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In the sprint  by AlesGola In the sprint  by AlesGola
Young male cougar (puma concolor) enjoying its sprint in a fresh snow. Taken with captive bread animal, Heralec, Czech Republic.
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I live in Western Canada where mountain lions/cougars (sometimes called pumas) are a part of the environment. They are a hazard and there is a saying here when you go hiking "You see a cougar once - you're lucky; you see it twice - you've got problems as it's hunting you." Because the animal is cautious and careful most pictures of cougars tend to be pretty static with it just wandering along a trail or snarling from a tree.

Your picture pays homage to its true nature. Technically I see no flaw. The cat is in strong dynamic motion yet the focus is razor sharp with no hint of blurring. The colouring is natural and when combined with the blurred, subdued background allows you to study the animal in detail. How could you not admire the intense gaze in its eyes, how it powers off its back legs and the extension of its club-like tail for balance. Wonderful picture that will become one of my favourites.
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Anoya Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2015   Photographer
I've featured your work here in this article: APN Suggestion Saturday #36! All these features have been suggested to me as a DD when I was still a CV Heart
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itachixsakura7777 Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2015
beautiful 
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amzimme Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Holy cow, what a great action shot! I love the snowy, white/blue background--it makes the cougar stand out amazingly, and look at those giant paws and big ol' tail, the ears forward and entirely focused, and the mouth slightly open... The whole photo conveys anticipation and action, and really shows the power of a cougar. Amazing!
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initialfantasy Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
This is majestic. 
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:iconmshardrockangel:
One of the best pictures I've ever seen! 
Amazing!
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Misgaeroten Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2014
Great shot !!
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MADCALIMERO Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2014
magnifique photo!!!
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Wishingdust Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2014
It is a good picture of the cougar but the placement of the animal is a bit bothering me, being in the middle and the head facing the end where the action is going to take place, makes me feel like I am out of space, you should have cut it so it would have had more space for the cougar to make the leap towards to, what I'm saying is that my problem is with the composition, you could look up a few basic composition tips when making a photograph, I hope it's a constructive criticism...sometimes it's okay to break the rules, but  this picture could have had more space
overall I like the colors and the sharpness and the cougar has a nice expression and pose too, like it's leaping towards me
keep up the good work! wildlife photography is hard!
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914four Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful animal, awesome capture!
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beachelf Featured By Owner May 31, 2014
:iconclappingplz::iconclappingplz::iconclappingplz::iconclappingplz: Bravo!
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Growlie26 Featured By Owner May 17, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is such an awesome shot.
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yavuzozer Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2014  Professional Photographer
nice timing. strong sharpness and framing. congratulations.
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:iconalesgola:
AlesGola Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks :). Necessary to say, one of about 200 pictures taken with this playfull kitty.
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PhillyBlue Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Dude, where you scared?
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:iconalesgola:
AlesGola Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Not really, the kitty was pretty much under control of its owner. And I was packed in 4 layers of clothes, so not very likely to be injured even in case of the cat were scared an would attack.  
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PhillyBlue Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The kitty? Its owner?
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s-kmp Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2014
:w00t: Congratulations, this lovely piece has been featured here Animal Feature 18 at :iconanimal-portraits:

Keep up the great work  :)
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:iconalesgola:
AlesGola Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks for the feature :).
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s-kmp Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2014
You're most welcome :)
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Eldehwen Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2014
Splendid! :love:
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Wow
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SilverVulpine Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Marvelous action shot. This is wonderful. :)
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BinaBaby25 Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
amazing <3
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AshWolf-Forever Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2014  Professional General Artist
Very good shot here.
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:iconjemejj:
jemejj Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2014
Beautiful picture of a beautiful animal. Looking at your gallery I can see your love and respect for the animals.
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:iconalesgola:
AlesGola Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you. Animals are worth every bit of respect and protection people can give them. 
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IceFlame1019 Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
kitty <3
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icmb94 Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2014  Student Digital Artist
I love how its tongue is slightly sticking out of its mouth :P
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brijome Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2014  Professional Photographer
Great shot!
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NB-Photo Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Very beautifully captured, and crisply sharp.
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AlesGola Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Thaks :).
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NB-Photo Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
You're welcome. It's really magnificent!
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bluemju Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Woooah...awww..I love the picture and the great puma ♥
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HelgjeD Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2014
Magnificent photo of a beautiful animal.
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AgonizingSwordfish Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer

Hello there, :wave: 

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Have a lovely day! :)

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AlesGola Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you for including the photo to the poll :).
 
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AgonizingSwordfish Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer

You're welcome :)

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Michalius89 Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2014
Fantastic work love it Clap Clap Clap Clap 
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TerrylovesBoobs Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2014
Nooooooooooo, I didn't say it was Dreamies treat time yet! *gets bowled over*
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JackDrask Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2014
kitty La la la la 
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greg404 Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2014
That's a great pic and also my favorite wildcat!
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queenmotherbug Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2014
Spectacular shot of a beautiful cat in motion!  :-)

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nk-chan Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
His winter coat is incredible. THAT TAIL. :heart:
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:iconalesgola:
AlesGola Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Yap, they are great furball ;).
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Arctic-Cat Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This is an amazing photo!
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WillemSvdMerwe Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2014
A very cool kittie!
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Fierwalk Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2014
kitty
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DogwitchFan Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2014
"Awww. Who's a big fluffy ahhhhhgh!..."
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waikar3d Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
whoo awesome
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Nickkapfoto Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Very beautiful. Great picture.


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February 6, 2014
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Jan 25, 2014, 12:27:39 PM
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