A Bobcat on New Year’s Day!

 

A bobcat, indeed! I started off the new year with a gorgeous walk along the river in the snow. When I came to the final river lookout I turned to walk further toward the mountain which was peeking out from the mist. To my surprise, and his, a cat appeared about four feet away as it cleared the bushes. I saw its wide face with wild eyes and large, dark-tufted ears, and then its body turning all in a leap and its strong hind legs launching its bobbed tail away from me. What a beautiful animal!

I captured only its footprints and the large marks from where it scrambled to turn and run. But it was interesting to see the difference been its light footpads on the way to the river and its deeply marked clawed prints with a slip behind as it whisked away.

I added a couple photos from Google images showing as closely as possible how I saw its face. I couldn’t find one with the angle of the retreat I saw, but I included one that shows the stocky legs and a bit of the tell-tale bobbed tail. This was no house kitty!

The last two photos are of the place I was standing when I had this special sighting. What a great way to start the year!

 

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About sherijkennedyriverside

Left brain, right brain, I can't decide. After many years of successful visual arts pursuits, I'm working on my other creative inclinations. For the past 8 years, writing has been my second full time job, and it's worth every sleepless night. Sheri J. Kennedy grew up mostly a city-girl coasthopping from Seattle to rural Pennsylvania, Miami and back to Seattle. She currently resides on the banks of the Snoqualmie River in the scenic Cascade Mountains. Her heart has found its home.
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11 Responses to A Bobcat on New Year’s Day!

  1. Didi Oviatt says:

    This is awesome!! Bobcats are beautiful and are supposed to be an awesome omen for patience and creativity!! Happy New Year to you!!

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  2. dedmanshootn says:

    super cool! i hope the Didi O. comment comes true for you šŸ™‚ thanks for sharing.

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  3. How exciting! That was a brilliant way to start the year!

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  4. Stupidly I pressed the post button before wishing you and yours a wonderful New Year Sheri! There, I’ve done it now šŸ˜€

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  5. bluebrightly says:

    OK. I’m very jealous – but I’m so happy for you – and hey, for the bobcat, I’m glad that it manages to exist in this busy world.

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    • Maybe you’ll get a chance to see one around here too. I’m sure you have the quietness when you’re focused on shooting. I really think that was the key, is I’d been at the riverside and very still for quite some time. Being downwind was blind luck!

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