Bobcat Love

Yesterday, this awesome, wild, slender bobcat dropped by.

Closeup of the bobcat perched on the pillar in the backyard.
Closeup of the bobcat perched on the pillar in the backyard. Click photo to enlarge.

There’s a bobcat family that lives around here and we get glimpses of them once in a while.  Usually, we catch them in a blurr of hurried motion.

Once in a while, we are blessed to have a lingering, eye to eye, soul to soul encounter and in those moments, there is no feeling of danger.  A part of me questions the wisdom of that because after all, they are wild untamed undomesticated creatures with survival instincts.  It is what it is.  We are who we are.

We are grateful to observe the wild in its natural habitat.  They are grateful for the water source we maintain.  It feels like we have an understanding that transcends language.

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There has been no shortage of thirsty animals lately.  Daily the deer and coyotes have been visiting the watering hole.  Francisca photographed them while I was away on a business trip.

Yesterday, she was the one to spy this cutie in the main courtyard.  I went around the house to see if I could get some photos and she tried to calm the dog to keep her from barking.  Neither of us expected what happened next.

The bobcat, circled to the back of the house where it decided to rest next to the patio furniture.

Satisfied with my first photo, when I came back in the house, I found that Francisca had gone out to the back patio to get a closer look.  I followed.  And, miraculously, the dog who was left inside the house co-operated by keeping quiet.

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Solar Eclipse in Cave Creek and more…

From Cave Creek, you could not see the ring of fire because of our location.  To see the ring, you needed to be in way northern AZ.

This is my favorite of the photos I managed to snap.

It’s been a fun day.  The morning started with my daughter spying a jackrabbit.  She said he was cute.  I have seen him in the last two weeks.  He is at least two and a half times the size of a regular cotton tail.

Then, just before the eclipse, a pack of coyotes came to the watering hole.  The dog scared them away.

Then just a bit later, my daughter called me to show me the king snake that was slithering away, just past the porch in the back yard.

And, after the eclipse, my husband spotted a large bob cat that came to drink.  Can you spot him?

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