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Saturday, March 16, 2013

A Bobcat

Based on my trail cameras, we've known for a while that bobcats regularly come through our clearing in daylight.

This bobcat clambered over a pile of slash to get into our clearing.
Then he sniffed an area that coyotes mark all the time.
After sniffing, he left in a hurry, showing us that he was actually a decent-sized bobcat when he stood tall.

Yesterday, around sunset, we noticed a bobcat hunkered down under a pine tree next to our birdfeeders. He chose to lie on a snow-free patch of ground under the tree and blended into the patch almost seamlessly.

Inconveniently, he had some bare rose bush branches between me and him.
The birdfeeder area was strangely devoid of any squirrels or ground-feeding birds. I wonder why? Mr. Bobcat stayed for quite a while, even appearing to doze off occasionally.
We had a window open for me to take photos, and I accidentally bumped something, catching his attention.
What an amazing creature! I feel lucky that I had a powerful lens, loaned to me by a friend, to capture his handsome face.

Because we were having fun watching the bobcat, we were late for our evening walk. We arrived up high just as the clouds faded from a brilliant pink to a gray tinged with pink.
Those clouds have stuck around, giving us a mostly overcast day. We're having a "Zen" day, relaxing quietly.
I hope that you're having a great Saturday! Thanks for all of the kind comments yesterday. I've stopped being anxious since I know that no news will come before Monday. There's no point in ruining my weekend over it!


  1. Hi Y'all!

    What a beautiful Bobcat!

    We're keeping you in our thoughts with paws crossed. I know my Humans have added you to their prayer list.

    Y'all come by now,
    Hawk aka BrownDog

  2. Shyla? You can do zen? I'm hoping I get there -- though yesterday when I met my new trainer for the first time I was totally relaxed! BOL!!


  3. Rose bushes or not those are great pictures of the bobcat. We are having a good weekend here so I hope yours continues to be as zen as it can be.


  4. I personally love the shot of the bobcat with the bare rose bush branches. And what a beautiful sunset shot. I could just sit and look at that all evening long. MOM and I took a serious hike through the woods today. It was amazing and we paused at one point to think of you KB.

  5. What a beautiful creature.

    Enjoy your weekend :)

  6. The Bobcat pix you took are just terrific! I think the bare rose bush just adds to the interest of the scene.

    Thinking good thoughts for you!

    Jo, Stella and Zkhat

  7. Beautiful photos again. Hope you're having a great weekend!


  8. Amazing photos in your last two posts--Zen is exactly the word, what true tranquility and peace you enjoy--I think the bobcat knew that too and that's why it stayed for awhile.

  9. Ah,just look at the devotion in Shyla's eyes! Still holding you closely in our thoughts and prayers.

  10. You are so lucky to have a good camera lens and great subjects.

    XXXOOO Daisy, Bella & Roxy

  11. What fabulous photos! The bobcat images are just amazing, as are the other photos. It's fun to see Shyla's quiet side. I'm glad you were able to put your anxiety on hold and enjoy your weekend. We think of you each day and hope for the best.

    Susan and Wrigs

  12. What a lovely, fascinating creature!

  13. Your bobcat sure is a beauty. We have one here hanging out by the pond in our back yard. Have not been able to get close enough to capture a clear picture.

    We're sorry we're late to read yesterdays posting. We are praying so hard for you KB. We are always here for you.


    Lily is in the ICU tonight, so we've got load's of prayers being sent up for you both!

  14. I think it is wonderful that you don't even have to go out looking for it, nature finds you at your front door, or window, just about anywhere you turn.

    A Zen weekend to you all
    Bert and My Vickie

  15. Khyra says she wants a bobkhat of her own!

    Of course, we wish you a Happy SPD!

    Guinness in moderation of course!

  16. very cool!! glad you are having a zen weekend!

  17. Wow! Amazing photos of the bobcat.

    We're thinking good thoughts for you!

  18. What beautiful shots, KB! We just love the sky shot. It's so pretty!

    Love ya lots,
    Mitch and Molly

  19. Hi KB, I came across your blog a while back and found the inspirational words and beautiful pictures made it a very soothing experience to check on a daily basis. I've only just caught up on your recent entries which continue to inspire, particularly your determination and strength in the face of chronic pain. I struggle with depression and it is wonderful to read such inspiring words - not to mention the stunning images! Fingers crossed for both the health of you and your dogs.

  20. Bobcats are stunning creatures...and made even more stunning by your beautiful photography. I think the rose brambles in the photo add to it, not detract from it :)

    Wishing you all the best with whatever news you get on Monday...I hope it's good news though!

  21. Keeping our paws tightly crossed for you!

    The bobcat photos are amazing - Murray was just amazed looking at them.

    Love that last photo of Shyla looking at you too - very special.

    Thinking of you,
    Clive & Co

  22. I do love your cat pictures most of all your wildlife images! These are stunning!
    I am in the process of setting up an inexpensive little wifi cam for the goat barn (during kidding season) and last night and today I fooled around with it outside to get a bit of a handle on how it works. Last night I saw an infrared image of a skunk just in time to open the back door and see the skunk hurry away (whew! My dog has a long learning curve re skunks!) and today I blogged the first daytime "wildlife" shots of my Jersey Giants. I expect things will actually become more exciting when I find out what the goats get up to in the barn!

  23. The bobcat almost looks like a domestic cat if it weren't for the ear tufts. With nothing as a size reference, you just can't tell...

    And the pink/blue/gray sunset is GORGEOUS! One of your prettiest scenes yet and that's really saying something with how lovely all your shots are!

  24. Wow! Wow! Wow! I so envy your place in the world when you feature such magnificent wildlife photos. This is way over the top!

  25. Wow. Those are amAzing shots! For the record, I'm not sure I'd be all that eager to go out for a run knowing that handsome fella was in the vicinity. :O

    He's a big guy. Looks healthy. too. We don't get many around here but they happen. They don't get nearly that big and sure as heck ain't that chubby! He's a beauty and I'm so glad you stopped to take pictures instead of trying to shoot him off.

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