I recently compiled my favorite photo moments of this past year, and was looking back on my 2017 list. This was my favorite wildlife shot from that year, and looking at it again gets me excited to head back to Patagonia in May. I’m reposting it here on the new site.
Quick background on this moment, for those that missed it the first time: My clients and I were driving back to our hotel at the end of the day in Torres del Paine National Park in Chile. A wet autumn snow had begun to fall and we were joking about how great it would be to find a puma in the snow. And then our driver spotted one! Not just in the snow, but hiding out under a very colorful–Christmas-like, I thought–bush on the edge of a stand of trees that had been charred by wildfire. It was a magical combination of elements, only made better by the fact that two little cubs began peeking out from behind mom.
Two keys that made this image work, aside from the great setting and subjects: First, we lucked out that they were near the road. You are not allowed to venture off-road or off-trail in the national park, so this was photographed from the vehicle. Second, the snowfall was pretty heavy, so I knew we should take a lot of photos in hopes of landing some where no big flakes were obscuring the faces of the cats. I guess it worked out.
Minus 1/3 exp. comp.