Kim Norris

Camera: Nikon D850

Lens: 70-200mm

Aperture: 2.8

Shutter speed: 1/1600

ISO: 500

Description: Roho, son of the late Lorian.

Story from behind the lens: While visiting the Maasai Mara, we came across two leopards out in the open close to sunset. Most of the vehicles were concentrated on the closer of the two; we decided to go to the less crowded side of the stream and see this beautiful young leopard. He was initially laying in the grass doing what big cats do best, resting. My hope is that he would get up so we could get a few profile shots. The sun was setting, and we were losing light fast. Just when I almost gave up hope, he stood and then sat, turning her head so that the sun spotlighted his beautiful face. Wow! As a photographer, you often take chances hoping for the shot you envisioned; when it actually happens, the smile and experience can be felt for eternity. This stunning leopard, is Roho, son of Lorian. Unfortunately, not long after our visit, his mother was killed by another female leopard.