17th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Natural World
Dark Dreams

I have long dreamt of a black shadow that roams forests that I never thought I would see. I dreamt of black rosettes on a phantom that roamed wild and free. I dreamt of seeing a black panther with it’s mighty unforgettable confidence standing on a tree. After four years of researching global melanistic leopard sightings, two trips to the jungles of India, my dark dream became a reality and has enlightened and humbled me. Dreams are always within reach and I made sure mine came true. Always respect wildlife, we all share this earth.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 11.2019
Date Uploaded: 11.2019
Photo Location: Karnataka, India
Camera: NIKON D5