Glare of those Eyes.
If you read and you get a chance to read Jim Korbett, Ruskin Bond or Rudyard Kipling and their Stories of Leopard then the very first alluring intro will be The Glare Of Those Eyes.These guys have described the Leoperd so well that whenever I get a chance to see a Leoperd,Their Stories started motioning in front of me.
Few years back,when I had just finished my school,I got my first camera which was a point and shoot digital one, I visited my native and was quite excited about having some amazing snaps as it was kind of a place with hills,green meadows, forests, springs. One evening I was on a stroll with a cousin of mine, Sun was sitting behind the hills and we were walking through terrace fields of village(Terrace fields as it is a Himalayan village) talking about the frequent encounters of village people with the Leopards and other wild animals and struggles of humans as well as of wild animals. While he was telling me a story of his beholding of a she Leopard and her two cubs, I asked him " How amazing it would be that I right now get a chance to see a Leopard". I was quite excited about the idea and was keep asking him how,when and where I can get chance to see em.Actually at that time I was taking this thing very lightly as it might be an easy task to see a Leopard or something and capture it in your camera,I wasn't aware of the jeopardy of the wilderness.
Luckily we were just talking about my desire and the very next moment we got a silhouette in front of sitting sun,we were standing at the edge of a field,there was a ravine with a 100ft depth, a runnel was flowing there but we could only heard the sound of streaming water as it was covered with carrot grass or Parthenium hysterophorus, At the other slope of valley, there were terrace farms same as it were at the slope we were standing at but the opposite slope was a little bushy as those were the abandoned farms. At the edge of slope it was standing in front of half sitting sun,so that we were only able to see the huge silhouette. My wish had been fulfilled and then slowly it started descending in valley, I got one more Idea to wait there for it to come more closure so that I could capture it in my cyber cam.It had came down and just got disappear after reaching to the spring where there were lots of carrots grass bushes making a perfect hiding place for it. We were sitting there still and calm waiting for it to be appeared from those bushes that abruptly I heard a growl from the edge of a terrace farm behind us,I turned back and found my Cousin standing shocked and terrified and then I got my gaze on a yellowish shape with beautiful black spots on it,as a masterpiece of a painter and then I got a Glare of those Eyes. It had just appeared from no where, staring at us without any sense of fear or perturbation,a vigor growl reverberating in the aura and a demeanor showing its puissance. I felt a shiver of fright as well as a delight of Beauty.
At that time I have found how fearless and powerful is nature and what kind of fool I was to disrespect its strength.