Fun Fri: Horrible Yet Wonderful

Today’s Fun Friday post features an image I captured yesterday morning, shortly after sunrise, at my rural Missouri home. As I began doing some dreaded housecleaning, my driveway alarm went off. I was sure it was the twin fawns again (I’m seeing them everyday now … in fact, the two are with mom in the backyard right now, grazing). But I saw nothing. Keeping my eyes trained to the area covered by the monitor, I was both surprised and thrilled to see a large, adult Bobcat emerging from the woods!

I grabbed my camera (it was on the kitchen island, right behind me) and began to photograph. But the camera wouldn’t fire. Seems I had removed the memory card the night before, to download images onto my computer, and failed to return it! I ran into another room, grabbed another memory card, ran back into the kitchen and inserted the card. By this time, the bobcat was farther away and beginning to cross my front yard. I did manage to capture ONE image … a rather horrible image, but one that was wonderful to capture:


I have seen several bobcats on my property in the 18 years I’ve lived here. But this one was the largest one I’ve ever seen here, by far. In fact, when I first saw it, I thought it may have been a small mountain lion crossing our area (rare, but occasionally happens).

Photographic Equipment Used:

  • Canon 7D Mark II body
  • Canon 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 IS lens
  • ¬†Handheld, with IS “On”
  • ISO 400
  • Aperture f/5.6
  • Shutter 1/4 sec. (I didn’t have time to play with exposure controls … just a quick “point and shoot”)



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