African Leopard {Panthera pardus} 'Luiperd'

Maree Clarkson

Tarlton, South Africa

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Black Pilot FineLiner ink sketch and W&N watercolour on Amedeo 200gsm
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An African Leopard (Panthera pardus pardus) sunning himself on some rocks. Powerful, graceful and arguably one of the most beautiful of all the large cats, the elusive leopard is a master of stealth and survival.
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In the Cape Province south of the Orange River (South Africa), they have been largely eradicated by stock farmers except in rugged mountainous areas. The Cape Leopard that lives in the Cape mountain range is much smaller than its big cousins in the Limpopo region. Their diet is probably the contributing factor, consisting mostly of dassies and much smaller prey.
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The leopard lingered in the sun
Almost at close of day,
With all its hours almost done
And fast to ebb away…
The leopard let his memories
Remind him now and then,
Because he knew each day must cease
When moonlight shone again.
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This day had seen new life, new death,
That’s how time passes by…
We understand while we draw breath
Until our final sigh…
The leopard knew his time was near,
Just like the sun above,
Yet leopards are not prone to fear,
That’s why they still share love…
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His cubs were waiting down below,
As he watched like a king…
To see time like a river flow
To outlive everything…
Some day his cubs would watch in turn,
As their cubs played a while…
With each new day something to learn…
Some joy to raise a smile…
(The poem is based on the magnificent painting by Stephen Gayford called ‘Leopard Sunset’.)


4th December 2011 – FEATURED in “Sketching and Drawings”
*5th December 2011 – FEATURED in “Wild Cats in Their Environment”
6th December 2011 – FEATURED in “Painters Universe”
3rd February 2012 – FEATURED in “Let Animals Stay Free”
2nd November 2012 – FEATURED in “Mozambique”
13th November 2013 – FEATURED in “Serenity”
13th November 2013 – FEATURED by RedBubble in EXPLORE
12th December 2014 – FEATURED in “Everyday Women”

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