"What ARE You?" (VERTICAL 4x5 ASPECT RATIO) --- Here is one of SEVEN baby lynx that visited my back deck in Alaska, early one autumn morning 2017. This lynx kit was curious figure out what I was, since I was standing motionless in a long bathrobe, with a camera covering my face, going click, click, click. After a moment I made the mistake of pulling the camera a bit away from my face, at which point the kitten launched into panicked flight! This is the moment the kitten was just beginning to wonder if its curiosity was wise. Wish I had a video!
"Sleeping Lady Sunrise" --- Here is Sleeping Lady (Mt. Susitna) awakening on a crisp autumn morning with a covering of fresh snow, as if she'd pulled her sheets up in the night. In Alaska we have a name for the first snows in the fall that cover the tops of nearby mountains; "Termination Dust". They got that name because they signal the "termination" of summer.
"Lynx Family Portrait" (square) --- Here is a shot of all eight, yes EIGHT, lynx that visited my deck in Alaska, early one autumn morning 2017. I think such a large litter is pretty rare! They woke me up frolicking on the deck, and I got to photograph them for the following 40 minutes or so. I've encounter lynx only a handful of times all the years I've hiked through Alaska. They are extremely furtive, and usually slink silently but quickly away about as soon as you see them. Interestingly, I found a rabbit carcass in our yard a couple days prior, and another one the day after; Now I know where those came from! We've seen LOTS of rabbits this year! For this shot, I had opened a door that has a wire-mesh screen on it, leaving only the screen between me and the lynx. I was motionless with my camera on silent mode, as they filed onto the deck. I think they couldn't see me very well through the screen, and they seemed to find the silent mode clicks more curious than alarming. Mama was intensely scanning everywhere for danger it seemed, but the kittens gazed a bit at the noise, then turned my deck into a romping room. It was SO FUN to watch and photograph them! Sidney Sullivan of our local TV station, KTUU, produced a very nice article and video about the encounter, which you can see here: https://goo.gl/1XQyxe
"Alaskan Alarm Clock" --- Two Alaska lynx kittens tear madly across my deck in almost continual play amongst the seven kittens, during 40 minutes I was privileged to watch them, early one autumn morning 2017. This is the scene I found as I came to the window, and is actually the very first frame I took in the entire encounter! Source: 2017_09_19_110398
"The Cliffs Of Kalalau" --- A few years back my oldest son and I hiked the Kalalau cliffs, and spent a few days & nights at the end of the trail, just back of the famous secluded beach there. Here is the view about half way there, where what appeared to be a Hawaiian ceremonial platform was lit by a ray of sunshine as I passed. What a wondrous, enchanted place!
"Rocky Falcon Cove" --- Here is the rocky beach and sea stack in Falcon Cove, Oregon, near Cannon Beach. There must sometimes be calm, warm, sunny days here. But it seemed like the ocean could just crash forever against this rocky shore when I visited on a cold, rainy, windy, foggy spring day, 2017.