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The Chyulu Hills is a special place to me. My first memories of Kenya are indeed there, in the foothills of Mount Kilimanjaro. It formed the beginning of what I am certain will be a lifelong passion for wildlife and the incredibly biodiverse habitats in which they live. Revisiting such a place is a true privilege.
The cheetah is best known for its speed. Running at between 80 and 120Km/h, they are the fastest land mammal to walk the earth. But for me, it is all about their elegance. I think there is something very beautiful about a cheetah sitting in profile, gazing into the distance. Their slender bodies often make for better subjects than leopards. At the time, I wondered what he might be thinking, as there was no prey around in the area. I thought perhaps he is just gazing into the sunset, like we all love to do.
The following morning, I saw him again. However, on this occasion he was with 3 other brothers forming a powerful coalition. It now seems as if he was searching for his brothers on the evening before. It all makes sense, perched at the top of a hill on the lookout for his lost brothers.
The hill presented an opportunity to photograph him from a low perspective, framing him against the sky; a favoured technique of mine. This photograph was taken at 400mm, unusual for me but I could sense he would not allow me closer without moving away, but it allowed me to capture the scene as if he did not even know I was there.
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