4.9.09

OUT OF THE
SHADOWS

Look at these stunning pictures of snow leopards
in India's Hemis National Park by
photographer Steve Winter.

Snow leopards don't care much for company. So to get close,
Steve deployed a series of camera traps that automatically
snapped pictures whenever an animal crept near.

The result is a set of intimate portraits that expands our
vision of a legendary recluse. "I sometimes dislike
camera traps because they don't always reflect
my vision," Steve says. "But maybe that's
because the animal itself takes the pictures!"
As few as 3,500 of these endangered
cats survive in the wild at Central
Asia's mountains.


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