Mountain Lion and Elk

headed into the forest and through the meadow on skis
day a blend of subtle grays greens and white
following the tracks of a lone coyote
a song of twitter tweet 
tiny birds

then a splash of movement and rich browns

a tribe of elk
they looked at me
I at them

they turned and trotted through the trees

continuing on
a fresh trail of a lone mountain lion 

I could not help but follow

a month or so ago
  I found a lion had walked in my tracks

now I follow the lion

somehow I feel an affinity to these quiet winter woods

the lion tracks were between 3.5 inches and 4"




  1. That's amazing, gave me a chill! Beautiful photos, wish I was there.

  2. Beautiful winter photos from a great area. So beautiful animals in the forest. Exciting tracks you have found.
    Have a nice winter weekend to you.
    Greetings from Hilda

  3. ...your awesome photography is amazing! ~ and your winter ~ luscious in a bone tingling way! ~ yoU honour her snow gown sO intimately ~ thankyoU for such an exquisite share Tammie Lee! ~ blessed be!...

  4. Beautiful photography, Tammie! Be extra careful of that mountain lion.

  5. WoW!! My eyes just hypnotized by your stunning beautiful pictures!! =)

    You following a coyote's tracks!
    you following a mountain lion's tracks!
    and before all that, a lion had followed your tracks!

    It sounds fantastic to me.. I would be a little afraid for the mountain lions.. am I right in feeling that? I'm not quite sure what a mountain lion is.. if it is a sort of puma??

    What fantastic pictures, what a nature, what snow, what TRACKS!!

    And the elk is sooo lovely! To me those elks are in some way similar to the deer in my country, but still not the same..

    Lovely weekend to you! :)

  6. Hi Jen,
    yes, I was a bit on heightened awareness, as i knew the tracks were somewhat fresh..... some time during the night or today.


    yes, exciting


    yes luscious in a bone tingling way ;-)

    Juday, thank you, i will be careful- bear spray?

    Viola Yes, a little afraid would be understandable. They are also called cougars.... Puma might be similar. Someone to see from a distance or in a car would be good.
    I love finding tracks in the snow, it is one of the many gifts of winter. The Elk were gorgeous as can be. There were at least 8 of them. Some where laying on the ground, sorry to have disturbed them! We have deer also, much smaller are the deer.

    thank you all for your visits!


  7. Your words and photos let us enjoy your experience. Thank you.

  8. Its not always these days we are humbled by our place in the food chain... cool and intense experience, I'm sure! More so when you found that a cat had walked in YOUR footsteps, yikes. People have seen lions here, but they stay soo hidden and in the rocky hills that not everyone is convinced their here.
    Beautiful shots!

  9. Terence,
    wonderful to have you stop by.

    I have never seen a lion here, just a few of their tracks. But my neighbors had two in their drive way this summer!

    So we are seeing them.....

  10. ~i am savoring this post after a long long day...tammie...the life you share is one so many long to live...blessed you are to live near the woods and experience the magic of nature...the rythms and cycles of life...you captured the esssence of winter beautifully my dear friend...much love light and blessings

  11. You bring back memories I had forgotten, of snowy afternoons midst the pewter; snorting deer suddenly there. . . . just wonderful! thank you

    Aloha from Waikiki
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  12. You are a part of this magical land.

  13. Breathtaking words and pictures...you really took me with you on this wonder-walk.

  14. We are blessed to walk in harmony with Nature, Tammie. Your scenery and encounters are magical. Stay safe.

  15. What beautiful winter scenes! Those elk are just gorgeous - and huge!

  16. Oh Tammie you are so lucky to live so close to this level of magnificence. The elk are stunning; I was once lucky enough to encounter a mother and two calves in Finland.
    Mountain Lion tracks and the cat itself! It is heartening to have someone like yourself near them as guardian of a wilderness. I hope your winter brings more of the same beauty to your door.

  17. Wow! Thanks for sharing this beauty! So beautiful to see and reed.
    Warm greetings to you, Mirthe

  18. TL - what an amazing adventure - the tracks of mountain lion - so superb and clear in the snow - wonderful thing to see and photograph. B

  19. Thanks for so much peace ... by such beauty, soothe the soul ...
    Your photos are beautiful ... beautiful ...
    A kiss!

  20. You live the life a great many of us dream of living but might not be capable of living. This is so perfectly heavenly...

  21. Oh Tammie! You are more courageous than I!! Your world more wild . . . a larger westerly way. You are daring that mountain lion. I hope he or she sees you as we do . . . a gift in nature not to be eaten or preyed upon but to marvel at and appreciate. Take care! I hope you are not alone out there . . . I know it must be thrilling beyond words. . . not knowing what creatures may be eyeing you! Wondrous photos! What stunning woods and Elk! Any mountain lion would smile and stalk awhile. Thanks for sharing your large and wonderful world. Carol

  22. WOW...this totally sends shivers up and down my spine Tammie...to see mountain cat prints and to follow them? BRAVE WOMAN!!

    You always capture the 'Best' Photo's!!!!!

    Hope this weekend is filled with many magic moments for you and each one is blessed. :)

  23. such gorgeous winter woods...

    and noticing the little things...the tracks in the snow! beautiful!

    the white on white mountain lion tracks and the pair of elk butts!! love it!!

    so peaceful...thanks tammie...for sharing the beauty in YOUR world...through YOUR eyes! :)

  24. I'm just fall in love with elks.. thanks a lot for share with us this worderful vision.. thanks my friend

    Zia Artemisia

  25. Montana and Alberta have such a wealth of wonderful wilderness. Here in South West Scotland we have a mini wilderness, but nowhere near the variety of wildlife and flora and fauna that you have on the prairies and mountains.
    Wonderful pictures.

  26. wow...that is so wonderful.xxx

  27. Elk and mountain lions wandering around in this wilderness is a dream to encounter! These pictures are wilderness captured through your lens :-) Thanks for sharing!

  28. Tammie,
    I have to admit I have a deep fear of mountain lions. In California, they have attacked & mauled people, & here in NM (down by silver City) a guy got killed by one. the odds are low, but still- Be safe out there!

  29. How many times have I come here and been transported to a different and most magical place? Thank you, once again, for the experience.

  30. Wow, stunning photos Tammie. Love the lion story to finish. And elk, how majestic these animals are. I haven't seen one in years, thanks for sharing here.

    Happy Week, G :<)

  31. Precioso blog y bonitas fotos.
    Saludos desde Gijon-Asturias-España.

  32. I often envy you for the life that you can live and am very excited about this fantastic impressions and your poetic words.

    warm hugs an be careful ... but I'm sure, that you know whatever you do ♥


  33. What an experiene, Tammie. Were you afraid?

  34. thank you all for your wonderful messages and thoughts.
    I was not afraid, don't know why. More curious and cautious. I thought the tracks were fairly fresh, but hours old. It was interesting to see elk tracks join on at one point, following the lion for a while. I never saw the lion, they get around.

  35. Wow..what a truly gorgeous post..in words..energy.and visually....such a mystical journey unfolding..MAGICAL! your words pulled me into the snowy dream of creatures!!
    hugs..that was mega-beautiful!

  36. Terrific series of photos! I wish we had that much snow now. I also followed a cat the other day, but his tracks were about three days old.

  37. Dear Tammie, you're a real artist.
    Thank you for your wonderful work!

  38. You are so very talented. These elk are so elegant to see. Thank you for this gorgeous post.

  39. you are very privileged being this close to so much natural beauty

  40. So breathtaking. The elk are so majestic. And the tracks...it is amazing to find them in the snow - to wonder when they were there and what it was. Glad you were safe and that you were able to capture this beauty on film.

  41. It sounds as if you had an awesome outing on your skis. To see elk and to follow a mountain lion is marvelous. Your next to last photo is beautiful.

  42. And you are blessed to walk where they have done..
    and they with you beneath the Sun...

  43. You and I are very similar - and most people don't understand us. "I could not help but follow" - I have said that so many times when I've found mountain lion tracks.

    And, like you, I've found lion tracks in my tracks when he must have followed just a few minutes behind me. I have to admit - that one did scare me a little.

    Isn't our wildlife wonderful?

  44. Some beautiful nature shots and at 3.5 to 4 inches it's a good thing for you that neither of you ever found each other.

  45. Stunningly gorgeous scenery. If I exhale, I swear I can almost see my own breath. The mountain lion was tracking you???? Oh, brave soul. Be careful!

  46. I really enjoyed this post, Tammie. If you weren't such a keen observer and so in tune with nature, you may never have noticed a mountain lion walked in your tracks. Amazing photo...and a gift for you. It really is a connection.

  47. Funny, Tammie - I've just been having an online discussion about elk with another blogger from Finland. He tells me they are involved in thousands of road collisions each year in Finland. Far better to view them safely in the forests. As for that mountain lion - I wonder if you'll ever come face to face! Beautiful scenery as always, and you are as much a part of it as it is of you.

  48. They all touch me. Knowing we get to live with such beauty, that you bring it that much closer, warms the heart. The sky , the water, the macro detail,leads one inside, to become a part of the photograph. I see those things in your eyes as well, beyond the blue, like falling into space, into nature, into life. Thank you for all.


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