sri Lanka (1)

  15. Erwin Luesink 37 months ago | reply

    this picture is absolutely stunning! Wow!

  16. martisimas 36 months ago | reply

    amazing moment captured of this sublime feline...

  17. DMG Studio's 30 months ago | reply

    Awesome Shot!

  18. Ania.Photography - travelling 12 months ago | reply

    an amazing animal, another gorgeous work :)

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