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Monday, September 22, 2014

Cats and Dogs

All summer long, a bobcat has been walking past a trail camera next to our house that has a super bright flash.
The flash doesn't seem to bother her... she has visited very regularly for months, leaving territorial scrapes and scat in strategic spots near our house.
I was surprised by her behavior. Usually, bobcats start avoiding trail cameras that flash brightly after a few passes. I've shown you only 2 photos but the camera captured many many more.

Well, I discovered one reason why she might have been staying in a small territory over the past couple of months. There's a bobcat in the foreground of the next photo, and there's another one in the background. I think the bobcat in the foreground is a kitten!!!!!!!!!!!

Yipee! I love getting glimpses of our wildlife's secret world like this. The funniest part is that the dogs and I were probably on the deck a very small distance from these two sneaky cats!

Although we have bobcats around our house regularly, I've never captured photos of a mountain lion near our house. They seem to give the road and the houses a wide berth. I have trail cameras that are around a half mile from our house, deeper in the forest, that see mountain lions regularly.

Just recently, I captured photos of a lion heading through our neck of the woods.
His attention was caught by the scents at the base of a bear marking tree that he was passing, and he turned suddenly.
Then, he lay down to sniff the scents more closely. Almost every animal who passes a bear marking tree slows down to sniff the ground below it.
I loved how his tail remained taut while he laid still to sniff.
Some animals, including some mountain lions, will even roll around to leave their own scent under these trees. This guy didn't - he hurried on his way.
It is the season when I find that my trail cameras get far less wildlife traffic going past them than the rest of the year. I suspect that some of the animals take advantage of the huge elevation differences over short distances in our area. So, at this time of year, they can walk 5 miles and drop by 3,000' in elevation - which makes a huge difference in the weather. It's much more summer-like down lower than here.

The leaves haven't even started to change yet at lower elevations. At our elevation, almost all the leaves have turned color.
Here, autumn is in full swing, and winter is not far behind. So, my Shyla and I are making the most of these colorful days!


  1. Great pictures as always. And I agree, enjoy the colors while they're here!

  2. You definitely have lovely color! How cool that you got such a neat surprise, too!

  3. Very cool! Love the wildlife shots, and that last picture is gorgeous. Envious of your fall weather and colors! Still feeling pretty summery here in So Cal. After a too-hot winter last year, fire-season spring and hot summer, I'm so ready for some cool weather!

  4. I always love looking at your trail camera shots! That bobcat is so cool!! :D

  5. Just fascinating. can't believe the bobcat isn't worried about the flash.

  6. Interesting point about the elevation change. Our leaves haven't begun to change color but at elevation in Grayson we saw a difference over just the week we were camping. And driving down the mountain and across the state back to sea level the temperature difference was about twenty degrees!

    LOVE the bobcat photos and most of all the kitten!

  7. Guess that bobcat enjoys having a picture taken...


  8. Your colors are glorious! WE are heading up to Leadville and Aspen tomorrow and I'm hoping the trees will be spectacular-though we might have missed the peak. Thanks for sharing those cats with us-they are so beautiful!!! Have a great day my friend.

  9. Lots of reds and oranges here but the only cats around our house are decidedly domestic - thanks for sharing your cool photos!

  10. I think that Bobcat knows it looks good and is used to the pawperatzi snapping her photo as a top cat model. ;)

    I wonder if Winston will get that big?

  11. The bobcat is awesome. And kittens, fantastic!

  12. So cool to experience the cats firsthand and a kitten!
    Lily & Edward

  13. Fantastic photos! I hike all the time but would be terrified if I ran into a big cat!

  14. We love those photos and you have more cats than we do!

  15. The kitties are very nice but we love the shot of you best, Shyla!

    Love ya lots♥
    Mitch and Molly

  16. We have Bobcats in our area as well and have seen them very near our house. Glad the mountain lions give you a wider berth.

  17. So much activity that we are usually oblivious to! Love those trail cameras!

    Your Pals,

    Murphy & Stanley
    Join us for our "Mystery Kiss" episodes on Sept. 23, 25, 27, 29, 30 and Oct 1!

  18. I think you are right about the bobcat and kitten. Great snaps! Have you seen the images Smithsonian has been posting in the past couple of days, of the genet that is routinely hanging out aboard a rhino or buffalo? I thought of you right away. Worth a look!

  19. Very beautiful
    thank you for sharing your world!


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