Stare long enough at this shot, and you will start thinking the Jaguar is truly right in front of you and ready to pounce into your lap if you are not careful.
My primary goal of this shot is to exhibit the beauty of this great American feline, by accentuating the Jaguar’s features more prominently (darkened background).
The jaguar is a big cat, a feline in the Panthera genus, and is the only Panthera species found in the Americas. The jaguar is the third-largest feline after the tiger and the lion, and the largest in the Western Hemisphere. The jaguar’s present range extends from Southern United States and Mexico across much of Central America and south to Paraguay and northern Argentina. Apart from a known and possibly breeding population in Arizona (southeast of Tucson), the cat has largely been extirpated from the United States since the early 20th century.