Perhaps he's more obvious in this one?
Then he turned around, preparing to exit left.
It was at about sunset, within a quarter mile of where the Duo and I walk at that time!
You can see that it had snowed recently. I wish that I'd seen his tracks. He must have stayed well outside our little trail network.
What a gorgeous animal - so graceful, lithe, and handsome! And I am so happy to see him without a heavy GPS collar around his neck!
He silently left the area, with none of us knowing that he'd been nearby. Mountain lions travel long distances to find prey. They stay in a small area only when they've got a carcass to feed from or when they have kittens. I think of them as being like sharks - constantly in motion.
We've had a couple of more visits since then but none were in daylight so the photos aren't as nice.