Larry, my newest colored pencil drawing is inspired by my time in Samburu, Kenya.
Our guide spotted (!) this handsome leopard in an acacia tree brimming with richly colored birds.
Leopards tend to while away the hours up in trees. Their stunning spotted coat camouflages them, making them blend in with the leaves of the tree.
We sat tight with this leopard for at least an hour until he dropped out of his perch. We were then scrambling, along with a dozen other tourist vehicles for the best place to watch him.
Leopards are ambush predators, so they crouch low to sneak up to their prey and pounce before it has a chance to react.
Leopards are solitary creatures that only spend time with others when they are mating or raising young.
Pretty soon he ambled out of view into a dense part of the woods, we took off then to find a smattering of elephants down the road!
|Observation Post, Kathryn Hansen 7x10 (c)2016 $800.00|