Women of Vision National Geographic Photographers on Assignment
Lessons of the Hunt, 2007
Beverly JoubertBeverly Joubert

Lessons of the Hunt, 2007

This image highlights the elusive nature and expert camouflage of leopards. “It is part of their survival to be able to slide through the forest and not be seen, ghost-like in so many ways,” Joubert notes. She usually rises at 4:00 or 4:30 a.m. to capture subjects in the morning light. This image is a favorite because of its minimalist quality, just palms and eyes.

Leopards have an amazing ability to be invisible, which works to their advantage. Their exquisite coat creates the perfect camouflage especially in dappled light. They are constantly alert and can freeze every muscle to avoid drawing attention while hunting.

 


 

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Other Photos by Beverly Joubert