Wild Weekly Photo Challenge: Look Up!

An African safari is a life-changing experience especially for a photographer. Being so close to animals in the wild is thrilling and this sequence was part of one of the most exciting moments we spent during our trip. This mother leopard and her cub had just finished feasting on an impala high up in a tree. These photos show them sated and cleaning up after their meal. We spent a great deal of time looking up!

Since part of this series is fairly graphic –naturally so– I have included a link to the entire set which is fascinating and amazing to see as the mother hoists the antelope up into the tree as the cub follows for the meal. Please click here for the rest of the series. 



“Do not look where the harvest is plentiful, but where the people are kind.”~ Botswana Proverb

Lounging Leopard, Botswana

Lounging Leopard, Botswana



“It is better to walk than curse the road.” ~Botswana Proverb



My Mother's Up There,  Botswana

My Mother’s Up There, Botswana



“A friend is someone you share the path with.” ~ African proverb




After Dinner Nap, Botswana

After Dinner Rest, Botswana



“To run is not necessarily to arrive.” ~ Swahili proverb




Leopard Cub Relaxing, Botswana

Leopard Cub Relaxing, Botswana



Many hands make light work. ~ Tanzania proverb



Family Time, Botswana

Family Time, Botswana



There can be no peace without understanding. ~Senegalese Proverb



Posing Cub, Botswana

Posing Cub, Botswana

“Tomorrow belongs to the people who prepare for it today.” ~ African Proverb


I’m participating in the online photo travel and adventure magazine, Let’s Be Wild in the Wild Weekly Photo Challenge: Look Up!

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  1. I love reviewing your pictures–you have such a wide range of subjects and such a fine eye for your material.

  2. Those shots are stunning. You look so close and they look so relaxed

  3. I dreamed of catching a close-up of a Leopard during my time in the Serengeti and Kruger (they are so elusive)….from your stunning images above, it’s clear I’m going to have to go back soon and try my luck in Botswana!!!

  4. How cool is that??? thanks for sharing!!

  5. I love them all. They are so great – and lucky you should I say that you have the opportunity to make such wild and beautiful photos. Thank you for sharing 😀

  6. A fantastic set. Mom and cub, beautiful cats both.

  7. Great photos, must have been amazing to see for real;really like the african proverbs too, they seam to be even more basic knowledge than most of the first world proverbs!
    Greetngs, Ron.

  8. feline is the most elegant animal in the world to me… I love them! wonderful….

  9. Aren’t they gorgeous? 🙂

  10. Absolutely amazing! Leopards are beautiful incredible animals!

  11. These must have been magical moments. Few animals are as beautiful as the great cats. Wonderful photos accompanied by suitable quotes!

  12. Incredible images Jane. You’ve captured him so beautifully.

  13. I loved our safari too! These pictures are terrific.

  14. these guys r so cute……what an experience to be so close to them…great eye!!

  15. I remember being wowed by your African series. How fortunate to witness cubs! Great captures (as always!) xxoo

  16. Rare and beautiful animals,great photography…made me feel like I was on Safari! What a wonderful experience.

  17. Amazing! I love Nature and wild life. They look gorgeous in your shots. Thank you very much for sharing with us.

  18. GRrrrrrrrrreat photos. The African quotes are a perfect complement to these amazing shots.

  19. That must have been a fantastic journey ! I like your choise of texts to the lovely Leopard photos . They are such beautys. // Maria

  20. Wonderful photographs, and you got so close!!

    Also thanks for sharing these wonderful proverbs from that part of the world. It’s great to know we are all sharing the same words of wisdom no matter where we live.

    • Hi Corrine- Thank you! Yes, our jeep was parked right near the tree, however, I was using a 350mm lens. Glad you like the proverbs- my mother used to say, “many hands make light work”…

  21. Wow, beautiful leopards. You almost want to pet them. I said, almost. 🙂

  22. Great Blog! I wished I came across it earlier!!

  23. Good choice for the challenge! Well done & a wonderful memory.

  24. To have seen that must have been fanstastic. To have been able to photograph it was fantastic for the rest of us. Great work.

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