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Saturday, July 16, 2011

Cats in the night

In the middle of the night, a mountain lion moved stealthily through our forest.
He was moving briskly and his image blurred.
I think that he/she is a different lion from the one who recently walked up and down a nearby gully for more than a week, probably circling a carcass that he/she was eating. Last night's lion had a different type of radio/GPS collar than the previous lion. I think that both of these lions were females because they left no scrapes. Males tend to scrape and urinate all along their routes to mark their territory.

In the darkness of night, it's primarily our cats who are active, yet this bobcat most definitely did not want to meet the mountain lion. A lion will kill and eat a bobcat.
In the sunlight of daytime, I've been enjoying the fluttering of butterflies among the brightly colored wildflowers. What a contrast from the mountain lion and bobcat photos.
Locoweed (Oxytropis lambertti) seems to attract butterflies more than any other flower.
Locoweed is dominating our meadow presently, and the Duo love sprinting through it.
Since K's toe amputation, R always wins the races. But, they both have fun!
R is at the tiptop of his physical prime. Watching him glide and leap through the meadows and forest is like watching a ballet.
It has stormed almost every evening for a week. K's fur glowed in ray of sunshine with storm clouds behind her.
After posing, she beseeched me to give her some treats.
Time to head home before another big thunder storm at the end of a summer day.

15 comments:

Trailblazer said...

Excellent feline photos, as usual!

Also beautiful country you live in.

Maggie Mae said...

Meow dat is one big kitteh! :) Your days are always filled wif beauty!

Woofs and Licks,
Maggie Mae

The Thundering Herd said...

Always stunned at the beauty and majesty of the big cats.

Kristin G. said...

You didn't think K does all that posing for nothing, right? It's all about the treats in our household. :)

♥I am Holly♥ said...

Those big cats that roam through the area are quite interesting to watch! K and R look like they are having lots of fun. The place where you live is gorgeous! Lots of love, Debbie & Holly

Sammie and Avalon said...

ALways amazing to see what you have in your backyard! The wildlife - fauna and flora are amazing and so vivid! And those photos of K and R are so beautiful and full of excitement! And that last photo leaves me breathless - oh how gorgeous is Colorado!
xoxoxo
Sammie, Avalon, Oz and Mom

houndstooth said...

Those big cats are something else!

I love those shots of K and R! They just look so happy and carefree!

Ruby's Raiser said...

Those cam pix are always so exciting!

Glad to see that everyone is looking strong and happy. :)

~Kim at Golden Pines~ said...

I was so taken in this post how much life there is around you all the time--Each so different but exists in harmony.

Louise said...

Both K and R shine with basic good health (despite K's recent illness) and show the evidence of good, consistent care. They are beautiful dogs.

I always enjoy the cat pictures you capture, but, I enjoy, even more the pictures of your beautiful countryside. I had no idea that locoweed had such beautiful flowers. To me, it's always just been the plant that you can't let your horses eat because it can kill them.

Mr. Pip said...

Those cats are so beautiful but so creepy at the same time! Had no idea a lion would kill a bobcat? That's kind of strange.

Your pal, Pip

the booker man said...

miss KB,

i didn't know that a mountain lion would kill a bobcat either! wow!
the pictures of the butterflies on the locoweed are really neato!
i'm sorry that miss K got that icky kidney infection, but i'm really glad she is feelin' better-er and better-er each day!

*woof*
the booker man

pee s -- my mama says i do the exact same thingie with my lip as miss K in the pic where she's askin' for a treat. teehee. :)

Joe said...

Great shots of the butterfly.

Hector, Lola, and Tony said...

Hi there! We just found your blog and love it! Great pictures! -Hector, Lola, and Tony

Barb said...

That last photo is perfection! I love the "treat please" look!