20th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Natural World
Leopard on tree

For years, I yearned to see a leopard on a tree. I had to wait about 6 years to see a leopard for the first time in the wild, and seeing a leopard on a tree seemed far away until I eventually had the chance to do so at the Bandipur Tiger Reserve. When we arrived at the location, the leopard was dozing off on the dead tree, making it difficult for us to see. These rosettes complement the twigs perfectly, showing how successfully these cats use camouflage to fit in with their surroundings.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 03.2022
Date Uploaded: 11.2022
Photo Location: Bandipur, India
Camera: NIKON Z 6_2
Copyright: © Narayanan Iyer