Travel Photo of the Day (April 11)

During one of our safaris in Chobe National Park we were heading out of the park when the better half yelled for our guide to stop the jeep.  Dan, our guide, and I looked out of the jeep and saw this lovely leopard.  We had almost driven right by this creature.  It made me wonder, how many other creatures we had missed.  It makes me shudder to think what might have been behind some of the bushes I used…well I won’t go into that.

About TBM

TB Markinson is an American who's recently returned to the US after a seven-year stint in the UK and Ireland. When she isn't writing, she's traveling the world, watching sports on the telly, visiting pubs in New England, or reading. Not necessarily in that order. Her novels have hit Amazon bestseller lists for lesbian fiction and lesbian romance. She cohosts the Lesbians Who Write Podcast ( with Clare Lydon. TB also runs I Heart Lesfic (, a place for authors and fans of lesfic to come together to celebrate lesbian fiction.
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53 Responses to Travel Photo of the Day (April 11)

  1. Valentina says:

    I have always wanted one of this beautiful example of animal, but nobody ever wanted to get me one.

  2. niasunset says:

    Oh my dear TBM, this is so beautiful… How I wished to have one of these big cats… Instead of them I have my little Jaguar 🙂 Thank you, with my love, nia

  3. He looks so soft and nonthreatening in that photo

  4. Lynne Ayers says:

    To see creatures like this, in the wild, what an experience.

  5. What a fabulous shot of a beautiful creature, but I almost choked on the grape I was eating when I read the part about you using the bushes! I can just imagine you coming face to face with a leopard and then in a panic running off with your pants around your ankles. Sorry – I couldn’t resist 🙂

    • TBM says:

      It was really cold out so I had sweatpants on under my pants. That might have caused more issues if I had to run for my life. To be honest though, I’m the type that freezes and hopes for the best.

  6. lynnsbooks says:

    Oh, so lovely looking. Wouldn’t like to have a face to face mind you! But, yes, lovely.
    Lynn 😀

  7. Whooooooooah… sooooo close!!! Crazy!!! Beautiful shot!!! 🙂 **

  8. fgassette says:

    OH! He is beautiful. Lucky you. The only wild animals I see are at the zoo or photos from people like you, who have all the fun, even if you are caught with your pants down. Thanks for bring the adventure to us.


  9. scrapydo says:

    Wow, beautiful. Leopards are not supposed to be seen during day time! You were very lucky.

    • TBM says:

      I know! There was a couple who stayed at the lodge before us who really wanted to see a leopard and they didn’t. Then during the last few minutes of our safari in Chobe we saw one. Pure luck!

  10. Amazing to be that close…! Great shot, TBM!

  11. dadirri7 says:

    awesome, how amazing to see a beautiful wild creature like this! lovely photo 🙂

  12. Fergiemoto says:

    What a beautiful animal! You are fortunate to get such a close shot! Do you have a good zoom lens, or were you that close?

  13. Jo Bryant says:

    He is beautiful and wow I am so jealous…we never saw thee guys when we were there.

  14. IsobelandCat says:

    He looks so calm. He must be very used to the sound of jeeps and people. Beautiful animal.

    • TBM says:

      I found that most of the animals didn’t care at all about the jeeps. We would see other jeeps and cars in the park but not a lot. He does look calm and enjoying the sunny morning.

  15. Incredible to be that close!!
    If only he was gentle enough to snuggle with!

  16. Wow. Beautiful. I have always had a thing for wild cats…. lions, tigers and leopards.

  17. andy1076 says:

    For a cat with so much power and instinct, it looks surprisingly at peace. 🙂

  18. zelmare says:

    Oh! Isn’t he the most beautiful creature! I love leopards. Great photo! 🙂

  19. Kate Kresse says:

    i saw in one of your replies that you were about 10-15 feet away from the leopard. WOW…kind of intimidating yet fascinating. what a stunning animal. i think i would have been psyched yet scared….good kitty…..

    • TBM says:

      We were close, but we were sitting in a jeep which is why he isn’t paying attention to us. It is still intimidating, but it sounds weird, but you get used to being so close to them after a few times. Once an elephant approached the jeep and that scared me! But then he just walked away. I think he was telling us not to mess or else.

  20. Carol says:

    They are so gorgeous! I wouldn’t want to be that close to one though.

    • TBM says:

      When you are watching him from a jeep you have a sense of security. I was more in awe and it isn’t until I look at the photos and I’m like oh wow I was close.

  21. Madhu says:

    What a handsome specimen! My ultimate dream is to see a big cat in the wild!

  22. pagesofjulia says:

    My gosh that is SO beautiful! Way to go, better half! I spied the sharks off Inis Mhor and believe I deserve a prize 🙂 especially since I am usually the not-observative one.

    • TBM says:

      You and my better half should team up! Sharks sound pretty cool. I haven’t seen one in its natural habitat and I think it would scare the heck out of me. I still get freaked out when I watch Jaws.

      • pagesofjulia says:

        Bah, we were a couple hundred feet above on a cliff; not so scary this way. Being in the water with it would have been a very different story.

      • TBM says:

        That’s pretty cool…you must have great eyesight. I have horrible eyesight. Without my glasses or contacts I’m pretty much legally blind. I’ve been known to run into walls.

  23. I love the duality of the ferocity and calm captured in this photograph. You know that this is a fierce animal, but it’s sedate and quiet here. Nice.

  24. The Hook says:

    “It makes me shudder to think what might have been behind some of the bushes I used…well I won’t go into that.”
    Scary – but hilarious!

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