Taken with a Canon EOS 7D Mark II with a Canon 100 - 400 mm f/4.5 - 5.6L IS II USM telephoto lens, 1/160 sec, f/ 5.0, ISO 6400.
We were very fortunate on our last trip to the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania to spend time over a three day period with the same mother leopard and her three cubs. She had killed a wildebeest, and stashed it in one of the trees next to a small rocky outcrop (kopje). The trunk of a massive tree that had been struck by lightning was laying across the top of the rocks. It was the perfect perch for the mother and cubs to relax, slee p and play. As darkness fell the fur of the mother leopard seemed to glow, while the lighter colored fur of the cubs seemed to stand out more and more against the dark wood. I like the mood the dark tones of the foliage and bark give to the image. The mother's attention is actually on the third of her cubs. You can just see the little ear towards the right hand margin of the frame. I thought about cropping it out, but that's the focal point of the mother, and the more I look, of me as well.