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Callie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1101 W: 95 N: 2610] (7555)
When we found Cutie the first time, she was below the trees on the bank of a dry riverbed – yesterday’s post. The one bank is about 6 m higher than the opposite bank. The game rangers that do the driving will really work their hearts out to get one to a sighting. Cutie promptly left us when she was discovered, and disappeared into the thickets on the high bank. I think the place where we went down must have been nearly 45º down and with an equal side slope. The seat of the Landover was nearly level with the ground on the right. A scary trip, but we were caught in the frenzy of the hunt. We slowly drove through the thick river sand, our eyes locked on the trees above us, sweeping, shifting, sifting information. We knew she should be somewhere, we only had to find her!. She was safely tucked into the thicket in the top branches of a tree, as you can see on the photograph. If not aware of her presence, one can miss her totally, where she is hiding amongst in the thorny branches of the acacias. Leopards are loners, like all members of the cat family, bar lions. Lions are the only social group of felines. Leopards only stay together for a short time when the female is in heat. She has one to three cubs, which she raise alone. Mortality rate is very high amongst the cubs. Less than 50% makes it to their first year. For this reason, the female hides her cubs and moves then on a regular basis as well. Cutie was seen the first time a the day before our arrival. No greater boon can anyone desire than to drive into this scene. We were four photographers, and the flashes kept firing for nearly 10 minutes while she was just starring down at us. The picture is only slightly cropped on the left. This is NOT the same post as the two on TE. The photograph illustrates clearly how well camouflaged she is, hoe difficult to detect if immovable. Next post, at the killing tree.

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Callie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1101 W: 95 N: 2610] (7555)
Levels & Glass filter.
Edited by:gerhardt Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1936 W: 244 N: 4106] (11620)

Callie, I just played around with it. I toggled the level settings in PS. Then selected the eyes with magnetic lasso. Run a new filter I downloaded, called glass. The filter is used to enhance glass and eyes. I hope it does not look unnatural. Please tell what you think.