1.05.2018

Mountain Lions


I stepped outside
to have a mountain lion cub
(large)
run in front of me


did I really see that?


as the cub moved into the forest


I heard it calling
and
another responding

two siblings wanting to be near one another

 
this is the sibling
making its way to the other

notice that its spots are near invisible
that might make it 6 months of age

here is a short video I captured:


that was the first time I have ever seen a mountain lion
in the wild

I have to say it was quite wonder-full!
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51 comments:

  1. Enchanted! What a wonderful sight.

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    1. So nice to have you stop by Donna.

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  2. A mountain lion, oh my. My mother-in-law has seen a few in her time living in the mountains as well. That must have been a surprise for you....a pleasant surprise.

    I hope the new year is being good to you, Tammie Lee.

    ~Sheri

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    1. THank you Sheri, a wonderful surprise it was. Happy New Year to you too!

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  3. What a wonderful experience! You were very fortunate to have them visit!

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  4. Incredible...cool...wow! What a gift...

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    1. Yes, it felt like a gift, still does.

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  5. What wonderful shots Tammie. I loved the little film as well. In that first shot, you've really got eye contact! What a wonderful thing to happen to celebrate the New Year!!

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    1. Yes, eye contact in a photograph does make it sink in.

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  6. Wonderful experience! I am so happy that you were able to catch the experience in photos and share it with us!

    Are the mountain lions going to make any appearances in your art?

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    1. Thank you for enjoying Renee.
      I have done one piece with a mountain lion.
      I think you are right and these might show up now.

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  7. How wonderful you experienced this. Thanks so much for sharing!

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    1. Thank you, I am still smiling.

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  8. I love that! I would also be seriously freaked out and yet in total and complete awe!

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    1. Well if the mamma showed up, that would have been a different story.

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  9. That would be awesome. I have never seen a mountain lion in the wild, it's on my list though. I wonder where the momma was?

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    1. They were my first lions. I have no idea where mamma was. I am curious too.

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  10. What beauties! I wonder if, at six months, they're weaned from their mother and on their own, or if momma was off on a hunt.

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    1. I am told they are weaned around 3 months.
      I also read that they stay with their mom for 1.5-2 years of age.

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    2. The sad thing is that maybe their mother got killed by some whack job hunter.

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  11. So wonderful that you could experience it - unique - such beauty!
    Happy weekend
    Crissi

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  12. OH MY ♥ What delightful visitors you had. Thanks for sharing the joy ♥

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  13. mais tu habites dans une jungle hivernale:))extraordinaire!!! bises, bon 2018 !

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    1. yes indeed, with all the wildlife that comes with the forest.

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  14. What a beauty! I can't believe my eyes!!

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  15. I am speechless! WOW!!!!!!

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  16. What a spectacular sight to have experienced; thank you for sharing it with us!

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  17. Wow,Tammie! What a great job of photographing the cubs. Were those tracks on your porch or your bridge? Loved the video!

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  18. Wow, what an encounter! It's great that you managed to document in your photos and in the lovely video!

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  19. Gosh Tammie Lee, that was a blessing. The other lion sounded like a dog barking! :) What a wonderful totem to visit you! :) The photos and video are treasures!

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  20. Wow. What an amazing experience. I would love to live somewhere where there are exciting creatures like that.

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  21. Wow,,,!!!What an amazing work of photographing the cubs.
    However,you are such a brave woman.
    The short video you captured is also great!
    The last photo is verrry beautiful. Happy New Year to you!

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  22. Wow! Very nice pictures! And very beautiful animal!

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  23. Wow .. what an amazing sight! Thanks for sharing this it's really special.
    The video is a gem.
    Happy Wednesday!
    Ruby

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  24. Wow - what an amazing encounter!

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  25. sounds exciting somehow. I don't know if I would be brave enough to be near the lions. they don't seem scary but I don't know. I like the paw prints.

    have a lovely day.

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  26. What a gift! I wish that I had been there but your photos, video, and words make me feel like I was. You are extremely lucky to have had the chance to see those kittens!

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    1. Thank you KB. I was hoping that you would see this post. I have enjoyed all your lion (and other) videos.
      I feel lucky too.

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  27. Oh Tammie, how amazing!!! How lucky you are to have seen these kittens so close by (did you ever worry that the mom was close by?). I have never seen a cougar in the wilderness even though we have quite some here. They have seen me I'm sure, but not the other way around. Wonderful photos and short video - thank you!

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    1. I was completely aware of the possibility of a mama.
      This is my first sighting. It was quite enlivening.
      I have heard that is true about lions seeing us, but not us seeing them. With bears too.

      Thank you for enjoying.

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  28. Oh my, Tammy... This is such a fabulous encounter, I can easily imagine how excited you were!
    A very iconic animal to me, all my life I dreamt of them and the wolves.
    Lucky you :))))
    Many thanks for your sweet words on my posts, and for appreciating that magnificent sentence about the soul being a crystal.
    "Still my heart"... these words appear in at least 2 different songs but the one I listen too most often it that of Vangelis in "Loosing Sleep":
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VowX3fwTt_A
    I am flying off to Kenya next wednesday for a month, so I won't be blogging but I am pre-programming a few posts.
    Warm hugs and take care :)

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    1. So interesting that you have dreamt of them all your life. I have had a couple lion dreams and many bear.
      Thank you for the song. I wish you a wonderful time in Kenya and look forward to your photos.

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  29. What a memorable sighting - the kind that every naturalist would give just about anything to experience, but can only dream about. Your year is made!

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Warm greetings to you~

Thank you for visiting and also for sharing your thoughts and feelings. Seeing through your eyes and heart mean so much to me!

Tammie