We've had the return of winter after a major melt over last weekend. Yesterday, it snowed feathery light flakes all over our world. Shyla and I were out snow biking when the snow fell the hardest.
Over the 6 weeks of human absence, the animal activity was subdued,
mainly due to deep snow. But, the rabbits and the cats endured the
snow and continued using the area. At one camera, a mountain lion walked past,
sinking into the snow with each paw. I believe this is the same mountain lion whose photos I showed you from another (less snowy) site a few days ago.
I am awed by these animals
and their ability to survive such harsh conditions. The area where these photos were taken is usually substantially colder (5-10°F colder) than anyplace else in our neck of the woods. Yet, the cats, with their thick coats, still patrol the area in the depth of winter.