the sun had just come up over the hill so I was looking almost right into it - made shooting a challenge, that's for sure... We haven't seen him so close again, but they blend so well we may have just missed...
He knew I was there! I was photographing him from inside at first and then he moved a bit further up the hill and lay down where I couldn't see him so I went out onto our front porch. He eventually stood up and did all the usual kitty stretching with me right there - about 50 feet away The "chippendale shot" was him staring right at me - he knew I was there and he was "working it" for sure!!!
LOL - I understand about wind direction/scent I don't know for sure but the predominant direction would have been from him toward me (me downwind) but that time of morning the wind is usually really still... I know that the deer can see us when we're standing by the windows so I'm sure he could too
surprisingly it is just the house! and a husband that looks out the windows often We do have a marvelous place at the end of a road with 1000's of open rolling hills with free range cattle on them so lots of places for the coyotes, deer, etc. to roam...we have put some food out upon occasion with our nightvision trail camera set up but we got more skunks and raccoons than foxes so we don't do that any more
Thank you so much! It was a very challenging lighting situation with the sun just coming up over the hill behind the cat and right in to the lens...that was leaving the hill behind him in shadow...but I couldn't move for fear of him running away so I did the best I could and bless the makers of PhotoShop for giving me tools to make photos out of messes
it was a great morning - you'll find more shots of him in my gallery - right outside my bedroom window The other shots aren't really stock but you can use them for study...if you put anything up here, please link me so I can see what you've done and can add them to my "others art from my photos" gallery
the first time we saw prints was in snow - as our cats were inside we decided it must be a bobcat, later on we got to see the actual critter...after I put these shots up several people jokingly said "trap him and make him a pet"!!! yeah, right Not that I wouldn't love to do so
I took a ton the earliest were very rough due to the dim light and the angle of him curled up - I couldn't see him well in the grass from the windows after he lay down and I didn't want to go outside and disturb him...I got brave later and while these still needed a lot of tweaking in PS there was more light (back light of course, lol) I reallly wanted to go up our driveway and shoot down on him but I decided the porch and him staying put longer had better odds of getting good shots than chancing spooking him... I have a darling 'memory shot' (cute if you know what you're looking at not much artistically) of him rolled over on his back and stretching with his paws up over his head in the air
Oh indeed he did! Not concern a bit with me and my camera I think he was ok with me because he'd seen us watching him through the windows before I came outside...and I didn't approach him, staying out of sight until I was as close as I could get on the porch and still not fully visible - just my head and shoulders above the lavender. But he was fully aware that I was there
Oh WOW Ruth Looks like you got a new Friend for the Property! Congrats! He Beautiful! Keep Bryan away from him you know how he likes to catch things lol. And I'm sure Kate will be trying to get him to sleep with her
I was talking to him - offering him some chicken and such he was soooo unconcerned with me being there taking pictures! But I'm sure if I'd tried to get any closer he'd have bolted And we'd love to have him hang around and catch all the gophers!!
It wagged like a little flag It is kind of interesting - the bobcats I'd see at my old home in southern California had considerably shorter tails than the ones here in the western Sierra foothills east of Sacramento! Must be some kind of genetic variance
If I hadn't seen the ones down south as often as I did then I don't think I would have noticed the difference but when we started seeing the northern 'locals' I wasn't sure at first if we were seeing a bobcat or just a REALLY large house cat because the tail was longer than what we were used to...