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Friday, November 16, 2012

Cats at home, Cats in the forest

It's amusing sometimes that I search every square inch of the land in our forest for the perfect places to put my trail cameras, and then I get really cool photos when I just slap a camera to a tree next to my house.

Do you remember the bobcat mother and kitten who we've been following? We first saw them deep in the forest, in a secluded area with almost no human presence.

Well, they've been visiting our house recently. Here's the kitten...
Here's mom. You can clearly see the big size difference between mom and her kitten when you compare the two photos.
Here's the rabbit who hangs out near this spot, getting his photo taken every night. I'm pretty sure that he's the reason for the bobcats prowling so close to our house and vehicles.

Of course, when I scour the corners of the earth for the best place for a trail camera, I get photos like these next three. I believe that this is our mother mountain lion who is staying close to her kittens. I suspect that her kittens are stashed somewhere nearby. I chose this spot for a camera because now I know what the ground looks like after a mountain lion has marked it by rolling and wriggling on it. I spotted a trampled area that shouted "mountain lion" to me, and I captured these photos the very next night!
I'm beginning to wonder if mother mountain lions are particularly prone to this kind of rolling and wriggling behavior. I've never seen it before, not even in trail camera photos taken by others.

We just learned that Shyla does not have a fungal infection so we'll get her x-rayed after Thanksgiving to see whether the bone lesion is changing. Based on the new x-ray, we'll assess whether she needs a bone biopsy. For now, I'm taking the good news and enjoying it, even though we still don't know why she has a lump on her bone.

In the meantime, we're going to be taking a blogging break for the next little while. Life has been too hectic and nerve-wracking lately so some quiet time is just what we need.

Just in case I don't post before then, Happy Thanksgiving. I am truly thankful for the wonderful world that we live in, the gorgeous wildlife all around us, the glorious mountains, and my pack, both human and canine. Last but not least, I am thankful for the support from all of you!


  1. That bunny better watch out. He/she just might be dinner. The photo of the cat with it's legs in the air made my MOM laugh.
    Hope your break is refreshing and renewing. You will be thought of often. I am thank for for you and your pack. You bring so much beautiful into our world.

  2. Enjoy your break, and may there be nothing but good news in the foreseeable future!

  3. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours...enjoy your "time off"!

  4. We echo the comment above ours. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving and enjoy life.

    Hope that bunny stays by your house because he/she would not be safe near this pack:(

  5. Once again you have chosen so well and brought us great photographs. Thanksgiving best wishes to you and the runner, R and Shyla.

  6. Enjoy your time KB, rest, relax, enjoy each day with the beauty that nature gives us. Our support,... we are so grateful you share so much with us, Goose's words said just this, and it is a privilege to be here for you and yours, and if our small contributions help,in any small or larger way, that is what our blog world is about.The bobcats, just like big pussycats, lovely photos, and so close to home.Happy Thanksgiving from Down Under!! Fond greetings from Jean.

  7. I am thankful for folks like you who blog when they can or when they want to and post such interesting pictures. I love your love for your dogs too.

    Happy Thanksgiving!

  8. And a very blessed Thanksgiving to you all there.

    That is good news that there is no infection. We continue to pray for good news for Shyla.

    Lily Belle & Muffin

  9. Wishing you and your family a blessed Thanksgiving. And we'll keep saying prayers for Shyla until she gets a clean bill of health!

  10. Your wildlife pictures are a special treat every time. I've loved wild cats all my life. Your mountain lion pictures are amazing!

    So happy you got some good news about Shyla. I hope it continues!

  11. Enjoy your much deserved R & R (& R)! & Shyla!! We'll keep you in our thoughts!

  12. As many others have said, all of you will be in our thoughts. I think that you have the right attitude about things, seeing the positives in your life and the things to be thankful for, not just at Thanksgiving, but always. Happy Thanksgiving to all of you! (we had ours last month)

  13. Happy Thanksgiving to all of you!! Enjoy some down time. Love the pictures. I stop by every evening to view them.
    Hisqueen1 with Aria and Mikey

  14. Happy Thanksgiving KB!!! I wish good things for you over the next week.

    I am so envious of your "backyard" and wish I had the camera army that you do...those cats are so gorgeous.

  15. BOL - I've never thought of mountain lions as silly before!


  16. Wow....the cats you guys get out-west just blow my mind.

    If I get a Bobcat once a year, I'm happy!

  17. Ann...from...Outer Banks of NC...said...You and your family are just too sweet ...I enjoy every minute when I come here....your love of nature and your beautiful dogs bring such joy....and the pictures on the trail cameras.....its a journey no-one should miss....."old saying...a million miles away is just down the road" and sometimes I know we all feel like we are right there with you.....Have a Happy Thanksgiving ....HUGS

  18. Have a good R&R, a good Thanksgiving, and the same to my fellow readers and writers. Your blog has been a revelation to me.

    Cheers and hugs,


  19. You sure caught a lot of cool cat pictures! I wonder how much longer that rabbit will be staying near your house...

    I'm glad Shyla doesn't have a fungal infection. There's one thing ruled out! Could it possibly be some sort of injury? Whatever it is, I hope you get some answers soon!

    Enjoy your time away!

  20. Thanksgiving's approach reminds me that I don't thank you as often as I should for this terrific, beautiful blog. Thank you so much!

    Hugs to all, and have a wonderful Thanksgiving!


  21. Happy Thanksgiving, KB! Enjoy your much-needed time off.

  22. We are all glad to read your blog and how it is with Shyla and R but you do it when you have time and the feeling for it. We are still here. I haven´t posted since monday because a lot to do and no pictures because its dark so soon.
    Lovely pictures of the bobcat....
    I´m not satisfied with Tyra , she is not quiet well yet after her success on Monday. She eats but something is not ok. If shes like this om Monday I have to visit the vet.
    Hugs from us all!

  23. A roaching mountain lion! What great photos, KB. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving! We'll be thinking of all of you.

    Love ya lots,
    Mitch and Molly

  24. Happy Thanksgiving to all; one of the things I am thankful for this year is your blog, for all the enjoyment it gives me :)

  25. I hope you find the peace you need, and the answers for Shyla.

    Take care!

  26. New to your blog....Love the great cat photos. It must be neat to see such wildlife on a regular basis. About the most exotic critter in my area is a red fox :-) Supposedly coyotes but I've never seen or heard any.....

    Good luck with the bone issues.

  27. Ditto to all of the above. Still keeping our paws crossed for both Shyla and R. It's become our default postion; Jed even sleeps that way sometimes.

  28. Beautiful to watch the wildlife
    Benny & Lily

  29. Whitney says Mom Mountain Lion SOOOOO has the hussy moves down!

    Great shots of all the khats ;-)

    We'll keep all of you and sweet Shyla in our thoughts!

    We are thankful for all you share!

  30. We add that Shyla is free of a fungal infection to the list of things we are thankful for this holiday of gratitude. Enjoy your break and time together, know we are thinking positive thoughts of (and for) you.

  31. Amazing photos as always! Will be keeping beautiful Shyla in our thoughts and prayers that all will be well. Hope you all have a Happy and blessed Thanksgiving.

  32. KB - I have to say that getting to "know" you and be a part of your amazing world in the mountains has been a true blessing for me this year. I am so grateful that you share your love of animals and the glorious nature that surrounds you. It reminds me so much of my son - he enjoyed the outdoors so much in his personal life that he sought to protect it in his professional life. Thanksgiving was his favorite holiday - so I am anxious about this coming week.

    Have a blessed holiday and big hugs to you and your sweet pups and the runner too :):)

    ~Diane and Indy Bones~

  33. Happy Thanksgiving to you too! Enjoy your blogging break and we'll be here when you get back! Hopefully the mystery of the bump on her bone is solved soon and it is nothing serious. :)

  34. I love all of the stuff your camera captures!

    I hope you have a lovely Thanksgiving... keeping you guys in my thoughts.

  35. Truly amazing pics! Love the baby bobcat. What great captures right by your house! I am glad to hear about Shylas results for now. Could her lump be just where she has banged it? I know hubby and I both have lumps in our legs where they have been banged over the years. wouldn't it be nice if it was something that simple. :) Enjoy your break and have a great Thanksgiving! :)

  36. We are sending you wishes for a Happy Thanksgiving time to share with those you love!
    The amazing photos of the "cats" are just spectacular! What a world you live in! We have been blessed in that you share with us.

  37. Best wishes for Thanksgiving!

  38. And we are greatful for your wonderful blog! So happy to hear that gorgeous Shyla does not have a fungal infection-sounds smart that you're taking it one step at a time.

    A lovely Thanksgiving to you all!

    Bocci, Bella (our very small cat) and their Parental Unit

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  40. KB and pack, From our home to yours Happy Thanksgiving. Still praying Shyla just has a bruise which is causing the lump.
    Hugs, Noreen

  41. Stopping by to wish you and yours a very Happy Thanksgiving!!
    xo Jeanne, Chloe and LadyBug

  42. Happy Thanksgiving to all of you! Sending you lots and lots of healthy happy thoughts!

    Waggin at ya,

  43. Happy Thanksgiving to all of you and keep a positive outlook!!!

  44. Hi Y'all,

    Some really "cool cats".

    Y'all come by now,
    Hawk aka BrownDog


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