Beauty of Noor

I have awkwardly interesting interactions and experiences with this tigress. It all started 4 years back when the entire world was spotting her every day. On the other hand, whenever I took an effort to go see her, she used to leave the usual place and go to another zone. It was like she was mocking me, saying- "You have spent too much time with the tigers of the lakes. Now you shall learn how tough it is to find a tiger in the dry, rough terrain!" An entire season went by and this game of hide and seek went on. Then next season started and she played hard to get. It did lose faith in my luck when it came to sighting Noor. Months after months and trips after trip went by and no sighting for her. It was the year when she had two male cubs. I had already missed the opportunity of seeing Sultan, the male cub from the earlier litter. Here I was thinking its gonna be another year, another set of cubs that I will never see interacting with her. Then the last safari of the season happened. I was in zone 6, waiting at it far end connecting to zone 1. For an hour I waited to look at Noor's and her cub's tracks go toward zone 1. And then the unexpected happened, There she walked on the path coming straight towards me. And with her were her 2 boys. We finally had met. To make it even better, there were no other cars in zone 6 that day. It was this beautiful tigress with her cubs and me. 
It was last season when I took it for granted that the jinx is done and like every tourist, I would come home with many images of Noor and her new litter. Well, that's what I thought and nature never works the way we want. ANother season went by seeing various tigers in Ranthambhore but no Noor and cubs. Then, the last safari of the season 2016-2017 started. I was in a zone where everyone expected Noor to be and she was nowhere to be seen. I gave up on her and went to the far end of the zone. I actually ended up seeing a male cub of T 60. We were the only car spending time with the tiger. Our luck so strong, yet failed to see a tigress everyone saw regularly. We started driving back to the safari gate and saw few cars lined up. Under a tree was Noor sitting quietly. This tigress amazed me. She wasn't scared or pissed by the cars around. She wasn't interested in tourist, yet she was really close to them. She was bold yet discrete. A beauty worth chasing...

Small: A4: 11.69 X 8.27 inches
Medium: A3: 16.53 X 11.69 inches
Large: 2 X 3 feet : 24 X 36 inches