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Dan Hirschowitz

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Dan developed his love for the African bush whilst growing up on a family run farm in the Kwa-Zulu Natal midlands. Growing up in the bushveld he was surrounded by wildlife and finds his passion in what nature has to offer. After completing ...

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on A Celebration of Leopards in Leadwoods

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Irene Henkes
Digital Tracker

Wow………

Suzanne Gibson
Guest contributor

Beautiful blog Dan – though I must confess I prefer my leopard photos in colour, as the contrast between their gorgeous golden coats and a dead tree is so dramatic. The dead knobthorn that Nkoveni’s daughters have been playing in recently has certainly made for some dream sightings.

Hi Suzzane. You are correct, their colour is beautiful.

Francesca Doria
Master Tracker

The best view in the world: leopards and trees. Even who hasn’t a real passion for these subjects would love these perfect pictures. They enhance the silhouettes of such nature’s masterwork. Wonderful.

Michael and Terri Klauber
Guest contributor

Dan, Your post and luck is amazing! The images are dramatic and being able to remove the background and use B&W definitely creates unique and beautiful images! We added a few to our “favorites”!

Thank you, Michael and Terri.

Marcia Parker
Digital Tracker

Yes, leopards in leadwoods certainly make for some spectacular photographs! I love the blk/white, and I think some other monochromatic editing might also be beautiful. That photo by Alex, WOW. 😍💗🤩.

Mary Beth Wheeler
Guest contributor

I’m hoping to capture a few shots like this during my visit in April! Great catalogue of images!

Hi Mary. We are looking forward to having you in April. Can’t wait to see how your images come out.

Christa Blessing
Master Tracker

The sightings and photos of these leopard in the tree are very special indeed. I envy you! Hope to have some similar one next time.

Valmai Vorster
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Oh Dan these photo’s are spectacular and so beautiful. There is just something about the leopards in the dead lead wood tree that makes it so unique and spell bounding. You just can’t stop looking at them. How so lucky you are who saw theses stunning leopards in the dead leadwood tree two weeks apart. I’m sure you are the envy of all the Rangers and guest, not to talk about us. Keep up these awesome photo’s and stories please, because this is what keeps us going to see these beautiful animals.

Hi Valmai. Thank you for your comment. Im glad you like them!

Lisa Antell
Digital Tracker

Seeing leopards anytime anywhere is cause to rejoice. Seeing them in trees is always the best. Seeing leopards in a dead tree is hitting a Home Run!

You’re right, Lisa. Wherever they are, we are truly blessed.

Chelsea Allard
Digital Tracker

We did not get to see a leopard in a dead tree when we visited, but I welcome the experience should the opportunity present itself next time! So iconic and magical.

Hi Chelsea. Its definitely not a common sight at all. I hope one day you’re treated to that experience.

Denise Vouri
Guest contributor

Great story and amazing images. Perhaps one day I, too, will witness a leopard in a dead knobthorn or leadwood tree.

Ian Hall
Master Tracker

Very clever photo editing, super pictures.

Leonie De Young
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A great blog Dan and fantastic pics. Thank you for sharing. Beautiful cats!!

Cally Staniland
Master Tracker

The ultimate bucket list of all without a doubt Dan… and you have been lucky enough to enjoy this spectacular moment twice ‼️😍 I dream of the day I might be as lucky but in the meantime, I will drool over these fabulous photos. Incredible thanks ❤️

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