To get what is to me a very special photograph, a lot of dedication was required. Prior to my first ever safari in #Africa I believed a leopard sighting would be almost automatic. It was not. A whole trip later, and the only sighting I managed was a slither of a leopards tail as it scurried past my lodge as I walked accompanied for safety to dinner.
This close, but not quite, sighting only spurred that enthusiasm on. Eventually, this #dream chance became #reality in beautiful Sri Lanka last year. After what can only be described as many disappointing chances, the most #incredible moment took place, when this large male slowly prowled metres away in front of us. Alone with this incredible creature. An absolute #dreamcometrue with tears rolling down my cheeks. A moment in time, captured forever.
This photo reminds me that ‘if at first you don’t succeed...’ keep following your dreams, aspirations, goals and what makes you happy. Life is an amazing journey filled with special moments, but also times when things don’t quite go as planned. Remember to not be disheartened, pick yourself up, and try again. Turn your dreams into reality. As my poor memory fades, a photo can take me right back to a specific moment in time as if it has just happened, and this photo sure does that. Photography allows you to capture moments that you never intend to forget. I feel so lucky to have had this experience, my most favourite animal seen at peace in the wild. Dream big.
I love photography because it combines what you love with what you see. It has enabled me to reflect and see things over and over to see new meaning in what has been taken.
Dedicate your time to capture the moment, not only on film, but within your heart.
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