Innocence

It has been a wonderful weekend and I have taken some shots that I really liked and had planned to send out tonight, perhaps a coyote, mallard in flight or a flower or two. They were all nice and I think you would have enjoyed them. I have been taking my late afternoon walks in hopes of seeing the new bobcat family in the neighborhood, but they have eluded me including on my walk tonight.

As I was dishing up dinner tonight, there was a knock on the front door and our friend and neighbor Dan was at the door telling me that the bobcat family was on the side of our home ... luckily I still had shoes on and the camera was close by ... quickly and quietly I was out the door.

The family consists of the Mom and three kittens; I have never seen more than two before and they were absolutely beautiful. For the next six minutes I was able to follow them through a few yards and then let them alone and am hoping I did not keep them from getting a meal tonight. The mom is the same cat I shot a couple of weeks ago and she is still looking a little thin, but with three kittens to provide for that is understandable. This is the image I like the best and the expression on the kittens face is that of a young creature who has just entered this world not all that long ago and is learning the skills it needs to survive. He seems to be staring into the future as much as at me ... new life and it does go on without the help or intervention of man.

For those who follow the metadata you will see it was quite dark when I shot this at 6:25 PM. ISO 1600, f2.8, 320mm (200mm w/1.6 crop) and only able to get 1/45th of a second. It was dark!

Thank you Dan and Joann, I wouldn't have this moment of beauty to share if you hadn't knocked. A new week is underway and it looks like it will be a very good one for us and I hope for you too.

Take care, be well and look for beauty ... around you and in others ... it already resides in you.

Cheers

Ted

May words unkind and false ne'er pass your lips,

Nor harsh and low ambitions drive you on.

Max Ehrmann

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