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    Default Pictures of big cats up close‎

    These amazing pictures bring a whole new meaning to coming face to face with danger.
    Photographer Jonathan Griffiths risked his life as he took these breathtaking shots, just inches from tigers, bears and cougars, capturing the moment a lion came so close it was pawing at his lens.
    In one shot a tiger left condensation on his lens with its breath.

    Cool cat: The Siberian tiger seems unfazed by the frosting of snow covering its face



    Leaping cougar: The dramatic shots were taken in the Montana mountains as the photographer endured bitter -40 degree celsius temperatures


    A fine set of fangs: A black leopard bares its teeth



    Call of the wild: These brown bears let out an almighty roar



    Brave: Jonathan Griffiths checks the images on his camera



    The 32-year-old currency trader from Egham in Surrey endured bitter -40 degree celsius temperatures, as he gained the trust of each animal over two to three days.
    The father-of-one enticed them with meat - mainly chicken - to photograph them close-up in the remote American Rockies of Montana, over the past 15 months.
    He got a camera only two years ago as a birthday present from his fiancee, with the intention of photographing their newborn son.
    However, after spending time at the local zoo, Jonathan decided he wanted to take pictures of powerful predators in the wild and researched the best places to spot them.
    He flew to America, where he stayed in a lodge by a wildlife breeding reserve and would wake at 5.30am each day, trekking along mountain trails in search of some of nature's most dangerous predators.
    Jonathan said: 'At first I was quite nervous being so close to the animals, as I did not know what to expect and they are wild.
    'It's a big adrenaline rush. When you're so close you can see the drool dripping onto their jaws and you can't believe it.
    'By far the most nerve-racking animal was the black leopard, which made me fear for my life and I thought it could attack at any moment.'
    Thankfully he, and his camera, survived to tell the tale.

    Rare privilege: Snow leopards are famously elusive



    Mane attraction: A lion comes up to Jonathan's camera in the American Rockies

    Smaller prey: An American Badger is caught on camera









    Danger: A pack of grey wolves tear into their prey, alert to the fact there are people nearby



    Standing tall: A brown bear rears up imposingly



    Paws for thought: Taking some time out



    Earning his stripes: A Siberian tiger sizes up Jonathan's lens



    Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/worldnews/article-1278063/Walking-wild-Photographers-stunning-photos-close-natures-dangerous-animals.html#ixzz0nrFqNUAz

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    Wow. Those photos are amazing. I hope he is able to take more of them.

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    I enjoyed looking at these amazing pics. Never have the courage to even attempt it.

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    They have the coolest eyes

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    Beautiful.
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    those pictures are breathtaking .. and not like gwen stefani's kids.
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    When I saw thee I knew they were from a wildlife preserve, but it doesn't detract from the sheer beauty of them at all.
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    That snow leopard is just so beautiful.

    Photographer is a crazy fucker, but wow those are the most amazing shots!!! I hope he lives to see his kid grow up, though. Wow.
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    l love big cats!!! They are mesmerizing to me. I want to know though where did he see a lion in the American Rockies?

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    ^Me too! Or any Rockies for that matter.
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    I was wondering why a lion was in the rockies....lol until crumpet posted it was a wildlife preserve. The animals look beautiful
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    There are really beautiful pictures. But i hope this dude doesn't get too comfy and lets his guard down. Otherwise he'll go ala Timothy Treadwell.

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    wow im amazed! excellent photos!

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    Amazing, but I wouldn't have the balls to be that close.
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    Just love these. Love all the Big Cats and it's exciting that they are in Montana. What a great project.

    The moment I saw this one I thought of Suri Cruise.



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