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Athena's Meaner!

By LynneJoyce  
I finally got round to editing some more of my big cat images so it is back to WHF for some Savage SundayShots (can't beat a bit of alliteration)!

A Black Jaguar this time and of all the big cats seen that day, the Jaguars were undoubtedly the scariest. An American big cat, the jaguar is largely a solitary, opportunistic, stalk-and-ambush predator at the top of the food chain. It is a keystone species, playing an important role in stabilizing ecosystems and regulating the populations of the animals it hunts. The jaguar has an exceptionally powerful bite, even relative to the other big cats.This allows it to pierce the shells of armoured reptiles and to employ an unusual killing method: it bites directly through the skull of prey between the ears to deliver a fatal bite to the brain. For a demo see here - Now that is scary!

Quite a tricky subject to photograph a) because she never stopped moving b) because she exuded attitude and c) because of the very dark fur. Though known as the black jaguar they are not evenly jet black and if you look closely you can see the spotted markings. I have tried to give you a variety of shots here including V2 which contains an extremely subtle self portrait. Sorry that 6 & 10 and 4 & 9 are so similar. They are in fact different shots, but Athena hasn't been to photographic modelling school yet and has a limited range of poses! Thank you for looking and I hope you enjoy some of them.

Tags: Pets and captive animals Wildlife and nature

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CarolG 11 199 20 Greece
19 Aug 2012 5:58PM
A wonderful set, Lynne, and excellent textures in her fur, she is a beauty, though could probably be very mean Smile Carol

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wnbeat 12 56 Scotland
19 Aug 2012 6:14PM
Superb set and a fantastic animal, there are rumours we have these on the loose up here.. Smile Re the horny devil are you ever too old to be h**** lol
ronboy 8 2 Scotland
19 Aug 2012 6:17PM
great photo - really beautiful animal -congrats
SlowSong Plus
9 7.4k 30 England
19 Aug 2012 6:20PM
All of them wonderful. What a beauty. I love the eye shots but am drawn to the contemplative vision that is V8.
carper123 Plus
6 1.1k 8 United Kingdom
19 Aug 2012 6:24PM
Awesome Lillian and the presentation is superb, the black border is very complimentary. V1 for me.
Well done.
Darryl. x SmileSmileSmile
LynneJoyce Plus
9 20 99 United Kingdom
19 Aug 2012 6:42PM
EAS 9 1 13 Scotland
19 Aug 2012 6:45PM
Wonderfully fierce looking animal indeed. You've done so well capturing that attitude and superb details in the black fur. When we visited the Rain Forests in S America, so glad I hadn't read your info first, as this was one of the animals we were told lived there!!

NaturesHaven 6 283 6 England
19 Aug 2012 6:53PM
Must be hungry.........what a great kitty kitty......TongueTongueTongue
achieverswales 7 8 101 Wales
19 Aug 2012 7:23PM
Hi Lynne, great set my favourite is V6 this seems to be uploaded twice V10 with different frames, not to keen on the green background though.


carper123 Plus
6 1.1k 8 United Kingdom
19 Aug 2012 7:46PM
Hi lynne, sincere apologies for getting your name wrong, must be an age thingWink
Really sorry.
Darryl x Smile
GarrathE 9 4 United Kingdom
19 Aug 2012 7:53PM
v7 really exudes the attitude! But for me the v2 eye shot is the one.
19 Aug 2012 7:53PM
V4 has a determination about it, a very fine animal and set

Jasper87 Plus
8 2.0k 150 England
19 Aug 2012 7:54PM
Insult to injury there, Lynne, he's calling you old now!!! Tongue

Lovely set, and v9 has some wonderful subtle markings on the face.

rayme330 6 17 1 United Kingdom
19 Aug 2012 8:23PM
Absolutely cracking series, Lynne. I love the facial expression in V1, full of menace. Great framing too.

taggart Plus
13 47 13 United States
19 Aug 2012 8:28PM
My vote is for v7-- artistic and descriptive. I love how the oof parts make a grid to emphasize the eyes!

Also impressed overall byt the subtle fur variations--superb focusing on this grand animal!
NeilWigan Plus
7 17 16 England
19 Aug 2012 8:46PM
Good set Lynne and very impressive video via the link.Thanks.
19 Aug 2012 9:03PM
A wonderful set of images - a delight to view.
RonnieAG Plus
8 154 118 Scotland
19 Aug 2012 9:13PM
Could not pick a favourite from this excellent set of this magnificent big cat, Lynne: what a superb predator, beautifully marked as seen in V 5.
Irishkate Plus
7 41 114 United Kingdom
19 Aug 2012 10:19PM
V1 and V7 for me.
V7 is excellent whether by fault or design - framing one eye to great advantage.
Great presentations especially Animal Skin frames.
Good work
xwang 9 56 8
19 Aug 2012 10:44PM
Excellent set,Lynne.
She is a bit scaring, but really beautiful, even though I still don't want to meet her in dark..Grin
The details of the images are superb. You are right, I believe that the dark fur +its restless made it difficult to get a good detail, but you managed it beautifully.
Very interesting eye.. I have never seen such a detailed one looks less round as a cat one..beautiful clean image, very well done.
9 10 10 England
19 Aug 2012 11:07PM
So big and strong and so handsome too. Enjoyed every ond.
Ray42 10 3 England
20 Aug 2012 6:40AM
A great set Lynne - enjoyed them all - I didn't get any shots of this one - I was crowded out - so seeing these made me realise what a beautiful cat this was
annettep38 Plus
6 218 40 Costa Rica
20 Aug 2012 7:10AM
I must knot show this to Fafnir.... He might feel depressed Wink
Wonderful set the are alll great but the eye is my fav.
CaroleS Plus
8 433 3 United Kingdom
20 Aug 2012 7:28AM
Athena sounds like a lady? She certainly has attitude, just my kind of cat. The posture, the look which says 'just don't argue with me' and the fur detail, very well captured Lynne.
A great set of this wonderful creature. So hard to choose but I will
go for V1 as its a magic pose. Well done. WesternRed.
AnnChown Plus
8 207 1 United Kingdom
20 Aug 2012 7:51AM
Must have been so difficult with the black fur but they're all beautifully taken Lynne!
barbarahirst 9 27 12 United Kingdom
20 Aug 2012 8:01AM
Areally great set ..
but I tell you I wouldnt like to meet her.
Your images just say that she is in charge.
BydoR9 7 9 United Kingdom
20 Aug 2012 9:19AM
Nice shots!
KingBee Plus
12 529 2 Scotland
20 Aug 2012 9:42AM
Excellent set, with v10 probably being my favourite (I think the furry border works well).


TrevBatWCC Plus
9 12 12 England
20 Aug 2012 2:34PM
She certainly does look mean, Lynne! Wink A super set, and I'm going to be different and go for V2 as my fave Smile
Trev Smile
Tibetan 5 3 England
20 Aug 2012 2:58PM
Like them all and the thing that amused me was! he was very attentive then tried to show indifference as if not interested lol. regards Leon.GrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrin
20 Aug 2012 3:26PM
A great set of a great cat Esp when it is a big & black
Billyray 10 70 3 United Kingdom
20 Aug 2012 7:20PM
A superb set Lynne. All are excellent but V2 followed closely by V6 for me. Great work.
Lillian Plus
8 22 17 United Kingdom
20 Aug 2012 9:04PM
Well captured all Lynne, as was a very difficult one to get, being so dark and you managed the patterns so well
no favourite
as know how difficult and you have done well
pdcche 7 4 United Kingdom
20 Aug 2012 11:10PM
Great set of images Lynne, V1 for me, Peter..
mikbee 11 3 8 Scotland
21 Aug 2012 12:09AM
That sounds some savage bite it has Lynne,and for someone who passes out when I have a nose bleed at the sight of blood,I think I will give your link a miss !!
Surprised to see the spots and brownish marks too.I recall a visit to the zoo when I saw some zebras.I always thought they were black and white but they were more dark brown and white.Perhaps that was just my eyes though !!.
Good set.
ChiliMan 11 135 17 Singapore
21 Aug 2012 10:31AM
Fascinating! I once read that black panthers are black versions of leopards. But I'd never heard of black jaguars! I've always thought jaguars were scarier than leopards. Not only more massive but good swimmers. Vs 1, 4, 6, 9 and 10 show how menacing they can look.

This is one helluva set, Lynne. And VERY composed non-frying pan reflection in V2 Grin

I gotta say my favourite two here are Vs 7 and 10. And your presentation of each pic is very cool. Saw the link too. Gosh...impressive hunters, these things!

By the way, will e-mail you pic of latest ultrafirmset jam after I'm finished with EPZ Smile

LynneJoyce Plus
9 20 99 United Kingdom
21 Aug 2012 12:14PM
For those not in the know about Andrew's comment, he is my jam making student in the Far East!
ChiliMan 11 135 17 Singapore
21 Aug 2012 4:25PM
Sure am SmileSmile

Now I said above that I'd never heard of black jaguars but I've just realised I had seen Lillian's shot recently! It somehow didn't twig that that was a black jaguar and not a black panther.
moiral 8 12 Scotland
21 Aug 2012 9:40PM
Brilliant set of shots Lynne. V9 my favourite, looks to be giving you a mean, sly kind of smirk. Wonder what is going through her mind there.
I still haven't mastered your wonderful frames and here you come up with hairy ones GrinGrinGrinGrin. I do hope they are faux fur LOL. Moira
meniko 7 Cyprus
21 Aug 2012 11:03PM
a great set ! like the different frames most of all the fur-frame Smile
Thank you , Lynne
PaulLiley 9 2 13 United Kingdom
23 Aug 2012 5:33PM
Wow amazing animal. V2 eye close up is superb. Paul
Ridgeway 11 222 2 Ireland
26 Aug 2012 3:03AM
2,6 and 10 What a fantastic beast to have photographed.
Loving the close eye shot the fence enhances the shot IMO
Great set,

Chinga Plus
7 3 1 United Kingdom
29 Aug 2012 8:14AM
This is such an impressive animal...
Fierce and mesmerizing look on those eyes... Very well captured. IB
ZoeKemp 5 31 England
31 Oct 2012 9:28AM
lovely Jaguars portraits. he has a serious look on his face in V1. Beautiful looking animal
Misty56 10 22 1 United Kingdom
6 Nov 2012 10:18PM
That stare, , great shot
JuBarney 6 26 3 United Kingdom
8 Nov 2012 10:07PM
Wow, what amazing sharp shots; really super.

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