Sometimes, even when you’re not looking, you encounter the unexpected.
Such was the case when we stumbled across this scrawny bobcat wandering through the woods after a morning snowstorm, looking for supper.
He reminded me of a friend who recently lost her beloved cat, Lucky. He was curious, intent, and full of life.
I watched him hunt through the lens of my camera edging up to him ever so cautiously, trying to get as close as I dared. He was much more interested in catching supper, than he was in me.
I hope he finds peace, tranquility, and a fabulous supper.
We felt lucky to cross paths.
We got quite the winter storm this week…. and I don’t know what it is, but storms always seem to bring the animals.
Of course, we are always delighted to see them. I always tell them… ‘I’ll make you famous’… if only they knew!
These poor little guys were hunkered down looking for warmth and food.
Even the dry twigs seemed like tasty food for these guys who were rummaging through the snow looking for something to eat.
Of course, kids will be kids, and all they cared about was playing in the snow! Typical! : )
You can check out more snow pix here… https://kritterspaw.com/2019/02/23/snow/
We finally got a little snow…. not much, but enough to have the animals hunker down and get out of the wind and snow. This little pygmy owl sat and gazed at the snow and watched it come in. Any time we see some of the more ‘exotic’ and rare animals, we are thrilled… and this pygmy owl was no exception.
While the East coast is getting hit with repeated snow storms, Arizona is getting left out of the action. Now I know most people don’t think of AZ as getting snow… but for Northern Arizona it is part of our seasons, and one we count on to get precipitation to keep our trees healthy and our forests free from wildfires. For a normal winter (October – March, or so) we would expect to see maybe 6′ – 10′ of snow. While that may not be a lot for some Eastern states, it’s about right for us. Thus far this winter, we have seen none.
That is until this past weekend. I’m happy to report we finally got some snow! Woohoo. We probably got about 8″ at our home. Having been house bound, we opted to go to the rim to check out their snow and maybe get some pix.
The rim probably got around a foot of snow. It was beautiful.
There is something special about new fallen fresh snow, clinging to the trees and their trunks. It is a magical sight. I never used to like snow – too cold. But I have developed an appreciation for it’s beauty.
… and it always tends to bring out the animals. We were lucky to see a number of elk – all of whom where quite surprised to see our Jeep slogging through the deep snow.
I’ve said it before, when it snows, the animals come out… and we love it.
We’ve had quite a few deer doe moms and babies… and an assortment of young bucks.
We’ve even had the occasional elk, who have been pretty elusive lately.
In the New Year we were welcomed with snow… and deer. It’s an awesome way to start the new year with fresh snow and new life. This deer mama brought her deer baby (probably 6 months old). Fantastic. Happy New Year!
We’ve only lived in the mountains with the snow for a few years (4 years this year). So we are still trying to figure out the weather patterns and such. I have no idea how you know when the snow is over, and Spring is on the way. But then neither do the weather forecasters.
We got our last snow just last week, on Groundhog Day of all things.
But since that snow, the animals have been coming out of hiding. We have seen deer and elk in the community, in the forest, and on the roads.
As I type this, I’m watching this little bunny hopping around our front yard looking for food. The chipmunks and squirrels are active… and the birds are coming back. The ground is alive with blue jays and the occasional yellow bird even.
Yesterday we saw several wasps and bees make their first appearance.
We may have another dusting of snow still this winter… but it sure seems like the animals know something the rest of us don’t… Spring is coming.