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Snow Leopard

Posted by
Steven (Chicagoland, United States) on 31 August 2017 in Animal & Insect and Portfolio.

Snow leopards have evolved to live in some of the harshest conditions on Earth. Their white-gray coat, spotted with large black rosettes, blends in perfectly with the steep and rocky mountains of Central Asia.

The snow leopard’s powerful build allows it to scale great steep slopes with ease. Its hind legs give the snow leopard the ability to leap six times the length of its body. A long tail provides balance and agility and also wraps around the resting snow leopard as protection from the cold.

For millennia, this magnificent cat was the king of the mountains. The mountains were rich with their prey such as blue sheep, Argali wild sheep, ibex, marmots, pikas and hares. Snow leopards are found in 12 countries—including China, Bhutan, Nepal, India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Russia, and Mongolia - but their population is dropping. It is listed as endangered because, as of 2003, the size of the global wild population was estimated at 4,080 – 6,590 adults. Fewer than 2,500 snow leopards may be reproducing in the wild. As of 2016, estimates for the size of the global population vary from at least 4,080 to about 8,700 individuals.

Photo was processed in black and white because this was captured through a window which had a blue hue to it, which couldn't be compensated for.

Photo captured at the Brookfield Zoo on August 24, 2017.

NIKON D7000 1/60 second F/4.5 ISO 400 62 mm

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Jypyä Pop from Turku, Finland

Gorgeous animal. The picture is fine also because in its own way, it tells the sad truth that the snow leopard is amongst the endangered species.

31 Aug 2017 5:12am

Devi from Chennai, India

superb B&W....yes blue would have looked unnatural!! Thank you for the info here :)

31 Aug 2017 5:45am

tataray from Charentes-Poitou, France

Magnifique portrait. )

31 Aug 2017 6:06am

Martine from France

Très bel animal.

31 Aug 2017 6:45am

Graciel·la (Vic. Catalonia) from CAT. New European State, Poland

Wow !! excellent!

31 Aug 2017 7:21am

Nicou from Sion, Switzerland

Fantastique portrait de ce léopard quel rendu et NB

31 Aug 2017 7:33am

omid from mashhad, Iran

wonderful portrait!

31 Aug 2017 8:48am

Tomek from PoznaƄ, Poland

Friend ? :)

31 Aug 2017 9:32am

grouser from Ludlow, United Kingdom

Terrific B/W portrait

31 Aug 2017 10:15am

Shaun from Thorton, United States

I have to say, that this is better in B/W. A superb portrait. 5*

31 Aug 2017 10:20am

Hiro from Kyoto, Japan

beautiful portrait

31 Aug 2017 10:46am

Marité from France

Un animal à protéger donc ! Très bonne idée de traiter cette photo en noir et blanc...
Bonne journée.

31 Aug 2017 10:59am

Martine Libouton from Bousval, Belgium

Magnifique ta photo ! Bravo

31 Aug 2017 11:32am

Existence Artistique from Angers, France

belle force féline sous cet effet

31 Aug 2017 11:56am

Ruthiebear from Titusville, NJ, United States

What a beautiful animal! Stunning in B&W

31 Aug 2017 2:58pm

BiLL from Carrickfergus, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom

Beautiful creature.

31 Aug 2017 3:29pm

Don from Spokane, United States

A wonderful black and white cepture of this leopard's face. Very well done.

31 Aug 2017 3:33pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

A gorgeous portrait of this magnificent beast. Dwindling habitat, lack of prey, and climate change must be taking their toll on these great cats.

31 Aug 2017 4:19pm

Claudine/canelle from Lorient, France

Superbe portrait !!
Bonne soirée

31 Aug 2017 5:51pm

London Caller from United Kingdom

Lucky you! Don't think we have snow leopards in London Zoo.
We don't even have pandas here. ;)

31 Aug 2017 8:31pm

Anna Cherer from LA ROCHELLE, France

Superb portrait

31 Aug 2017 8:32pm

Elaine Hancock from Olney, United States

This is a spectacular portrait. I love the black and white. Beautiful point of view and detail. Their population is so small which is sad. I hope that it can rebound.

31 Aug 2017 8:44pm

Adela Fonts from Barcelona, Spain

Great shot! Awesome!

31 Aug 2017 10:30pm

Michael Rawluk from Williams Lake, BC, Canada

Such a handsome face. Nicely shot.

1 Sep 2017 12:09am

Harry from Apex, NC, United States

beautiful creature with nice tack-sharp focus and interesting bokeh.

1 Sep 2017 1:25am

Ginnie from Netherlands

What a beautiful creature, Steven! But do I detect sadness in its eyes from the zoo captivity?

1 Sep 2017 5:01am

Wayra from Roma, Italy

Wow, a nice look!

1 Sep 2017 6:43am

Etsu from Kyoto, Japan

Wonderful portrait.

1 Sep 2017 2:31pm

Remus from Portugal

I think the photo in black and white looks great. The photo even gained visual impact.
Well done!

1 Sep 2017 5:02pm

willy from Belgium

Magnifique portrait de ce bel animal Steven


1 Sep 2017 7:27pm

Urspo from PHoenix, United States

this is a marvelous photo

2 Sep 2017 9:21pm

fateme@@ from Dezful, Iran

Amazing portrait.

3 Sep 2017 5:35am

Sam from Chennai, India

What a beautiful portrait. Great in black and white. :)

3 Sep 2017 3:52pm

Jean-Louis Guianvarc'h from Valence d'Albigeois, France

Un portrait splendide et superbement cadré.
A splendid portrait and superbly framed.

3 Sep 2017 5:30pm

Denny Jump from Bellevue, WA, United States

Wow this is a Great shot...his look is just perfect ;-)

4 Sep 2017 4:13am

omar from Kunduz, Afghanistan

great capture of a giant animal

4 Sep 2017 3:13pm

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

Yes, I think I agree with many others this is by far and away a much better picture in black and white.

6 Sep 2017 7:13pm

k@ from Paris, France

Magnificent !!

8 Sep 2017 11:51am

Elizabeth Buckalew from Flagstaff, United States

Stunning capture! I enjoyed the read, these have been a favorite of mine for some time. Extraordinary animals!

13 Sep 2017 2:23am