Weekly Photo Challenge: Quest

It has taken me a while to pick a photo for this week’s photo challenge. I just could not think of anything in my life which would constitute a quest. As one blogger said very few things could be classified as such “Unless it happens you have Sauron’s One Ring To Rule Them All in your duffel and you’re on you way to Mordor, then Mt. Doom . . .”!

The only thing that came to mind was our quest – or very determined efforts at least – to find and photograph leopards in the wild. Leopards are nocturnal animals so seeing them during the day, when one is allowed out of the wilderness camps, is a challenge.

On our latest trip – to the Kruger National Park – we searched the bush high and low. Literally. We looked under trees in the long grass, through the Mopane thickets, and we looked up into the branches of every “leopard tree” i.e. every tree that looked big enough and comfortable enough to house a leopard. We had fleeting glimpses of a few leopards as they quickly disappeared into thick bush. Then one day, mid-morning, our efforts were rewarded and we came across this leopard. Also not out in the open and quite far from the road, but at least it stayed still for long enough for us to take some photos.

Leopard in Kruger National Park. ©WMB/notesfromafrica.wordpress.com

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6 Comments on “Weekly Photo Challenge: Quest”

  1. September 25, 2016 at 6:33 pm #

    I can see where that could make it into a quest. And what a great picture, too! I can also see why it’s so hard to get pictures of them. They blend so perfectly into their surrounding. The best natural camouflage ever 🙂

    • September 25, 2016 at 6:55 pm #

      Hi Marilyn! Thanks for visiting my blog and leaving a comment! 🙂 Wasn’t trying to lure you here with that pingback, but I found what you said so funny and thought others might appreciate it too.

      Leopards are beautiful animals. And yes, they are well camouflaged – we probably have driven past quite a few without seeing them.

  2. Eha
    September 26, 2016 at 2:18 am #

    David Attenborough – eat your heart out!!

  3. September 26, 2016 at 8:05 am #

    Amazing animal! I’m always struck by the leopard’s ability to vacillate between extreme activity and utter calm, which you’ve captured so nicely here.

    • September 26, 2016 at 8:10 am #

      Thank you. This leopard was definitely slowing down after the night’s activities – yawned a couple of times. It lay there enjoying the sun for quite a while.

      Thanks for visiting my blog and for your comment! 🙂

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