While photographing in the area around the west entrance of Glacier National Park, I heard about a rare Amur Tiger that could be photographed at the DDD Game Farm in that area. This tiger reportedly has been highlighted in National Geographic Magazine and in the movies. Never having been on a photo safari, I felt this could be a lifetime opportunity to see and to photograph this rare and beautiful animal.
After observing and photographing it for about 1/2 hour, I felt I had gained some understanding of how it moved and when to anticipate its quick reaction to something that caught its attention. Fortunately, I was well positioned on the far side of a small body of water when the cat came out from behind some trees, paused and put its laser-like focus on something in the water.
As I watched the cat tense up and freeze in place, I could only imagine what might happen. After what seemed like a long time, the cat slowly moved closer to the pond, and in a flash, exploded into the air with paws outstretched to capture its target. To say it was exciting would be a great understatement. My heart was racing as I began to fire off a continuous burst hoping to capture the action.
I believe this shot was either the third or fourth in a six shot series. Needless to say, I was intent on capturing this big cat in mid air while it was totally intent on capturing its target. It made the whole trip worthwhile and it created a memory I'll never forget.